If expensive and painful are two words that spring to mind when you think about a Chemical Peel, you’re probably not alone. The fact is, that these treatments have come a long way in recent years and what you think you know about chemical peels is probably completely false. Though you might be worried about having to deal with red, raw or peeling skin there are actually a variety of applications of varying strengths, that tackle many issues across different layers of the skin. And while there may be a significant downtime for some chemical peels, others don’t need any at all. Here, we take an in-depth look at the chemical peel, how it works, why it works and how to know which one is right for your skin.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Though essentially, the point of a chemical peel is to make our skin look and feel great, not all applications are born equal. In other words, what works for you might not be the same combination or modality that works for someone else. So, let’s break it down and take a look at some of the chemical peels on offer at Special Skin Solutions.
The Superficial Peel
The Superficial Peel is what we refer to as a ‘today’ peel. Essentially what that means is: these peels work with skin’s own chemistry to encourage a healthier skin renewal we recommend to come in for your consult, have a peel there and then and you’re good to go. The Superficial Peel is a great choice for special occasions, they are gently yet effective peels to help correct skin concerns but can also be incorporated as part of your ongoing skincare plan. Specifically, it targets the outer layer of the epidermis, which tends to get built up with oil, dirt, make-up and grime.
Essentially, this build up can make the skin look dull and clogged which is what The Superficial Peel primarily addresses. What you’ll get from this particular chemical peel is a fresh, youthful, hydrated glow. While there may be some redness post treatment there’s no significant downtime and you’ll be able to apply your make up the next day. Let’s take a look at some of the key ingredients that make The Superficial Peel great for rejuvenating the skin and preparing the skin for a deeper variation of peels like our Medium Depth peels.
- Glycolic acid
- Lactic acid
- Salicylic acid
- Fruit enzymes
The Medium Peel
This is our powerhouse treatment at Special Skin Solutions clinic and is a little more invasive than the Superficial Peel. The Medium Peel provides medium depth resurfacing to target a much deeper part of the epidermis which means it’s crucial to prepare the skin at home for up to 30 days before treatment. Prepping is the utmost importance to avoid and post peel complications. The at-home skin preparation kit includes an antioxidant deep acting cleanser and a vitamin A product and skin brightening serum.
Preparing the skin for The Medium Peel is super important, not only does the skin’s reaction tell our dermal therapist what can be achieved with the peel but also readies the skin for application, which means the best possible outcome for the client. Here’s a list of just some of the things the Medium Peel can treat:
- Sun damage
- Sun Spots
- Fine lines
The Deep Peel
The Deeper depth peel provide more marked results in the skin however with a higher incidence of complications it is important for correct peel selection with varying degrees of damage and skin colour. Peeling agents vary and depth of the peels is important to achieving the correct result. Strict observance of the skin prepping and pre peels is important to monitor skin reaction and healing time. Deeper peels will experience more discomfort with redness, swelling and downtime both during and in recovery time.
A whole range of issues can dictate what type of peel you require which is why education and full consultation is important with an experienced skin professional is crucial to determine the issues and types of peels. However just because indications such as :
- Specific medications
Can be contraindicated for medium and deeper peels there are other alternatives at Specialist skin solutions.
The Deep Sea Peel
The Deep Sea Peel is a favourite at the Special Skin Solutions clinic, among both clients and staff. Though we offer The Deep Sea Peel under the Medium Peels banner, technically this is not a chemical peel at all – in fact, it’s officially classified as a herbal peel. The Deep Sea Peel is a stimulating peel and quite unique in that it’s acid-free and has a mineral-rich base. With this particular peel, there’s generally 3-5 days of redness post treatment and for best results, derma therapists at Special Skin Solutions recommend 2-3 treatments over a 3 month period, though this can depend on the client’s skin type. The Deep Sea Peel is a fantastic treatment for those fine lines and wrinkles and has even shown great results treating deeper lines. It’s also excellent in controlling melasma, a hormonal pigmentation which can be difficult to treat and for which there is no cure. So, let’s delve into what differentiates the Deep Sea Peel from the chemical peel:
- Marine vitamin and mineral base
- Retinol free
- Heating and tingling of the skin on application
Deconstructing the Chemical Peel
Here are the essentials behind each chemical peel:
- The Superficial Peel is the perfect preparation for special occasions. This peel will leave your skin feeling and looking fantastic but the effects are short term.
- The Medium Peel is highly recommended as part of an ongoing skin care regimen and a wise investment as an anti-ageing treatment.
- The Deep Peel requires much more downtime and has potential side effects. It’s worth talking to your practitioner about other options such as the Medium Peel or the Deep Sea Peel.
Who Needs a Chemical Peel?
Inevitably, at some point, many make the decision to invest in our skin for the long term. For some of us, it’s a preemptive strike, for others, it might be those first signs of ageing that initiate us to take action. As long as you’re in it for the long haul, there’s a peel out there for you. Sometimes this means combining treatments such as a chemical peel with microdermabrasion or other anti-ageing techniques. Like anything to do with our bodies, the sooner we determine to take action, the less painful the experience both physically and financially.
Choosing a Reputable Practitioner
Once you’ve made the decision to consult with an expert about a chemical peel, what’s the next step? While there are an enormous amount of salons offering chemical peels it’s highly recommended that you thoroughly research before choosing a practitioner. Skin clinics offering chemical peels tend to have more highly trained staff, specialised in dermal therapy. At Special Skin Solutions, you can expect a detailed consultation before any procedure. Arriving at your consultation armed with a list of questions is highly recommended and encouraged, as is sticking to any pre-peel and post-peel regiment which is crucial to getting the most out of your treatment and preventing further skin damage. Certainly, ageing is unavoidable but looking old is not.