frequency of treatment for optimal results with PCA SKIN®

As clinicians we want to provide the best possible treatments for our patients’ skin. Once we have figured out which professional treatment or treatments will best suit the client, we must then figure out how frequently we can treat them. PCA SKIN’s philosophy follows the low-dose approach; meaning, inducing the least amount of irritation to the skin to achieve optimal results.

PCA SKIN recommends basing frequency of treatment on the condition.  For the best results, follow these guidelines:

Uneven skin tone may be treated every 3 weeks – If you treat uneven skin tone every two weeks, you are causing too much irritation; if you treat uneven skin tone every four weeks, you are allowing pigment to be deposited again into the keratinocytes.  By treating uneven skin tone every three weeks, you are suppressing the melanocyte from producing more melanin and, lightening the already darkened cells as they rise to the surface of the skin, which will minimize the appearance of the discoloration as you are treating it.

Acne (all types) may be treated every two weeks – If you treat the acne every week, it can cause too much irritation, and if you wait every three or four weeks, this gives the P. acnes bacteria more time to proliferate.  By treating acneic skin types every two weeks, you are staying ahead of the bacteria production while minimizing the appearance of future breakouts and encouraging the healing process.

Sensitive skin and rosacea may be treated every four weeks – Because the skin is already irritated in most sensitive skin situations, treating it more frequently than every four weeks will cause too much irritation.

Aging skin may be treated every three weeks – Aging skin types are usually also combating uneven skin tone. Treating the aging patient every three weeks not only manages the hyperpigmentation, but keeps the skin hydrated and infused with firming and plumping ingredients.

Ultimately, the goal is to have our patients come in on a once-a-month basis for skin health maintenance.  Also, we must stress to each of our patients the importance of daily care in conjunction with regular in-office treatments.

PCA SKIN provides daily care and professional in-office treatment products to address all skin types and all skin conditions, as well as live technical support.  Call our team at 877-722-7546 with any treatment and patient questions or concerns between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Arizona time.


5 Responses to frequency of treatment for optimal results with PCA SKIN®

  1. skinbycarrielorrain says:

    Reblogged this on skinbycarrielorrain and commented:
    Great info! Please read. 🙂

  2. Mauryn says:

    what if the client (acneic skin) is still peeling?

    • Hi Mauryn:

      It the client is still in the peeling process, then it is best to wait until the skin has re-epithelialized before applying any more peels.

      • Mauryn says:

        Hi, So instead of doing a chemical peel every 2 weeks I’ll do it every 3 weeks then? Thank you

      • Hi Mauryn:

        When treating acne, the reason it’s recommended to treat every two weeks, is to keep the bacteria under control. However, in the case where the patient is still peeling from a previous treatment, then every three weeks would be fine. Once the patient’s skin becomes more healthy and doesn’t peel as much, then be sure to go back to an every two week schedule. You might also consider spot treating areas that are not peeling and avoiding areas that are.

        Let us know if you have any other questions!

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