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ICE? Acne & Anti-Aging

ICE - Icing can be very beneficial for your skin. You literally take a piece of ice & glide it all over your face. It helps inflammation, redness, penetrate products deep, & can tighten your skin. Keep ice moving at all times for about 30 seconds.

Difference between AHA & BHA

What Does Exfoliation Do?

Exfoliation helps your skin look younger, promote blood flow, collagen production, and improve overall skin health. With so many exfoliating products out there, how do we know what to use and what is appropriate for our skin type and need? To better understand what to use, we must first understand how they work and what skin types and conditions will benefit from each category.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, and grapes. They work by melting the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together, to help the skin’s natural shedding process. AHA’s are made up of tiny molecules of water loving and water soluble acids. AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate the skin’s surface and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content. A main point of difference is that they don’t penetrate as deep as BHA and the effects are felt on the surface of the skin. AHA’s are great to rejuvenate aging skin.

On the other hand, Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is an oil loving acid. BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and whiteheads. BHA can get through the oil that clogs pores and helps to normalize the lining of the pore that contributes to acne. BHA’s have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. BHA’s are sometimes preferred for those struggling with rosacea. However, not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant – it’s best to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds. It is likely you’ll see less redness and a smoother, even skin with fewer breakouts. Visit Us at Mary Scott Skincare (Los Angeles)


  • AHA:
Glycolic acid: derived from sugar cane

  • Lactic acid: derived from milk

  • Mandelic acid: derived from bitter almonds

  • Tartaric acid: derived from grapes
  • Malic acid: derived from apples and pears

  • Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits

It is important to note that with today’s technology, most of these acids are derived synthetically. This is to keep the acid stable, allow for use for those with allergies to natural substances, and control its strength.

  • BHA:
Salicylic acid: derived from the Willow Bark Tree and others.
  • Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits and considered a cross over acid. It can be an AHA or a BHA depending on its formulation. 

What is Vivant ProPeel?

Vivant ProPeel is a safe and effective chemical peel used to dramatically improve the appearance of aging skin and acne. Designed for individuals who desire a fresher, clearer appearance, ProPeel removes dead skin cells and stimulates cell regeneration, collagen, and elastin growth in the deep layers of the skin, revealing clearer, more youthful skin. Vivant ProPeel also lightens brown spots and patches on the face and brings whiteheads and blackheads to the surface of the skin, clearing the skin faster. The chemical peel can also be used on all skin types and tones, and treatments are customized specifically to each patient to ensure the best possible results.

What results can patients expect from Vivant ProPeel chemical peels?
Typically, the procedure will take only 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Immediately after the procedure, the skin may appear sun-burned or yellowish, but 2-3 days later, the skin will begin to peel to reveal clearer skin*. For patients with sun-damaged skin, acne problems, or uneven pigment, a series of 4 to 6 treatments every 4 to 8 weeks is recommended for maximal effectiveness. Like all chemical peels, ongoing protection from the sun and use of at-home treatment is important for the best results.