Spa and Dermatological Treatment Glossary

Beta-Hydroxy Acid Treatment

Clears up oil and dissolves dead skin cells which can clog pores and cause acne; also known as salicylic acid peel.

Body Wrap

The body is covered with mud, clay, or seaweed to exfoliate and detoxify the skin. Plastic, sheets, or towels are wrapped around the body while the mask sets.

Chemical Peel

Removes the top layers of the skin. Light peels help control acne and smooth skin; medium peels correct pigment problems and reduce fine lines; deep peels smooth out deep wrinkles and remove blotches.

Cortisone Injection

Reduces redness and puffiness of pimples.

European Facial

A classic cleansing facial which usually includes steam, exfoliation, and extractions.

Extraction

Removal of the dead skin cells that harden and clog up pores (usually done during a facial).

Glycolic-Acid Treatment

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid which removes dead cells on the surface of the skin and can reduce acne, fine lines, and brown spots.

Laser Resurfacing

In this treatment, a dermatologist uses a laser to remove surface skin cells to correct scars and reduce wrinkles and sun damage.

Microdermabrasion

Exfoliates and resurfaces the skin by blasting it with tiny crystals. Helps minimize problems such as acne, sun spots, and fine lines.

Oxygenating Mask

A mask that keeps oxygen close to your skin to hydrate it and help it fight against damaging pollution and free radicals.

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