Our very own Copley was married this weekend and just in time for the Big Day I got to try SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, a skin resurfacing treatment that is an interesting alternative to microdermabrasion. SilkPeel proved to be quite a revelation, gentle enough to be used on the eyes and the lips, but still very effective.

Behind SilkPeel is Lumixyl, the company that makes one of the few effective dark spot treatments I’ve found so far, Topical Brightening Crème. The treatment, which has been around since 2005, is designed to be performed by physicians and medical spas. In our case, the Lumixyl team actually brought the SilkPeel machine to the Truth In Aging office and I lined up with Max and Vlad for a non-invasive treatment that we barely had to leave our desks for.

SilkPeel works in a different way to traditional microdermabrasion. Dermabrasion technologies are a bit like sand-blasting, with crystal particles sprayed on the face and suctioned up. In recent years, this technique has been increasingly replaced with diamond tipped abrasion, of which SilkPeel is a version. SilkPeel brings the skin – sucks it, really, although Lumixyl calls this “negative pressure” - to a diamond treatment head. There are a number of sizes of heads and vacuum settings for treating multiple skin conditions including acne, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

As the surface of the skin is abraided, the system also delivers potions of choice: Lumixyl’s pro version of the Topical Brightening Crème; hyaluronic acid for hydrating (the one I had); vitamin C; or salicylic acid for acne. SIlkPeel is safe for all ages and skin pigments (including very dark skin).  The treatment head is passed over the skin in downward sweeps to encourage lymphatic drainage and the ejection of toxins from the skin.

If you are accustomed to microdermabrasion, then you’ll find SilkPeel relatively gentle, even around the eyes and on the lips. The after effects are a reddening of the skin – not more than a flush – that lasts about 15 minutes. If you have never had micro (like Max) then the sucking and abrasion can feel a bit unnerving. I found it almost pleasant and relaxing (as did novice, Vlad).

We all liked how glowing our skln looked, how soft it felt and more than a little grossed out by the amount of debris that SilkPeel had removed from our skin into a beaker. The next day, I could definitely feel that the skin was a tauter and the surface clearer. Not bad after only one session. Typically, treatments are monthly or bi-weekly for acne. There are around 700 SilkPeel machines in doctor’s offices nationwide and the average cost per session is $175.