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Monica L. Halem, MD | NYC Board Certified Dermatologist

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Silk Peel™

Silk Peel™ dermalinfusion NY Physician

Silk Peel

The SilkPeel Science

The term microdermabrasion covers a range of mechanical skin resurfacing procedures. These include the “old school” technology of using sand or aluminum particles to “sand blast” the skin, stripping away the superficial layer. It also includes the use of abrasive tips, fibrous pads or brushes to give the skin sort of a “polished” feel. However, it also includes the more advanced technology, known as dermalinfusion, which is growing rapidly worldwide in its popularity. While Dermalinfusion incorporates a form of microdermabrasion as part if its process, it accomplishes much more.


While they both remove a portion of the upper layer of the skin, or the stratum corneum, a SilkPeel is much more controlled and consistent in the way it operates. That is because, rather than blasting particles at skin (as with older microderm devices), or pushing an abrasive tip across the skin by hand, dermalinfusion uses the controlled vacuum pressure to pull the skin up into a chamber in the hand piece, where it is evenly abraded just as agressively or as softly as the vacuum pressure is set by the skincare professional. This is significant, because all other devices (including Diamond Tome, Hydrafacial, and Dermasweep) rely on the operator to apply the same pressure, at the same speed, consistently over the skin. Unfortunately getting a perfectly even, consistent treatment from beginning to end is just not humanly possible with these devices. If an operator leaves the particle blast in one place too long, they can remove too much skin, causing pinpoint bleeding, and damaging the skin. If the operator pushes the hand piece down too hard or too soft, they will under-treat or over-treat the skin – and perhaps both over different areas during the same treatment.

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The process of controlled exfoliation, or microdermabrasion is where the comparisons stop. However, it is just the beginning of the actual dermalinfusion treatment one receives during a SilkPeel procedure. This is where SilkPeel truly shines, both as a preferred treatment by the patient/client, and also as an invaluable tool for the skin care professional in treating a wide variety of skin conditions.

You see, with a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, that same controlled vacuum pressure that is used to pull the skin into the chamber, allowing the diamond abrasive tip to very consistently remove the stratum corneum, is also driving a therapeutically designed topical solution deep into the skin, right down to the dermal junction where the skin cells are regenerating. Think about this – as your skin is pulled up into the hand piece, the pores are stretched open, the top layer is stripped away, and at that very moment – not one second before or after, but at that moment when your skin is temporarily compromised and the pores are stretched open – the pneumatic pressure of the closed loop vacuum drives the solution down into the skin where it is needed most.

SilkPeel: The Gold Standard Non-Invasive Facial Rejuvenation

There are some devices that attempt to replicate dermalinfusion, by creating what they call “wet microdermabrasion”. That is, they scrape or blast away the skin, and then drip a solution onto the skin as they pass over. This will likely feel more comfortable than a traditional “dry” procedure, which can be quite irritating to already dry/damaged skin. But in reality, they are simply providing a lubrication so the exfoliation is not as harsh – they are not doing anything special to get the solution they are using to penetrate. Silkpeel’s dermalinfusion by contrast, provides the benefit of engaging the serum more deeply into the skin using pneumatic pressure to effect real penetration of an active ingredient.

In fact, the delivery of cutting edge ingredients to effect real benefits, visible improvements, to in effect transform your skin, is the very reason why the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion device was originally conceived into existence. And this is just what it does – quite well.

As has been reported in aesthetic medical publications recently that SilkPeel is being used for an ever increasing number of common skin conditions, and notably, with a great deal of success as well. From acne, to body treatments, to hyperpigmentation on the face, back and chest, dermalinfusion is making steady inroads to both dermatology and cosmetic surgery clinics.

In summary, microdermabrasion services (wet or dry, with crystals, diamond tips, or abrasive brushes) can be found at Dr. Monica Halem’s office in New York City. They can give a nice “polish” to the skin, by stripping away the stratum corneum. The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is found in medical practices and high-end medical spas and goes much further, not just providing an effective and controlled exfoliation, but also treating your skin with a variety of active ingredients that address all things tone and texture related from acne and acne scarring, to hyperpigmentation, photo-damage, fine-line wrinkles, and even stretch-marks, and surface appearance of cellulite.

If you are looking for a solution to your skin conditions, that can be done in non-invasive phases during your lunch hour, won’t leave your skin dry or excessively irritated, and delivers tangible results that last, then you owe it to yourself to talk to Dr. Halem.

