Chemical Skin Peel
A chemical peel is a skin treatment; which is used to improve and smooth out the surface of the facial skin. A chemical solution is used to remove top layers of skin, which allows the dead surface skin to peel off. The peeling process leads to new skin growth – usually smoother, healthier and less wrinkled compared to the old skin. Chemical peels should only be performed by aesthetic professionals, such as aesthetic doctors, nurses and beauty therapists.
Six Weeks Prior to Peel:
Stop any products containing strong vitamin A derivatives eg. Retin-A, AIrol, Renova, Differin (Adapalene 0.1%), Tazorac.
One Week Before Peel:
Avoid electrolysis, waxing, hair removal creams and laser hair removal for an entire week prior to your chemical peel.
24 Hours Before Your Peel:
Stop using any exfoliating products, products that may be drying or irritating including those containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids or benzoyl peroxide (a treatment for acne).
Your skin will feel tighter and be more red then usual. Your skin may feel tacky and have a yellowish orange tinge that subsides in a few hours. This is due to the Retinoic acid applied to the skin. This is a self neutralizing peel and patients should wait at least 4hours before washing there face that evening.
- Acne– Superficial chemical peels exfoliate the skin, allowing dead skin cells to be removed more effectively, excess oils on the skin are also removed. This action unblocks hair follicles and pores and reducing the appearance of pimples and improving skin texture that is damaged by acne.
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles- especially under the eyes and around the mouth in sun damaged or ageing skin.
- Rough skin Texture- chemical peels can improve rough skin texture by increasing the amount of collagen in the upper layer of the skin.
- Lentigines (large freckles) which appear as dark spots on the skin, they are also called liver spots, or age spots- Large freckles can develop as a result of sun exposure and are present on sites which are exposed to excess sun such as face and arms and neck. A course of chemical peels can lighten large freckles and improve the appearance of sun damaged skin.
- Melasma- is a dark skin discoloration which appears as patches commonly found on the cheeks, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead. It is common in women who are taking hormonal treatment in the form of contraceptives or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and pregnant women. A course of chemical peels can lighten the appearance of dark discoloured skin caused by melasma.
- Hyperpigmentation- caused by excess skin pigment in the skin which can result in uneven skin tone. Chemical peels can lighten and even out the tone and appearance of the skin. The skinceuticals pigment balancing masque and peel maybe more effective for hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.
- Superficial peels are suitable for ethnic skins.
- Superficial peels are also good preparation for medium and deep peels and are appropriate for serial applications and as a companion treatment for microdermabrasion or IPL. They can be performed prior to microdermabrasion if the skin can tolerate it to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Superficial peels cannot eradicate deep lines and wrinkles, cure sagging skin due to sun damage or ageing or decrease the size of skin pores.
- Chemical peels should not be used in pregnant or breast feeding women
- If you have active cold sores or warts on the face
- If you have any inflamed rashes, skin reactions or open wounds on the skin
- Sunburn, need to wait 4 weeks after excessive sun exposure before having a peel
- If you have excessively sensitive skin, including atopic eczema or dermatitis, inflammatory rosacea in the area to be treated
- If you have a history of severe allergy or known allergy to the components of the peel including allergy to aspirin
- If you have taken Roaccutane (a medical treatment for severe acne), within the past 12 months
- If you have been treated with radiotherapy or chemotherapy in the past 12 months
- If you have a history of keloid scarring
Healing time: 1 to 7 days. Skin will be red. After the redness disappears, scaling may develop, which lasts 3 to 7 days.
At-home care: Lotion or cream applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen.
When to wear makeup: Usually immediately after the peel, but sometimes the next day.
Follow-up visit: No. However, 3 to 5 peels may be necessary to give you the desired results. These peels may be repeated every 2 to 5 weeks.
Use of a soap free gentle cleanser shall be used to wash your face, scrubs and wash cloths should be avoided while skin is peeling. Application of a hydrating moisturizer twice a day or as often as necessary is recommended to relieve dryness and control peeling. A physical Sunblock must be worn daily. Its best to avoid prolonged sun exposure for 1-week post peel.
Exercise that produces a lot of heavy sweating should be avoided the day of the peel. You may resume all regular activities the next day.
Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last 2-5 days. It is very important not to pick off peeling skin; peeling is minimal and easily controlled with moisturizer. Premature peeling of the skin will result in dry, cracked, raw skin that may develop into hyperpigmentation.
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Chemical Skin Peels
Chemical Peels are one of the most popular, non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin and give the complexion a boost – used on the face, neck, backs, chests and hands. Peels can be a simple, fast and highly effective way to achieve radiant skin for a special event and can also be used to dramatically lessen the effects of more serious skin conditions.
A Chemical Peel simply removes a layer of damaged skin from the face by a chemical reaction to reveal a newer, healthier layer. The chemical solution applied causes trauma to the epidermis of the skin, which causes the outer layers to peel away. When the skin begins to heal, increased cell growth produces new, healthier skin layers that give the skin a more youthful appearance. We offer five different types of peel and during your consultation advice will be offered on choosing the correct peel for your concerns.
Chemical peels have been proven to: – Improve the texture and appearance of skin – Reduce lines and wrinkles under the eyes and mouth area – Pose as anti aging and sun damage treatment of wrinkles treat acne scars – Proven acne treatment – Reduce age spots, freckles and dark spots from pregnancy also known as a condition called melasma.
What does a chemical peel do? Generally speaking, chemical peels exfoliate the skin by dissolving the bonds between old skin cells, allowing them to shed. This makes way for fresh, new cells and helps thicken skin by encouraging healthy growth.
As a newly-minted skincare freak fresh off her first big girl facial with extractions, I made an appointment for a chemical peel, sure that it was the next step in an A+ skincare regimen. (This, despite the Samantha Jones horror story that has been cemented in my mind since I first binged on Sex and the City ...)