SkinCeuticals peels work by exfoliating the skin's surface to reduce the appearance of uneven skin texture, pigmentation, fine lines, and dullness.
During the treatment, a pre-determined quantity of the peel solution is applied to the skin for a specified amount of time. This is dependent on the type of chemical peel used, the concentration of the solution, skin type, and skin’s reactivity to the treatment. This solution works by reacting with the upper layer of the skin to efficiently dissolve the bonds that bind surface cells to the skin, ultimately revealing smoother, healthier skin underneath.
What is the Benefit of a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are essential for maintaining and restoring skin’s health and appearance. These exfoliating treatments help resurface the uppermost layer of the skin to reveal new, healthy skin underneath. Chemical peels are available in a variety of formulations and concentrations to target various skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, enlarged pores, and uneven skin tone. Here at Derma, our peels are provided by SkinCeuticals; who we trust for their commitment to innovation and research into delivering advanced skincare that is backed by science.
A medium-depth peel is more effective for patients with moderate skin damage, including age spots, freckles, and actinic keratoses.
Who are SkinCeuticals Peels suitable for?
SkinCeuticals peels are ideal with people wishing to treat their skin texture and pigmentation concerns, however, some patients may not be medically suitable. The depth and type of chemical peel used depends on the condition of the skin, the skin’s Fitzpatrick type (skin colour and likelihood to burn), and the skincare habits of the client. In general, the higher the Fitzpatrick skin type, the more caution should be exercised to avoid triggering a pigment response. For extremely sensitive skin and skin experiencing barrier dysfunction (eczema, psoriasis, etc), chemical peels are generally not recommended.
Superficial peels penetrate only the uppermost layer of the epidermis. They are often performed in a series to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. SkinCeuticals chemical peels, cover a wide array of skin types and concerns and mostly fall into the superficial chemical peels category. SkinCeuticals Micropeel Sensitive is a great introduction to chemical peels.
It is formulated to gently exfoliate the skin, making it ideal for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin, and has little-to-no downtime post-procedure.
For acne-prone skin, SkinCeuticals Micropeel Plus can help to reduce acne blemishes and help prevent future breakouts. For those looking to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and radiance, SkinCeuticals Micropeel, also known as the red-carpet peel, can be customised to suit your skin needs.
Deep chemical peels are quite aggressive and affect the skin down to the reticular layer of the dermis. Traditionally performed with phenol, deep chemical peels are not very common today, as newer laser technology can deliver greater results with more control and less post-procedure discomfort.
What is the Process of Skin Peeling?
During the treatment, you may experience some tingling on the skin, however, this will subside once the treatment has finished. After the peel, you may experience some redness, but with stronger, more penetrative peels you may experience some swelling and blistering. The goal is to create a controlled, safe injury to the skin, thereby prompting the skin to naturally repair itself and reveal newer, brighter skin.
What are the Risks and Complications of Chemical Peels?
A superficial peel can produce some redness, similar to a mild sunburn, which may last 3 to 5 days. The more intense medium and deep peels will result in noticeable redness, swelling and/or peeling for 7 to 14 days. Deep chemical peels may also require bandages to be applied for a few days following treatment, along with prescribed painkillers to manage the discomfort.
Immediately after a chemical peel, skin becomes more photosensitive, meaning the skin becomes extremely sensitive to UV light.
It is absolutely necessary that a broad-spectrum sunscreen is applied daily post-treatment, and that sun exposure is avoided or kept to a minimum.
Your dermatology nurse may also recommend an at-home skincare routine to help maintain the results of your chemical peel.
During times of increased UV exposure or activity, deep chemical peels or a series of medium depth peels should be avoided, as they will yield high sun-sensitivity in the skin. Superficial chemical peels or lighter exfoliating agents are preferred.
What is the Recovery Time and Outcome for Chemical Peels?
The downtime for SkinCeuticals peels varies depending on the strength of the peel applied. As mentioned previously, there will be noticeable redness and blistering with stronger peels, followed by 7-14 days of active skin peeling. Some peels may require bandages to be applied following the treatment.
With the more superficial peels, the downtime is considerably less with mild exfoliation and skin flakiness occurring over 2-5 days.
Whatever your needs, you can rest assured that Derma will provide the very best care for your skin, with access to the latest research and treatments.
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