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The Benefits of a Chemical Peel

Friday 1 September 2017

What Is the Purpose of a Chemical Peel?

A peel is a type of exfoliation for your skin. Apart from curing your skin problems, this procedure also allows your skin care products to penetrate deeper in the future, thus making them more effective.

Skin peels are an effective, affordable and safe way to achieve facial rejuvenation results, and they complement other treatments beautifully.

Who can use these?

They are suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Treatment regime

A course of four to six peels, spaced four weeks apart, is recommended to see a clinical result or outcome.

Also known as “lunch-time” or every-day peels, these remove only the outermost layer of skin (the stratum corneum), and have no downtime with redness or oozing. There is no “peeling” or “shedding” of the skin other than possible mild flaking or dryness after a couple of days, which is easily treated with a good moisturiser.

The therapist will choose between an array of acids at different concentrations (for example, 15%, and 20%) depending on the treatment needed and desired result

Alpha-hydroxyl acid peels use glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) and are one of the mildest peels. Used for: general resurfacing, improved complexion and treating fine lines.

Lactic acidis another alpha-hydroxyl acid, derived from milk, and is a powerful chemical exfoliator. Used for: treating fine lines and wrinkles.

Beta-hydroxyl peels use salicylic acid used for: acne treatment, mild hyperpigmentation and premature skin ageing.

Retinol peels use retinoic acid, a form of Vitamin A, which helps regulate cell growth. It is a slightly deeper peel, but has the added benefit of boosting new tissue growth.  It is often used in conjunction with beta-hydroxyl peels. Used for: acne, scar and wrinkle reduction, certain hyperpigmentation and to stimulate general skin repair.

BENEFITS OF ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS

Remove dead skin

The skin looks and feels rough and its ability to retain water becomes impaired. The gentle and continuous exfoliation by alpha hydroxyl acids of dead skin cells from the surface layers of the stratum corneum allows the epidermis to become smoother and softer, and reduces the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles while encouraging the cell-renewal process.

Photo aging

With consistent use of alpha hydroxyl acid, one is able to reverse the damage done to the skin by photo aging.

Acne

Alpha hydroxyl acids loosen the skin cells, allowing dislodgement of the comedonal plugs. Also, through reduction of the corneocytes, follicles are prevented from being clogged, which greatly inhibits acne production.

Large pores

Dead cells can build up around the follicle openings (pores), making them appear more prominent or dilated. By acting as a follicular cleanser, alpha hydroxyl acids can clear the pore openings, making them smaller and more refined.

Hyperpigmentation

Alpha hydroxyl acids can help to “inhibit melanin formation” and remove discolorations that leave your skin tone dark.

WHAT CAN A CLIENT EXPECT AFTER USING ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS?

Smoother softer more supple texture.

 

  • Skin that is less dry and rough to the touch.
  • Smaller and more refined pores.
  • An even tone and healthy appearance.
  • Complexion has a radiant glow.
  • Reduction in the incidence of acne.
  • Diminished fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improvement in pigmented areas

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