A chemical peel for the face is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove damaged skin cells, treat wrinkles and correct scars and sunspot discolourations. Chemical peels contain different types of acids that have varying depths of skin penetration and there are many options depending on your needs and how sensitive your skin is. Our latest article looks at the different types of Chemical Peels and the benefits to your skin.
What conditions does a chemical peel treat?
Aestheticians may use chemical peels to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or to address:
- Enlarged pores
Different types of Chemical Peels
The four most common types of chemical peels are AHA peels, BHA peels, TCA peels, and Phenol peels. AHA and BHA peels are classified as light chemical peels, whereas TCA peels are defined as medium depth peels and Phenol peels are labelled as a deep peel.
- A light peel removes just the outer layer of skin and may be all that is needed to address uneven pigmentation, acne, dryness and fine wrinkles. A light peel may need to be repeated monthly to maintain your new look.
- A medium peel removes more skin layers and addresses acne scaring, deeper wrinkles and uneven skin colour. A medium peel can be repeated every 6 – 12 months to maintain your new look.
- A deep peel may be used if you have deep facial wrinkles, sun damaged skin, scaring and uneven skin tone. The strongest chemical will be used. You may need pain medication and a local anaesthetic.
How are they performed?
The peel speeds up your natural skin’s healing process by stimulating the production of collagen and improving elastin fibres – these are what give skin it’s youthful form and shape. It also revitalizes sensitive skin and helps improve the appearance of irritated or inflamed skin. A chemical solution is used to remove top layers of skin, which allows the dead surface skin to peel off. The peeling process leads to new skin growth – usually smoother, healthier and less wrinkled compared to the old skin. Chemical peels should only be performed by aesthetic professionals.
What to expect after a chemical peel
Usually no peeling, flaking or irritation will occur with more up to date peels. Most clients do not experience this anymore but of course, this will vary depending on the skin type and type of peel advised by your specialist, but most peels no longer result in flaking skin.
Some redness may occur after and a slight increase in sensitivity for a few days after. The key points of chemical peel aftercare are protecting the skin from sunlight, cleaning it regularly and in a particular way, and moisturising it generously. Aftercare will be discussed in detail at your consultation.
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