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skin peels

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that consists of causing accelerated skin regeneration in a controlled manner trough application of chemo-exfoliation agents that are used to act on different layers of the skin. The peeling action causes the elimination of the external layers of the skin with the objective of stimulating collagen, elastin and hyaluronic production, thus improving the skin texture, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving pigmentation and reducing sebum production.

BENEFITS

Benefits of chemical peels include:

• Smooths away fine lines and wrinkles;

• Reduces discoloration caused by sun damage;

• It helps to clear up breakouts and controls sebum production;

• Improve the appearance of skin imperfections and mild scars;

• Improves skin colour, tone and texture;

• Increases hydration of the skin;

• Stimulates new collagen and healthy skin cell growth, resulting in a radiant complexion;

• It enables skin care products to penetrate deeper into the skin.

BENEFITS

Benefits of chemical peels include:

• Smooths away fine lines and wrinkles;

• Reduces discoloration caused by sun damage;

• It helps to clear up breakouts and controls sebum production;

• Improve the appearance of skin imperfections and mild scars;

• Improves skin colour, tone and texture;

• Increases hydration of the skin;

• Stimulates new collagen and healthy skin cell growth, resulting in a radiant complexion;

• It enables skin care products to penetrate deeper into the skin.

HISTORY

Chemical peels are amongst the oldest anti-ageing treatments with description of milk peels (lactic acid) being used in ancient Egypt and are the third most commonly performed non-invasive cosmetic procedures with millions being performed each year.

The first chemical peels were performed in the Middle Ages when women used to soak cloths in lime, mustard, or sulphur to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin.

Today, chemical peels are an indispensable part of most aesthetic practices, and the chemicals used are frequently derived from natural ingredients. For example, milk contains lactic acid, sour grapes contain tartaric acid, and lemon contains citric acid. These are all alpha hydroxy acids, which are used in light chemical peels. Salicylic acid, derived from willow bark, is a beta hydroxy acid, which is often used in peels for acne prone skin.

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used for medium-depth peels in patients with moderate sun damage. The deepest peels, which use phenol, require general anaesthesia and will create significant skin peeling.

process

An initial consultation with you and your therapist will determine your skin concerns and goals. Depending on your skin concerns, your practitioner will discuss with you the most suitable peeling acid.

The skin is then cleansed to remove any make-up or impurities from the surface of the skin. A protective barrier is applied to the most sensitive parts of your face such as the corners of your mouth and eyes.

Our practitioner will apply the first layer of acid solution to your skin. The feeling is a mild to moderate stinging sensation. Moderate stinging is normal and with the milder peel option, this sensation may not be felt at all. With the higher strength peel the stinging sensation can be expected. However, it is not painful with discomfort scores typically ranging from 1 to 5 out of 10 depending on the individual. The peel is left on the skin for 2-10 minutes depending on the skin’s reaction. It is then removed and neutralized. The procedure finishes with the application of UV protection.

process

An initial consultation with you and your therapist will determine your skin concerns and goals. Depending on your skin concerns, your practitioner will discuss with you the most suitable peeling acid.

The skin is then cleansed to remove any make-up or impurities from the surface of the skin. A protective barrier is applied to the most sensitive parts of your face such as the corners of your mouth and eyes.

Our practitioner will apply the first layer of acid solution to your skin. The feeling is a mild to moderate stinging sensation. Moderate stinging is normal and with the milder peel option, this sensation may not be felt at all. With the higher strength peel the stinging sensation can be expected. However, it is not painful with discomfort scores typically ranging from 1 to 5 out of 10 depending on the individual. The peel is left on the skin for 2-10 minutes depending on the skin’s reaction. It is then removed and neutralized. The procedure finishes with the application of UV protection.

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FAQ

We have a range of treatments that vary in strength and offer effective solutions to a variety of skin concerns. During consultation our experienced practitioners will recommend which treatment is most suitable for you depending on your concerns and will tailor the treatment specifically to your skin type.

When applied to the skin the acid interacts with the dead skin cells causing exfoliation and peeling of the skin. The peeling action causes the elimination of the external layers of the skin with the objective of stimulating collagen, elastin and hyaluronic production, thus improving the skin texture, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving pigmentation and reducing sebum production. Different acids cause peeling at different depths allowing us to perform superficial, medium and deep peels.

When performed by a trained skin care specialist, chemical peels are exceptionally safe, but it is essential to follow your pre and post instructions carefully. You may not be the right candidate or there may be restrictions for you to have a chemical peel if you:

  • Have been taken the acne medication isotretinoin in the past six months;
  • Have a personal history of an overgrowth of scar tissue (keloid scars);
  • Have abnormal skin pigmentation;
  • Have a history of frequent or severe outbreaks of cold sores.

Common side effects are temporary, and include redness, dryness, stinging or burning, and slight swelling. Chemical peels can, however, have more serious risks and dangerous side effects that can be permanent. These include:

  • Darkening or lightening of the skin colour. These can be more common in people with darker skin types so preparation before the procedure is very important
  • Infections and scarring due to forced peeling and if the post-care instructions are not followed correctly. Scarring can be permanent
  • Very rarely, chemical peels can cause fungal or bacterial infections.

Before a chemical peel, you must:

  • Inform your skin care specialist about any medication you take
  • Not use any type of retinol or retinoids for at least 48 hours
  • Take an antiviral medication if you have a history of cold sores to prevent a flare up
  • Not have been on Accutane for at least six months
  • Stop waxing, epilating, or using depilatory hair removal products the week before the peel. You should also avoid hair bleaching
  • Stop using exfoliants the week before the peel

You may experience a slight tingling sensation as the peel works during your treatment, but this is completely normal. Once the peel is removed and neutralized the tingling sensation will disappear.

You may experience a slight tingling sensation as the peel works during your treatment, but this is completely normal. Once the peel is removed and neutralized the tingling sensation will disappear.

After a chemical peel, the skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays every day. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, and wear a hat. Also avoid wearing make-up for 24-48 hours after the procedure.

Depending on the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness followed by flakiness and dryness that subsides within three to seven days.

Medium-depth and deep peeling may result in swelling and crusting, and peel off over a period of 7 to 14 days. Medium-depth peels may be repeated in six to 12 months, if necessary.

You will be advised on the number of treatments required depending on your concerns and skin condition. Treatments are usually performed every 2 weeks apart.

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