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Skin Resurfacing Chemical Peels

Whether you choose a Optiphi, RegimA or SkinPhD Peel, Chemical peels promote the growth of a new healthy top skin layer and improve skin problems like pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, uneven skin texture and skin impurities(blackheads and whiteheads).

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What is a Skin Resurfacing Chemical peel?

The chemical peel is one of the most honest skincare treatments around. It doesn’t hide behind fancy name. It is what it says: a chemical solution that harnesses your body’s natural processes of renewal, which can largely be summed up as “discard old skin cells to make space for new ones.” In other words it causes the skin to slough off dead skin cells so that the new skin can grow in its place. As a result, chemical peels promote the growth of a new healthy top skin layer and improve skin problems like pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, uneven skin texture and skin impurities(blackheads and whiteheads).

What can it do for you?

Chemical peels are one of the most common treatments for correcting skin and achieving visible results – especially in winter, when skin needs a bit of a lift – simply because they have proven so very effective in rectifying damage and renewing skin.

How do chemical peels work?

To understand the science behind peels, what conditions they can help alleviate and to be able to make an informed decision, it’s best to start at the beginning: how renewal naturally happens in the skin. Different chemical types have their own properties, but generally, chemical peel acids penetrate the skin and break the bonds between the layers of skin, so the top layers will start peeling off. The type of peel, its concentration and the exact chemical composition will determine how deep it penetrates (and thus how deep the peel is). Always, but always have a peel done by your expertly trained and trusted skincare therapist. You’ll go for an assessment first, as one specific peel or combination of peels and concentrations might be best for your individual skin. Your therapist will know just what’s right for you.

What are chemical peels used for?

Chemical peels are used for the treatment of photo-aging (from sun damage), fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation (including melasma, freckles, and age spots), enlarged pores, uneven skin texture and skin impurities(blackheads and whiteheads).

What is the most popular peel solution?

Glycolic Acid - probably due to the fact that all skin types benefit from Glycolic Acid - is the most commonly recognized chemical peel solution. Salicylic Acid is also very common solution.

What is a Gylcolic Acid Chemical Peel?

A Glycolic acid chemical peel is probably the most widely recognized chemical peeling acids there are. It is a great general type of acid. It is water soluble, and works nicely on most skin types to accelerate the turnover of skin cells, remove lesions, restore steadiness, elasticity and can help to improve the true moisturizing characteristics of the skin. Glycolic exfoliation should start in the early teens, around 13 to 15 years old, and continue throughout the rest of your life. In the earlier years, glycolic exfoliation helps to prevent and treat acne, which is common in teenage years and through your 20’s. In your 30s and older, the benefit of glycolic exfoliation shifts towards restoring skin smoothness and luster, as your shedding dead skin cells becomes irregular leading to accumulation of dulling dead cells which also contribute to excess brown pigmentation.

Does exfoliating with glycolic make your skin sensitive to sunlight?

Glycolic exfoliation does not over-sensitize your skin to sunlight, as long as you use an effective sunscreen daily and you are not over-exfoliating.

What should I expect during treatment?

Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a cleanser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes. Most patients feel a slight tingling which is lasts 2-3 mins. The peel then gets de-activated. Some peels are designed to self-neutralize and may remain on your skin for 4-8 hours.

Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?

The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.

What are the contra-indications to chemical peels?

Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:
• Active cold sores, herpes simplex or warts in the area to be treated
• Wounded, sunburned or excessively reactive skin
• Accutane use within the 6months
• History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
• Patients with a history psoriasis

May I exercise after the peel?

Exercise that produces a lot of heavy sweating should be avoided the day of the peel. You may resume all regular activities the next day.

How many peels will I need?

Generally chemical peels are done once every 2-3 weeks, until the desired results are achieved. Maintenance peels can then be performed once a month.

What should I use at home to maintain the condition of my skin after a chemical peel?

You can use a mild cleanser and always include either Hyaluronic Replenishing Serum as often as needed. You may resume regular exfoliation and Vit. A products 3 days after. Sun protection is important.

What Conditions Do Chemical Peels Treat?

Chemical peels have been proven to:

  • Improve the texture and appearance of skin (Shrink enlarged pores)

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles, especially under the eyes and mouth area

  • be an anti-aging and sun damage treatment

  • treat acne scars

  • Proven acne treatment

  • Reduce age spots, freckles and dark spots from pregnancy also known as a condition called melasma.