Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel may be smoother and younger looking.

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Chemical peels can revitalise and rejuvenate dull, lifeless skin giving you a healthier appearance, as well as minimising fine lines and other signs of ageing. Chemical peels can also unblock clogged pores, which helps in the treatment of acne, whiteheads and blackheads. In addition, they can aid dehydrated skin, uneven skin tone and colour. Treatment with Chemical peels is not limited to the face, and can be very useful on the neck, back, upper chest and upper arms.

Everyone’s body reacts differently: Your skin may feel fresher immediately, but most clients generally see results within a day or two. Similarly, the treatment effect will last different lengths of time on different skin types. Treatments may be required every week to every six weeks, depending on your skin type, your treatment goals and the other components of your personally tailored treatment plan.

Chemical peels can be done at different depths — light, medium or deep — depending on your desired results. Each type of Chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Results of any treatment may vary per individual as everybody is different and may respond differently to treatments.

Treatment with Chemical peels can also be combined with microneedling or LED Light Therapy to enhance the rejuvenation process. A series of Chemical peels may be recommended by your practitioner for optimum results.

Everyone has different experiences, however treatment with Chemical peels is rapid, discomfort is minimal, and the treatment is generally very well tolerated.

Most people can return to normal activities immediately after treatment with a light Chemical peel. We will provide you with appropriate after-care instructions and post-treatment skin products to optimise your outcome and minimise your period of “down-time”.

Most people tolerate Chemical peels very well, however some sensitive skin types may not tolerate Chemical peels well, and a different, gentler treatment may be recommended for you. Please discuss your treatment goals and any skin sensitivities with your practitioner during your initial consultation and we can tailor a treatment plan for you.

Treatment time depends on the size of the region treated and the type of peel performed. As a general guide, a Chemical peel on the face typically takes twenty to thirty minutes.

A Chemical peel can cause various side effects, including:

  • Redness – a Chemical peel may cause treated skin to become red.
  • Scarring – rarely, a Chemical peel can cause scarring — typically on the lower part of the face. Antibiotics and steroid medications can be used to soften the appearance of these scars.
  • Changes in skin colour – a Chemical peel may cause treated skin to become darker than normal (hyperpigmentation) or lighter than normal (hypopigmentation). Changes in skin colour are more common in people who have darker skin and can be permanent.
  • Acne – tiny white bumps (milia) on the skin are possible after a Chemical peel. Acne can also develop as treated skin heals — due to previous acne or the use of oily creams on newly formed skin.
  • Infection – a Chemical peel may cause a flare-up of the herpes virus — the virus that causes cold sores. Rarely, a Chemical peel may lead to a bacterial or fungal infection.

What to expect during your Chemical Peel treatment

During the procedure:

  • Your skin care specialist will apply a chemical solution typically containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid.
  • You might feel mild stinging while the chemical solution is on your skin — up to 10 minutes.
  • If needed, your skin care specialist will apply cool compresses to soothe treated skin. You might also be given a hand-held fan to cool your skin.
  • Your skin care specialist may apply a neutralizing solution or wash treated skin to remove the chemical solution.
  • You might feel stinging and burning for up to 20 minutes.

After the procedure:

  • After a chemical peel, treated skin could be red, dry and mildly irritated — although these effects might be less noticeable with each repeat treatment.
  • Treated areas develop new skin about three to seven days after a light chemical peel. New skin might temporarily be lighter or darker than normal.
  • After a chemical peel of any depth, follow your skin care specialist or doctor’s directions for cleansing, moisturising and applying protective ointments to your skin.

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