How to find the right chemical peel for your skin and use it for optimal results?
Understanding chemical peels
How soon will I get results? Must I use the strongest acid?
Too strong too fast is a recipe for trouble. There is NO one size fits all solution. What we really need to focus on identifying each individual situation and seek the product which will most likely work for them.
First of all the one and done myth. There is no such a thing as several applications will be needed over the course of weeks months or years to address skin damage.
Using a chemical peel to get rid of acne, pigmentation, scars and ageless skin requires repeated use. As like anything in life it takes effort and consistency to get results. There are NO magic. A series of peel is between 6 -8 treatments performed in 1 -2 week intervals where 6 to 8 treatments are recommended to get the best results. Your skin needs to be maintained therefore one must follow up with monthly or quarterly peel regime to keep our skin and face looking younger over time. That’s why we are so passionate about having the best at home peels at affordable prices. It is important to state that our home chemical peels are buffered (2.1) with slightly higher PH levels to give you the extra SAFETY. Even though our at home peels are considered “buffered peels” with slightly higher PH levels they are still powerful enough to get the results one wanted.
Choosing the correct peel will depend on your skin colour, age, dry or oiliness of the skin. This is a big concern when trying to fix a certain issue. Pigmentation and acne can run very deep in the skin. For instance if you have mild pigmentation you can use our superficial acids combine with melanin inhibitors, when one is not familiar with a chemical peel and is a beginner. But if you have dermal melasma it can be problematic and one will need a layered peel which one must combine with laser and other melanin inhibitors.
Now that you have background it is time to look through the peels and find the one that makes the most sense for your situation. All acids have the same function as they dissolve the bonds that hold the dead skin layers. The difference is in how they work as some penetrate just the uppermost layers, some can dig deep into the skin. Some are attracted to oil and some are attracted to water.
Has larger molecule which penetrates the epidermis slowly and evenly. Is an excellent choice for ALL SKIN TYPES and can be used on teens for acne control. Excellent results for acne, pigmentation, wrinkles, melasma. Weekly treatments.
It is an excellent choice for people looking for a “light peel” as it is milder less irritated acid that will give subtle to no visible peeling. Lactic inhibit tyrosinase enzyme which is a key peel to use when dealing with pigmentation issues. AHA are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate the skin’s surface and have the added benefit to improve the moisture content. Weekly to bi weekly treatments.
Glycolic acid has small molecules which penetrates the epidermis easily. Glycolic Acid is an exfoliant to shed dead skin cells and is an oil loving acid which can get through the oil that clog the pores
NOT TO BE USED ON SENSITIVE SKIN
TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) Peel
It is one of the most studied acids and its superiority comes from its versatility. It can be applied in a single layer or it can be layered to deepen penetration. Safety dictates that more layers of a lower% is always the best method. It is effective for pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, rough skin, photo damage, flat warts, skin laxity, acne, scars, dark spots on body as well as tattoo removal. TCA can be performed every 6 weeks or every 3 month.
Serums and aftercare creams to be used when performing these peels
We recommend our kojic acid cream or serum for any dark spots hyper pigmentation, anti aging
Copper serum for acne, acne scars, scars, anti aging
Rosehip Cream aftercare cream is a must when one perform TCA peels it contains natural ingredients and wont irritate the skin also helps to fight inflammation. To be apply during peel period.
Saffron Elixir for anti aging properties as well as Snake Serum
What should I expect during peel treatment?
Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes with TCA a burning sensation.
How long is the recovery after a chemical peel and what type of care is necessary?
Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Peeling usually lasts 3-10 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use Rosehip cream for 3-5 days post peel.
Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?
The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.
What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?
- One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis and laser hair removal.
• Two to three days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
• Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.
What are the counter indications to chemical peels?
Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:
• Active cold sores, herpes in the area to be treated
• Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin
• Accutane use within the last year only for TCA peels
• History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
• Women who are pregnant or actively breastfeeding
• Patients with Vitiligo
• Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis etc) or any condition that may weaken their immune system
What can I expect after the 1st 24 hours after the peel?
Your skin will feel tighter and be more red than usual. Your skin may feel tacky and swollen. It is recommended to take IBrufen before TCA peels and 6 hours after peel
How to take care of your skin after the peel?
Use of a soap free gentle cleanser to wash your face, scrubs and wash cloths should be avoided while skin is peeling. Application of a hydrating moisturizer (Rosehip cream) twice a day is recommended to relieve dryness and control peeling (take care not to over moisturise as the skin must dry) Sun block must be worn daily. It is best to avoid sun exposure for 1-week post peel.
TCA peels required longer downtime period as it is deep peels compare to Glycolic, Lactic and Mandelic Acid
This is a guideline only