Skin Peels 101: All You’ve Ever Wanted To Know And More
21 Jan 2016
Skin peels are often badly administered by unqualified so-called ‘aesthetic professionals,’ this has resulted in a bad rap for these highly effective skin rejuvenating treatments. Today we debunk a few myths and share important guidelines when having a peel.
What is a skin peel or chemical peel?
A chemical peel is an effective anti-ageing treatment which stimulates accelerated skin regeneration in the superficial layers of the skin. In chemical peels, a chemical solution is used which often consists of either natural or synthetic acid with a pH much lower than that of normal healthy skin.
This solution destroys superficial, damaged skin cells to stimulate the production of new healthy tissues in the deeper layers of the skin.
Skin peels are highly effective tools for professional medical aesthetic centres, and they can treat a multitude of skin conditions, here are some of the benefits of skin peels in general:
– softer skin with a smoother texture
– reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
– improves the appearance of mild scars and imperfections
– treats mild to moderate forms of acne
– reduces age spots, freckles and dark patches (melasma)
– unifies skin tone
– brightens the complexion, adding luminosity
– increases epidermal thickness & plumps up the Skin Renewal
– Improves the appearance of large pores
– purifies and oxygenates the skin
Who is the ideal candidate for skin peels?
Most healthy people would qualify for a skin peel. However, it is advised that your skin care centre has a medical practitioner who can assess your skin and your medical history. This allows your professional to give you a peel best suited to your skin and as a result address all your concerns.
How often should I have a peel?
A course of treatments is recommended, these vary between 3 – 5 treatments. These treatments are usually 2 – 4 weeks apart depending on the depth of the peel and your skin’s healing capacity. Maintenance is therefore typically one peel every 8 – 12 weeks after that. Because of the nature of a peel, avoid the sun at all costs.
Our favourite skin peels are:
Jessner Peel – for dark spots, irregular skin tone, and ageing
Azelan Peel – acne (all phases)
Melanostop Peel – hyperpigmentation and photo ageing (from the sun)