Chemical Skin Peels
A chemical peel is a safe and controlled treatment that uses exfoliating acids on the skin to treat concerns like pigmentation, acne, scarring, ageing, rough texture, pores etc. to leave the skin looking radiant and feeling fresh.
We use Dermaquest, Skin Ceuticals and Skin Tech Peels at our clinic
How do Chemical Skin Peels work?
Doctors have discovered that after the skin has been lightly burned it recovers in an improved condition.
This finding led to the practice of applying Chemical Skin Peels – where the skin is lightly burned (or “peeled”) using various approved acids. This procedure effectively resurfaces the skin and removes old, damaged skin and stimulates new epidermal growth.
How are Chemical Skin Peels administered?
A mild acid product is applied to the skin for a predetermined length of time, after which a neutraliser is applied to stop the action of the acid. Some of the more modern and aggressive peels are self-neutralising.
This is followed by the application of other skin-enriching products and a sunblock.
Which areas can be treated?
Common areas that are treated with Skin Peels are:
- Hands and forearms
- Parts of the body that may have acne, scarring and pigmentation
The Chemical Skin Peel process treats signs of skin damage, including:
- Sun damage
- Superficial to medium acne scarring
- Rosacea acne
- Use of Accutane or any other similar skin sensitising medication in the last 6 months
- Use of photo sensitising medication or creams (consult with an aesthetic assistant about this)
- Dermatitis or broken skin on the treatment site
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Allergies to peel ingredients (most common are nut and aspirin allergies) – first consult with an aesthetician about the ingredients
- Use of retinol and vitamin A creams within 3 days prior a peel treatment
- Excessive sun exposure 2 weeks prior a treatment
- Use of cortisone medication in the last 6 months
Please note: those who suffer from cold sores can have a flare up. You need to take medication for this a few days preceding the peel to prevent it from flaring up again.
How often can someone have a Chemical Skin Peel?
This depends on the product used, but will usually be at monthly intervals. Upon the first consultation with the doctor or aesthetic assistant a treatment plan can be prescribed, to treat the concerns. Usually four to six treatments are required, but this can vary according to skin type, degree of skin damage, and the desired levels of improvement.
Are Chemical Skin Peels safe?
Yes – granted an accredited and credible service provider is used are in trained hands. At The Aesthetics Centre we have professional aesthetic assistants who administer the procedure with products and protocols we trust.
These brands have home care for preparation before and maintenance after the treatment course, which is important to protect and repair the dermal structure of the skin and help improve cell turnover.