Skin is a living organ made up of millions of cells. Every day thousands of cells die, fall off and are replaced by new cells. Unfortunately, as we age this becomes a slower process and causes your skin to shed unevenly creating uneven, dull and lifeless complexion.
Benefits Of a Chemical Peel
All peels effectively increase cellular turnover, stimulate collagen and elastic production and address sun damage. Each of the resurfacing treatments have their own unique benefits and can be combined as a course treatment package depending on the individual clients needs and expectations.
More Benefits of Chemical Peels:
• Lifts away dead skin cells
• Stimulates skin at the basal layer which increases cell renewal
• Smooths the texture of the skin
• Evens skin tone, helps fade hyper-pigmentation
• Firms and tones skin
• Diminishes fine lines
• Minimizes enlarged pores
• Reduces sebaceous activity
• Improves skin conditions
. Promotes overall healthier skin and hydration
Chemical Peel Depths
Light peels are progressive, meaning that you will not see any major sloughing; rather you will see results over a series of treatments. Light or progressive peels are also sometimes called “lunchtime” peels because there is little to no downtime involved. Mineral makeup can be worn immediately and only mild redness or blotchiness sometimes occurs and usually
dissipates within a few hours. The sloughing experienced is typically on a microscopic level and is not noticeable. Light peels are perfect for anyone looking to rejuvenate their skin without any downtime.
Mid-Depth peels will give you faster results, but typically induce light to medium sloughing between the 3rd and 5th day after treatment. Mid-depth peels are great for those looking to reduce lines and wrinkles, smooth out texture, dry up cystic acne, and improve overall skin health.
Deep chemical peels are reserved for those with deep lines and wrinkles, heavy acne scarring and thick, rough skin texture. The most bang for your buck, these chemical peels typically require 7 to 14 days of downtime and cause heavy crusting and peeling. The most aggressive of peels, deep peels penetrate deep in the epidermal layer, which in turn spurs the body’s natural trauma response, thereby creating new, healthy, scar free and even skin.
A Few Types of Peels we use
Glycolic acid is the most common peeling agent. It comes in different strengths (30% – 90%) and different pH levels (levels of acidity) which will determine how deep it penetrates and how much peeling you get. It can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, improvement of skin texture, skin brightening.
Salicylic acid is unique amongst the hydroxy acids in that it can penetrate deeper into the oil glands causing exfoliation even in the oily areas of the face and scalp, making it ideal for treating acne and oily skin.
Lactic acid occurs naturally in human skin and is also found in milk. It is less irritating than other AHAs and has a natural moisturising effect on the skin. It is ideal for skin brightening. It can be used to treat pigmentation, dry or dehydrated skin, sensitive skin, rosacea.
Fruit Enzymes with Alpha Hydroxy can also be used as peeling agents. Commonly used fruit enzymes come from fruits such as papaya, pineapple, pumpkin and cranberry and is combined with an alpha hydroxy for added benefits. Enzymes are anti bacterial, promote cell renewal and can digest oil from spots (sebum) and dead skin. They can be used to treat acne, rosacea, dehydrated skin, hyper reactive and sensitive skin.
Tartaric acid comes from grapes and is a less irritating alternative to glycolic acid for a milder exfoliation of the skin. It can also help increase hydration. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema.
Malic acid comes from apples and pears and like tartaric acid is a weaker AHA than glycolic acid. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema. Citric acid comes from lemons and oranges and works in the same way as tartaric and malic acids. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema.
TCA or trichloroacetic acid is a stronger acid than glycolic. It penetrates deeper into the skin and is usually used for medium depth or deep peels although it can be used at a lower concentration in combination with other acids for a milder peel. It can be used to treat skin tightening, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, large pores, hyperpigmentation.