Chemical peels have been used for centuries to improve signs of photoaging, premature skin ageing caused by cumulative exposure to the sun and artificial ultraviolet light. Photo ageing is responsible for 90% of the visible skin changes including fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation changes, and precancerous lesions.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of the skin of the face, neck, chest, and hands. A specific acid solution is applied to the skin area to be treated, and causes controlled destruction of the outer layers of skin for skin regeneration, the growth of new, smoother, more evenly coloured skin and a radiant complexion. The benefits are improved skin tone and texture, and less wrinkled and blemished skin for a refreshed appearance.
A chemical peel can treat:
- the effects of sun damage (photo ageing) including age spots, sun spots, wrinkles, and fine lines
- fine lines and wrinkles caused by ageing (anti-ageing)
- clear acne
- improve the appearance of acne scars and other scars
- enlarged pores
- redness and rosacea
What are the types of peels?
Chemical peels only affect the top two layers of skin called the epidermis and the dermis. The extent of wounding depends on the depth of skin penetration which is characterised as superficial, medium depth, and deep chemical peels. The depth of a peel is directly related to improved results and side effects that can occur.Most of our peels are pretty superficial. Important to note stronger does not always mean better.
Superficial peels only treat the outermost layer of the skin called the epidermis. Superficial peels use alpha hydroxy acid in the form of glycolic acid, fruit or lactic acid which provides gentle exfoliation to improve skin tone and texture for a refreshed effect. These peels may be beneficial to treat acne. Healing takes less than one week. The risk of side effects is low and the benefits are mild.
Because these peels are so gentle and cause only minor irritation, clients can return to work with no downtime which is why these peels are often called lunchtime peels. The use of sunscreen protection is essential to maintain the peel effects. Makeup may be worn right away.
Skinceuticals Micro Peel
Skinceuticals Micro Peel is an alpha hydroxy acid superficial skin peel containing 20% or 30% glycolic acid (appropriate strength is customised to the client). It gently, but effectively, exfoliates dead skin cells, improving overall complexion whilst also refining the skin’s texture. This peel will restore brightness and radiance to dull, lacklustre skin.
• No downtime
• Slows the ageing process.
• Improved skin tone and texture
• Quick painless procedure
• Removes superficial pigmentation.
Skinceuticals Gel Peel
Skinceuticals Gel Peel is an alpha hydroxy acid resurfacing peel containing 20% glycolic acid and 10% lactic acid. It has a gentle exfoliating action with hydrating properties. It removes dull dead skin cells whilst stimulating cell renewal revealing smoother, more luminous skin.
This peel can be combined with Microdermabrasion or IPL for optimal results, as part of a bespoke treatment plan.
• No downtime
• Slows down the ageing process.
• Reduces pigmentation.
• Stimulates collagen production.
• Suitable for all skin types
• Suitable to be combined with IPL etc