All you need to know and more
Chemical peels include the careful application of a chemical exfoliant to the surface of your skin to remove superficial blemishes, lesions and lines. After application fresh skin emerges to the surface. Chemical peels can be used in most areas but are mainly used on sun damaged skin on the face chest and back of hands. They can be used to improve certain skin spots, blemishes, lesions including acne. Your personal skin type and problem will be fully assessed before deciding what peel is best for you and the different grades and brands of peels.
Different peel grades
The different grades of peels start with a superficial peel which really brightens the skin. They improve rough textured skin dry and flaking skin with a deep exfoliant. This causes the skin to shed the most outer layer which is the epidermis, and this causes a stimulation of healthy new skin – Note this isn’t the same type of peels you will receive from a beauty therapist. Medium depth peels work on deeper layers of the skin including the dermis. This allows them to be effective in decreasing small wrinkles, acne, scars and pigmentation problems. They can even help even out your skin tone and decrease age spots.
What will happen during the treatment?
After deciding on the best peel for you based on skin colour and problem areas it is unusual for deeper peels that you use a complimentary cream for 2-3 weeks prior the treatment. Patients are also advised not to undergo tanning or UV treatment in the two weeks before the treatment. On the day of the treatment the skin is cleansed, and the peel is applied with cotton wool or buds. Different number of layers will be applied depending on the product used. There is normally a warm or burning sensation but that soon settles down. Sometimes a post peel cream is applied. The treatment normally takes 15-30 minutes to perform. On leaving the skin may appear flushed but will otherwise look normal.
How long does it take for the treatment to take effect?
With the easy phytic peel there is no visible peeling of the skin but the best results will be seen at about 1 week post peel.
What could go wrong?
Aside from the initial redness there are no common side effects
Infection is rare but possible adverse pigmentation in darker skin types is avoided by choosing your peel carefully and good aftercare
Who can't have this treatment?
Peels are not recommended for people who suffering from active skin infection
Pregnant or breastfeeding women
People with significant inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema psoriasis or lupas
Those who are on or recently been on Roaccutane
What do i do after?
Do not wash or apply anything to the newly peeled skin for 24 hours. Then use high factor sun cream and any prescribed treatment creams. If the skin peels, try not to physically remove the skin as this can increase infection of the skin.