clean slate: the new facial wash

February 28, 2013

PCA SKIN is always striving to provide the very best products to our Certified Professionals and their patients. As of this week, we have launched the newly reformulated Facial Wash in an effort to improve on an already great product.

Facial Wash by PCA SKIN

Facial Wash by PCA SKIN

The first step to healthy, flawless skin is a gentle and effective cleanser. The purpose of the cleanser is to remove environmental pollutants, dirt, makeup, excess sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria, leaving a clean palette for any correctives you will be using on the skin. Facial Wash now has even more advanced ingredients to give the best cleanse possible for any skin type, even sensitive skin or those with rosacea.

Among the key ingredients in Facial Wash is lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in milk and sugars. AHAs work mainly as exfoliants by breaking down the bonds between cells called desmosomes. This permits the dead surface cells to slough off, creating the appearance new healthy skin. Lactic acid’s larger molecular size allows it to penetrate into the skin slowly, reducing the chances of irritation, and making it an excellent choice for more sensitive skin types. Lactic acid also helps to even skin tone and is very hydrating to the skin.

The use of aloe vera dates back thousands of years in Egypt, the Philippines and India for its medicinal properties. The extracts provide a healing quality due to the vitamins, minerals and amino acids it contains. Aloe vera forms a protective layer over impaired skin and acts quickly to assist the healing process. Aloe vera is also full of moisture, giving it the ability to hydrate the skin and restore moisture that has been lost.

The addition of Salix nigra (willow) bark extract gives Facial Wash an extra boost. This extract is a natural salicin, meaning it produces salicylic acid-like materials. It is a safe way to get the benefits of a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) without the risk of irritation. Willow bark extract helps to calm and soothe the skin, and can also clear follicular debris.

With added surfactants for a deep clean, Facial Wash surpasses the intention of a gentle, foaming cleanser. Not only does it set up the skin for proper penetration of correctives, but it also gives the skin a treatment in itself with the amazing blend of quality ingredients.

Questions about our new Facial Wash? Call the Practice Development Group at 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546] from 7am – 6pm Arizona time Monday-Friday.


it’s all in the jar

January 28, 2013

PCA SKIN® has three unique cleansing bars that are geared for specific skin conditions: Pigment Bar®Dry Skin Relief Bar® and Blemish Control Bar. All three of these bars are great for addressing specific skin concerns on both the face and the body. All three bars come with sponges that should be moistened with water and then used to produce a lather within the jar. This lather is then meant to sit on the skin for at least two minutes. These bars also pair well with the electric, rotating brushes available in both retail stores and physicians’ practices. If you are a licensed skin care professional, these bars offer a little extra for your patients when used as a second cleanse.

PCA SKIN's Blemish Control Bar.

PCA SKIN’s Blemish Control Bar.

Our Blemish Control Bar does exactly what it says it does: it controls acne breakouts on the face and any part of the body, such as the back, chest and shoulders. It helps fight follicular debris associated with acne, as well as minimize the excess keratinization within the follicles which, in turn, minimizes the impactions that exacerbate breakouts. It is gentle, smoothing and is perfect for anyone with oily or breakout-prone skin. Its advanced formulation works to eradicate higher bacterial populations and, in addition, this is a great product for those suffering with pseudofolliculitis barbae (PSB), otherwise known as ingrown hairs. Some of the ingredients that make up this powerhouse in a jar include:

Salicylic Acid – this is an anti-acne ingredient that is able to penetrate through oil-filled follicles. It is also keratolytic and calms and soothes the skin.

Eucalyptus Leaf Oil and Hemlock Oil this combination of beneficial oils which suppress microorganism growth.

Sulfur – this ingredient provides purifying action that aids in the reduction of breakouts.

Vitamin E – this is an excellent antioxidant and emollient ingredient that protects the lipids in the body, including cell membranes, from oxidation.

If you have any questions regarding the Blemish Control Bar, or any of our condition-focused products and treatments, contact our highly trained team at 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546] between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Arizona time. We look forward to hearing from you!