From "lunchtime" salicylic acid peels to deeper, more dramatic treatments, our chemical peels remove dull outer layers and generate new, undamaged skin with stunning results. Typically performed in series, these treatments can correct a variety of problems - lines and wrinkles, sun damage and acne - and can be applied to the face, back or chest.
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 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 face a more youthful appearance.
Chemical peels are one of the oldest cosmetic treatments performed, dating back to ancient Egyptian times when, natural acids derived from fruit and milk were applied to the skin in the name of beauty. As knowledge and science have advanced, chemical peels are much more sophisticated and specific to a variety of skin problems, including uneven pigmentation, dull, dry or oily skin, wrinkles, blocked pores and acne.
There are three basic types;
1. Superficial- acting on the uppermost layer of the epidermis with temporary results.
2. Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA); glycolic acid 30-50% (from sugar cane), citric acid (from citrus fruits), lactic acid (from sour milk), malic acid (from apples).
3. Salicylic Acid (from the bark of the willow tree)
Some peels combine acids in branded formulas and not all peels are the same, as different brands may add ingredients for additional benefits.
AHAs promote exfoliation of the upper most layer of the skin allowing healthier cells to the top and improving the texture and feel of the skin.
Salicylic Acid promotes exfoliation, unclogs blocked pores by breaking down oils, is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory so is particularly appropriate for acne prone skin. Also suitable for back and chest.
TCA, depending on the concentration, penetrates through the top five layers of the epidermis to the upper most layer of the dermis. Unlike superficial peels, you will find your skin becomes dry and tight, it may darken before peeling. The peeling usually begins on day 3 and continues for 2 or 3 days. Suitable for other areas of the body and for darker skin types.
Phenol Peel This is the deepest of peels and may only be performed once. Only suitable for the face. Not suitable for darker skin types. Sedatives and anaesthetics are required and also heart monitoring if the entire face is to be treated, because phenol is toxic to the heart if absorbed in large doses. Dramatic results on lines and wrinkles can be achieved but the risks of either hyper or hypopigmentation, infection and scarring are greater.
We recommend you speak with our skin specialists who will assess your skin care needs and create a bespoke treatment plan to help you achieve optimum skin health.
They are used to treat;
Results will depend upon a number of factors, including the type of peel, skin preparation and aftercare, whether a single treatment, or a course of treatments. With the exception of the Phenol peel, a course of treatments initially, and then regular maintenance treatment will achieve the best results over a longer period of time.
It is imperative to use the correct skin care products at home pre, during and post treatment to clear away debris and reduce the downtime post peel. Home care regimes vary depending on your skin type and concern but you will always need an SPF 50. The amount of treatments needed varies on the type of peel and the concern, on an average 4 – 6 peels are needed at 4 week intervals.
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