FACIAL SKIN PEELS
DERMACEUTIC Laboratoire offers safe and effective solutions to improve the appearance of dull complexion, acne scars, acne-prone skin, signs of skin ageing, pigment spots and melasma through targeted chemical peels adapted for all skin types.
Using chemicals peels to treat the skin may sound a bit worrying. However, contrary to many beliefs, chemical peeling does not thin out the skin and are used by over 30,000 aesthetic dermatology specialists worldwide. Optimal results can be achieved in just 20 minutes making this an ideal lunch-time treatment as there is no downtime.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical solution is applied to the skin to accelerate the skin’s natural exfoliation in a controlled way, so that new skin can grow in its place.
What are Peels for?
Chemical peels can be applied to the face, neck, décolleté, hands and other body parts. They are used to address three key skin indications:
- To improve the look and feel of oily skin
- To improve the appearance of mild scars
Premature skin aging:
- To reduce fine lines under the eyes
- To improve the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun damage ad premature skin ageing.
Pigment spots and melasma:
- To reduce the visibility of age spots
- To diminish the appearance of dark patches and melasma.
What does a chemical peel do to the skin?
To understand how chemical peels work, you need to understand about skin.
On a cellular level, we understand that the skin has a natural turnover / renewal cycle which slows with age. This leads to the skin’s appearance looking dull, collagen levels becoming depleted, and the epidermis flat and thinner.
This lack of renewal then gives way to the dermis beneath becoming more susceptible to UV exposure, deep lines, pigmentation & photodamage, and injury. The epidermis will also have textural changes, mutations such as pre-malignant and malignant lesions, the skin will be noticeably less dense with dryness and vascular changes.
In a skin clinic, the scope mainly pertains to the epidermis and dermis, although tissue fillers and botulinum toxin injections will work in the other areas of the skin & muscle. The signs of aging within the dermis and on the epidermis and due to the skin's structural elements in these areas, which we can treat.
There are many different treatments that can be done but the safest, and most widely used is chemical peels.
A chemical peel may not be done if you have:
- Recently used isotretinoin (a drug used to treat acne)
- Had a recent facial surgery or facial radiation therapy
- An active herpes infection affecting the area to be treated
- Known allergies to certain medicine
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
If you are unsure, you should discuss any concerns with your doctor before your peel session.
TYPES OF PEELS
Superficial peels are the mildest type of chemical peel and can be used on all skin types. These professional treatments usually contain mild acids AHA and BHA, most particularly glycolic acid.
Medium peels penetrate the skin more deeply than superficial peels and cause a visible skin desquamation. TCA and sometimes Phenol are the main peeling agents used in medium peels.
BEFORE THE PEEL
Your skin specialist will help you choose the most adapted peel treatment based on:
- The skin condition to be addressed
- The kind of results you would like to achieve
- The downtime and post-treatment care you are willing to accept
- Your skin type and phototype
You will be prescribed some pre-treatment products to prepare your skin. These must be used for a minimum of two weeks prior to your first peel.
AFTER THE PEEL
Superficial peel – mask and milk peel
The redness will disappear a few minutes after the peel, thanks to the application of a post-treatment moisturiser. Moisturise and apply sun protection as often as necessary over the next 2 to 3 days. Your skin may feel tight but smooth and some desquamation (peeling) may occur. Most clients return to their normal activities immediately after the peel.
Medium peel - mela peel
During the first few days after the peel, there may be some swelling, especially if the area around the eyes is treated. The skin will then flake off gradually and be replaced by new, fresh skin. It will take 5 to 7 days for the skin to restore itself completely, during which time it should be kept hydrated by moisturising.
It is essential to protect the new, sensitive layer of skin with a high protection sunscreen during the whole treatment period and for at least one month after the peel.
How to optimise Peel effectiveness
It is recommended to combine the in-clinic sessions with an adapted homecare program. To stimulate the skin and boost the efficacy of the in-clinic session please follow the guidelines below:
- Prepare the skin 15 days before the first peel.
- 3 days before your peel, avoid exfoliation, waxing & shaving.
- 2 days before your peel, stop using stimulating homecare products.
- A slight stinging or ‘hot’ sensation may be felt.
- Dryness and light redness of the skin is normal.
- Avoid saunas, hot showers, and swimming (heat, chlorine etc.
- Avoid scrubs, exfoliation, or any kind of irritation.
- Do not scratch in case of little scabs.
- Restore and protect the skin after each peel
During your Course of Peels
- Absolutely no exposure to the sun or sunbeds.
- Apply Sunscreen SPF50+ when you go out and reapply every two hours.
- Apply Dermaceutic post treatment products as often as necessary.
- There may be some desquamation during the 3rd and 4th day following the treatment.
- Stimulate the skin and boost the efficacy of the in-clinic session.