“Chemical peel” is a general classification for a number of chemical treatments used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Typically during a chemical peel nothing actually “peels” off.
The process of a Chemical Peel
A chemical solution is applied to the skin, and works by dissolving the upper layers of the skin. As the tissue is dissolved, a wound is created on the skin which stimulates the body’s healing response, causing new tissue to emerge. The depth and strength of the ‘peel’ varies based upon the strength of the chemicals used and the length of time the solution is applied.
Superficial skin peels promote even, controlled and accelerated exfoliation (shedding) of old skin cells. Although the skin naturally replaces these old skin cells with new ones, that process slows down as we age. Skin peels are very beneficial for rejuvenating the skin and stimulating the growth of new skin cells. As we age, the skin of the neck and face begins to loosen and sag. It’s texture changes and it can start to look weathered. Factors that contribute to this include sun exposure, poor diet, stress and underlying medical problems.
All these signs of ageing can be improved with skin peeling. Skin peels can reduce the size of skin pores and improve the texture of the skin.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are a variety of different types of chemical skin peels, as there are a variety of chemicals used, each with their own properties.
Glycolic Acid Peels
Are the best peels to start with because they are good for most skins and will produce a good instant brightening effect on the skin, leading to excellent patient satisfaction.
Vitamin C Peels
Vitamin C is an excellent anti-oxidant, skin rejuvenator & skin lightener.They are also an excellent introduction to peeling for patients who are a little nervous. There is minimal discomfort from pure Vitamin C peels and they can be reapplied weekly.
Suitable for skin types that are congested or have active acne. Salicylic acid is able to deslove sebum / dead skin, cell plugs that block pores in scene prone skin.
Phenol peels consist of a deeper solution which may remove the upper layers of the skin.
TCA (Trichloroacetic acid) Peels
TCA (Trichloroacetic acid) peels are another common peel which can vary in concentration.
Lactic acid Peel
Lactic acid is found naturally in the skin making it more suitable for all skin types and less likely to cause irritation. Lactic acid is more effective for super hydration. Performed in Sydney by Results Laser Clinics
Non Chemical Peel – Only Natural Products
Cosmedix (TM) has developed a range of non damaging chemicals that are not harsh on your skin for facial peelings.
Some of the peelings that Cosmedix offers are:
Lavish your skin with antioxidants to prevent free radical damage and
support the life span of healthy cells. Working to even out the top
layers of the skin, the Pomegranate Peel™ is specially designed for
Epidermal Leveling. Performed in Sydney by www.facetoday.com.au
Deep Sea Peel
CosMedix Deep Sea Peel™ relies on the healing power of the ocean.
You will feel the refreshing action of this unique non-acid peel for
up to 24 hours after application, but the remodeling goes on for days.
Who is a suitable candidate for a Chemical Skin Peel?
An ideal candidate for the treatment is an individual in good physical health, with no allergies to any of the chemical skin peel ingredients. During the consultation your therapist should inform you if you are a good candidate.