Skin Care

Chemical peels

In simple terms, chemical peels use acid (there are different types) to break down the top layer, or layers, of skin to help diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. 

First of all, not all chemical peels are the same.

“Chemical peels run a range of different types of products that can be used, and there’s a big difference in how deeply the chemical that’s being applied affects the skin,”

When people refer to chemical peels, they’re usually talking about superficial peels (sometimes referred to as “lunchtime peels”). These are the mildest of the bunch, as they require little downtime. You may experience some redness for 20 minutes to half an hour afterward, and you may experience some dryness or flaking over the course of a few days, but otherwise, you can get back to business as usual. Typical acids used in superficial peels include glycolic (not for sensitive skin), lactic acid and Mandelic acid (the softest of them all).  Superficial peels are good for treating fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and dark spots, and to help tighten the skin.

Medium-depth peels generally use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) at concentrations of 15% & 25%.  Medium-depth peels can help treat skin that has a significant amount of photo damage, sun spots, mild to moderate acne scars, crepey skin under the eyes or dark circles.

The downside is the recovery period, runs anywhere from five to seven days. The skin is left red, and needs to be constantly covered with ointment, BUT it shouldn’t be painful.

During the peel process, the chemicals cause a reaction with the skin and dissolve the outer layers of dead skin to help even the skin tone and texture and promote the building of collagen.

“We are firm believers that when you get over the age of 40 and your skin starts to age more and lose a lot more collagen, elastin and oil, most people, unless you have very significantly oily skin, should change from a physical scrub to a chemical scrub because it’s more delicate on your skin,” “There’s a lot less pulling and irritating of the skin to still get increased skin turnover and more rejuvenated skin.”

 

If you’re interested in having a chemical peel, or perhaps wondering whether a peel is even right for you, you can consult us by sending an email to info@peelaway.co.za

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