We are always surprised by the reaction of many clients when we propose chemical peels. I suppose they may be conditioned by scenes of “post peels” worrying faces featured in movies like one Sex And The City episode where Samantha’s skin looks crazy post peel. Maybe the same definition “chemical peel” scares people off a bit.
Let’s talk about it and take a deeper look. There are generally 3 levels of peels… light, medium & deep. In my experience I have found that clients have better results doing light “lunch-time” peels more frequently rather than a series of deep peels. And most important there is definitely less down time . Let’s discuss chemical peels.
Benefits of chemical peels:
-improve skin texture
-reveal healthy glowing skin
-remove dead skin cells
-preserve youthful appearance
-increase moisture retention
-improve skin barrier function
-stimulate collagen & elastin
-reduce surface pigmentation
-reduce fine lines & wrinkles
-reduce acne & acne scarring
Most of the peels we offer can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes per treatment. These peels speed up renewal process on top layer of skin. The downtime is very minimal if any. The skin may appear red after a treatment but this will fade within 30 minutes to a few hours. We recommend to let the skin makeup free for at least 2 hours. The skin may feel tight and/or dry for a few days and we recommend to moisturise it generously. In a few cases a minimal flaking may appear for 3-5 days.
Example of peels:
Lactic: It is a AHA used for improving age spots, melasma, and rough texture, along with fine lines, hydrating & exfoliating in normal-dry skin types.
Mandelic: It is a AHA derived from bitter almonds. Research in Cosmetic Dermatology showed it was as effective as glycolic for treating sun damage, but it’s far gentler than other alpha hydroxy acids. Mandelic peels can help with fine lines as it stimulates collagen production. It exfoliates the top layer of skin, but it also promotes new skin cells to grow
Glycolic: It is a AHA that dissolve the bonds that hold dull, dead skin cells together, so they gently shed, revealing brighter, smoother skin underneath. Useful on many types of skin: normal, oily, acneic or dry. It minimizes poor size and it can help with mild-moderate acne and pigmentation
Salicylic: Salicylic acid is a peeling agent with a number of indications, including acne vulgaris, melasma and photodamage. It comes in different strengths for oily or combination skin. Clear blocked pores, reduce acne outbreaks. Achieves brighter, softer, smoother skin. It is an excellent antioxidant and inhibits inflammation
TCA: TCA peels are considered medium strength chemical peels. Often used for reducing fine lines and acne scars, re-texturizing, melasma, acne, hyper pigmentation or to even skin tone
Please always remember there are many different peels available and each one may be different for pH levels and percentages for instance. Peels are not recommended during pregnancy and must be tailored on your skin tone and quality.