Hyperpigmentation & Uneven Skintone

Most women (and many men) of every skin type will encounter hyperpigmentation at some point in their lives. For some the struggle is life-long. This has been one of the more difficult skin conditions to treat. For all you have read about Botox, fillers, lasers and facelifts that address wrinkles and skin laxity, they don’t do much for the clarity and evenness of skin tone – and they may even contribute to the formation of new hyperpigmentation in areas of the skin (known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH).

But now there is the Lumixyl SilkPeel, for hyperpigmentation. Lumixyl is an exciting new peptide technology developed by Stanford University research dermatologists. Clinical studies show that it is more effective than many hydroquinone products, in fading dark spots, patchy discolorations, and even melasma. At the same time, it is completely safe to use on skin, and causes no redness or irritation the way that hydroquione products often do.

The Lumixyl peptide has been formulated into a skin brightening SilkPeel ProInfusion Solution for the treatment of hyperpigmentation issues on the face, chest and other parts of the body. Your skincare professional will likely recommend a series of 4 to 6 treatments depending on the nature and severity of the skin tone issues you wish to address.

Thereafter, you may want get additional SilkPeel treatments from time to time, perhaps in one month intervals to maintain your results.

Acne, Blackheads & Acne Scaring

Introducing the Pore Clarifying SilkPeel with ClarityMD™ for the fast clearance of acne, without irritation. This is the first and only procedure available with PCX technology*, a breakthrough discovery that aids salicylic acid in clearing acne, without causing the side effects of such as excessive dryness, stinging, and redness/irritation often found with other prescription or acne solutions, gels or creams.

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But then again, this is not just a topical treatment. The Pore Clarifying SilkPeel is an entirely new approach to acne – addressing it comprehensively. You see, the contributing factors to acne are

1) the production of excessive sebum in skin; 2) the proliferation of P. acnes bacteria that feeds on the sebum, 3) the inflammation and irritation that is caused by the acne and the white cells sent to the sight of that inflammation to attack the problem; and 4) the resulting clogging of the pores that don’t allow normal skin oils and sebum to exit, OR medicine to enter.

The SilkPeel® Pore Clarifying Therapy addresses all of these factors in a way no cream or ointment could on its own. Here is how it works;

The Pore Clarifying System is a specially designed medical device (a machine for your skin) that your dermatologist or skincare professional will use to treat your skin. It uses a patented technology called “Dermalinfusion™” which is only truly found with SilkPeel. This is a process of using an abrasive tip to remove the top micro-layers of the skin and at the same time, infuse a active ingredients deep into the skin tissue where it can really work.

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However this device has a new hand-piece that is different from traditional SilkPeel technology, and especially designed to treat acne. It uses a medical grade disposable nylon brush tip that is very effective at breaking up the comedonal plug that is blocking your pore – the bristles get right into that plug and break it up. As it does, there is a closed loop vacuum that pulls those comedones up and out of your skin, along with the excess sebum, oils and other impurities that are aggravating your acne condition. And the final piece of the puzzle is solved as the pneumatic pressure of that closed loop system infuses a salicylic solution right down to the base of the pores where it can really go to work eliminating the P acnes where they have been living and thriving.

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This is comprehensive acne treatment because it addresses all of the causes of acne – the excess sebum, the P. acnes, and the clogged pores. And the gentle microdermabrasion stimulates healthy cellular turnover and skin function without the irritation and inflammation associated with other treatments.

The results patients are seeing are equally impressive:

ClarityMD Pore Clarifying SilkPeel & The ClarityMD Acne Solution

Once you achieve the clear, healthy complexion you desire with the help of SilkPeel, you are going to want to maintain your results, by coming back for an occasional SilkPeel treatment about once per month or so. You will also want to use an acne oriented skincare line to promote healthy skin function in between. The ClarityMD Acne Solution is an excellent choice.

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Why? Well, there is a reason that ClarityMD Acne Solution was voted Best Adult Acne Solution by Harper’s Bazaar in their 2013 “Best In Beauty” edition. That is because ClarityMD is exceptionally hard on acne, but at the same time, it improves the texture of your skin. Skin becomes softer, and smoother. Blackheads melt away, and the actual appearance of your pores becomes smaller and less noticeable.

Use the ClarityMD Deep Pore Cleanser twice per day (first thing in the morning and last thing at night), and follow up with the Clarifying Gel on days you do not have a scheduled SIlkPeel. Dab it on the problem areas of your face and spread it outward across your entire face for maximum benefits.

With ClarityMD and SIlkPeel, acne breakouts will become a thing of the past – and without the redness and irritation of other acne products because it has no alcohol, no benzoyl peroxide, and no parabens or harsh preservatives. your skin texture will actually improve while your acne goes away.

Please feel free to contact our office for more information on the Silk Peel tm treatment today!