Chemical peels are liquids brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. The aim of this is to improve the appearance of your skin by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone.
Chemical peels are liquids brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.
The aim of this cosmetic procedure is to improve the appearance of the facial skin – for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone.
There are 3 types of peel – superficial, medium and deep.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring carboxylic acids such as glycolic acid, a natural constituent of sugar cane juice and lactic acid, found in sour milk and tomato juice. This is the mildest of the peel formulas and produces light peels for treatment of fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be mixed with facial washes, serums or creams in lesser concentrations as part of a daily skin-care regimen to improve the skin's texture.
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and, as a result, works well for acne. Salicylic acid also has the ability to reduce the spots and bumps associated with acne. It is becoming common for beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peels to be used instead of the stronger alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels due to BHA's being oil soluble. Studies show that BHA peels control sebum excretion, acne as well as remove dead skin cells to a certain extent better than AHAs due to AHAs only working on the surface of the skin.
The professional Aesthetician who does your peel will first clean you're skin thoroughly. Then she will apply one or more chemical solutions. Such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, to the face. That creates a controlled wound, letting new skin take its place.
During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may ease that stinging.
1. Helps Exfoliate Skin & Makes It Smoother
One of the most common reasons that people choose to try a chemical peel is because they want smoother-looking skin with a more even tone and texture. Not only can a chemical peel leave skin silkier and more even toned, but it can help the skin to absorb skin-care products better due to dead skin cells being removed from the skin’s surface.
2. Minimises Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation
Mild chemical peels can be used to treat sun spots, dark spots, freckles and pigmentation problems that age skin. Peels may also reduce blotchiness and fine lines caused by the sun, making skin look more even and younger.
3. Reduces Acne Marks and Blemishes
Certain types of chemical peels will help to control acne breakouts, plus reduce scarring from past blemishes. They do this by unclogging pores, skimming the surface of the skin to remove blackheads, and depositing ingredients that help to fade post-pimple marks.
What’s the best type of chemical peel for acne scars? Salicylic acid and lactic acid are often used in peels that are intended to clear acne, while acids like trichloroacetic acid may be applied to fade scars.
4. Softens Fine Lines
If you’re looking to fade the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles near your forehead, eyes and mouth, then opting for a chemical peel is a good option. A medium-peel might be enough to soften lines that are moderate, while a deep peel is the best option for deeper wrinkles.
After a medium or deep peel, it’s very important to protect your skin from the sun as much as possible in order prevent potentially permanent changes in skin texture and colour and to prolong results.
Some skin types are more likely to develop a temporary or permanent colour change in the skin such as vitiligo after a chemical peel. this is why unfortunately we do not recommend patients with skin dark than 5 on the Fitzpatrick scale to have this treatment.
There is a low risk of scarring in certain areas of the face. Some people may be more likely to scar. If scarring does happen, it can usually be treated with good results.
Depending on what you want to achieve with the skin, we usually recommend 6-10 chemical peels. please consult with your Aesthetician prior to your treatment to see what course of treatment is best suit to yourself.
You may experience a little tingling, tightness, or a change in temperature, but Chemical Peels do not hurt. ... To avoid irritation or discomfort on your newly resurfaced skin, do not exfoliate for 48 hours after your chemical peel.
Skin is vulnerable after peels and resurfacing, and application of makeup prematurely will delay healing and risk causing infection, pigmentation changes, or scarring. Best to wait 24-48 hour before applying makeup.
Generally it is best to get a peel every four to six weeks. But if you suffer from acne there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you get the results you want.
It is not necessary to see visible peeling with a chemical peel. Improvements in the texture, tone and overall appearance of the skin take place whether or not peeling occurs.
Do not wash face for 24 hours after the peel. after 24 hours Splash face gently with cool water, rinse and pat dry. DO NOT USE A CLOTH.