What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. Facial skin is mostly treated, and scarring can be improved. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin. To accomplish this task, the chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin.
Chemical peels are liquids brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.
The aim of this cosmetic procedure is to improve the appearance of the facial skin – for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone.
There are 3 types of peel – superficial, medium and deep.
Superficial and medium peels are safe, provided they're administered correctly. Our experienced, highly trained therapists here at Beauty Boutique can advise and perform all professional chemical peels safely and effectively.
Helps Exfoliate Skin & Makes It Smoother
One of the most common reasons that people choose to try a chemical peel is because they want smoother-looking skin with a more even tone and texture. Not only can a chemical peel leave skin silkier and more even-toned, but it can help the skin to absorb skin-care products better due to dead skin cells being removed from the skin’s surface.
Minimises Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation
Mild chemical peels can be used to treat sunspots, dark spots, freckles and pigmentation problems that age skin. Peels may also reduce blotchiness and fine lines caused by the sun, making skin look more even and younger.
Reduces Acne Marks and Blemishes
Certain types of chemical peels will help to control acne breakouts, plus reduce scarring from past blemishes. They do this by unclogging pores, skimming the surface of the skin to remove blackheads, and depositing ingredients that help to fade post-pimple marks.
What’s the best type of chemical peel for acne scars
Salicylic acid and lactic acid are often used in peels that are intended to clear acne, while acids like trichloroacetic acid may be applied to fade scars.
Softens Fine Lines
If you’re looking to fade the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles near your forehead, eyes, and mouth, then opting for a chemical peel is a good option. A medium-peel might be enough to soften lines that are moderate, while a deep peel is the best option for deeper wrinkles.
After a medium or deep peel, it’s very important to protect your skin from the sun as much as possible in order to prevent potentially permanent changes in skin texture and color and to prolong results.
Does having a chemical peel hurt?
The application of the solution to the skin’s surface sometimes has a tingling or slightly stinging feeling, but it is not painful.
After the skin “peels” or exfoliates, there may be some slight reddening and irritation to the skin as the new layer of cells form. With simple chemical peels that only affect the top layer of skin, you are able to go about your normal routine the same day. There are some rare occasions when people experience swelling.
How many chemical peels do you need?
With the vast array of skin conditions, there is no perfect peel treatment to end all skin problems. If you have been thinking that a peel treatment might be right for you, then the following are a few points that you should expect…
You will need more than one.
Many people are under the impression that receiving one chemical peel will solve their skin problem. Although with one treatment you will see results, you will need various treatments in order to significantly improve your skin.
Patience is key
Most treatment plans will span over a few months or more depending on the patient’s skin condition. It is common that patients become frustrated mid-way through the plan. It is important to communicate this with your therapist as they should document progress with follow up consultations and before and after pictures.
Whether you're trying to eliminate a skin condition or just simply trying to improve your skin tone, it is important that your peel plan is customized.
Are chemical peels the right choice for you?
The only way to know for certain whether a peel is right for your skin is to meet with your Beauty Boutique skin therapist to go over your options.
POST Peel After Care
Wash your face with cool water. Warm or hot water might not feel as good as cool or cold water, which can help soothe post-peel sensations.
Moisturize and hydrate. Since peels can temporarily compromise your skin’s protective barrier, it’s important to reinforce that barrier with a medium-to-thick moisturizer.
Drink more water to help avoid dehydration, which could make your skin feel tight.
Apply sunscreen with SPF30 or more. Your skin is more delicate after a peel, so avoid direct sun exposure, which can lead to even more visible signs of skin aging.
Avoid strenuous workouts, dry saunas, and steam rooms. Increased blood circulation to the face can intensify warming, tingling, itching, redness or other uncomfortable side effects on freshly peeled skin.
Don’t over-exfoliate. Peels are maximum-strength exfoliants, so you don’t need to use a separate exfoliant (like a scrub, brush or exfoliating cleanser) within 3-4 days of your peel. Over-exfoliating can lead to more redness or sensitivity, so wait until your skin feels up to it.
Once your skin feels “back to normal” after a peel, it’s generally considered OK to resume your normal skincare regimen. For more personalized advice, ask your professional skin therapist how to incorporate peels into your lifestyle.