treatments

Can I have a Chemical Peel on my hands?

Can I have a Chemical Peel on my hands?

Chemical peels are not just for use on the face!

Many areas of the body will also benefit, including the back, neck, chest.

Hands suffering sun-damage can often respond particularly well to peeling.

 these age spots (also known as sun spots, liver spots or lentigines) would respond well to a suitable peel. For example, these age spots (also known as sun spots, liver spots or lentigines) would respond well to a suitable peel.

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What is microneedling?

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is also called Collagen Induction Therapy.

  • microneedling is how it is done.

  • collagen induction therapy is what it does.

Devices using tiny sterile needles are used to create lots of microchannels into the skin’s surface.

In this way it encourages the increased production of the body’s natural structural support components – Collagen and Elastin, which give the skin it’s strength and elasticity and Hyaluronic Acid, which allows the skin to retain moisture and so give it volume

(Hyaluronic Acid is in most temporary skin fillers; we feel it is better to persuade your body to make its own.)

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Will a chemical peel remove tattoos?

Will a chemical peel remove tattoos?

Most chemical peels will not remove tattoos as the ink is placed deep in the dermal layers.

Tattoo removal is best achieved through laser treatment. If a peel solution is preferred, you should seek the advice of an aesthetic medical practitioner who can advise your suitability for a TCA peel or similar. These penetrate the skin more deeply, but have longer downtime.

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Who should get a chemical peel?

Who should get a chemical peel?

Chemical peels can be a very effective way of dealing with a number of common skin issues.

What concerns can benefit from a chemical peel?

People with the following concerns would all benefit from the treatment:

  • skin laxity and loss of volume;

  • lines and wrinkles;

  • epidermal pigmentation problems – sun damage,

  • post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation;

  • Acne,

  • Rosacea,

  • enlarged pores and coarse textured skin;

  • scarring – including acne scars and chicken pox scars;

  • dull and congested skin.

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What chemical peel is best for acne?

What chemical peel is best for acne?

Peels containing Salicylic or Mandelic acid can produce amazing results for acne sufferers.

As they are lipid soluble (dissolve in fat & oils) they have an affinity with the skin’s natural oils and so can easily penetrate the skin, entering sebaceous ducts breaking down the buildup of sebum and dead skin cells.

Their larger molecular structure means that they don’t penetrate as deeply as Glycolic peels, and as a result are less aggressive, making them ideal for sensitive skins.

Their sensitive nature means that they can be used on skins of colour where pigmentation issues can be an issue

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What happens during my Chemical Peel?

What happens during my Chemical Peel?

The chemical peel procedure is extremely straightforward and is carried out as a number of steps:

1. Your skin will be cleansed and sanitised to reduce the risk of infection.

2. If you are having a peel with a Alpha-Hydroxy acid agent e.g. Glycolic, which is water soluble and therefore unable to easily penetrate the skin’s natural lipid barrier, your skin will wiped over with a solution to remove the natural oils. If you are having a peel with a Beta-Hydroxy acid agent this step isn’t necessary, as these have a natural affinity with the skin’s protective oils and so can penetrate the skin unaided.

3. The more sensitive areas of your face like your lips and brows will be covered with a film of barrier cream and your eyes covered for protection.

4. The peel solution will then be applied using either a disposable applicator or gauze

5. The time that the solution remains on your skin will be determined by the actual peeling agents used and their strength and your unique situation (how your skin responds to the treatment and your practitioner’s professional judgement)

6. The solution will be neutralised to stop the peeling agent’s action.

7. A facial mask or compress will be applied to cool and soothe the skin

8. Post treatment products will be applied, which if the treatment has been carried out during the day will include an SPF

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Is a chemical peel or microdermabrasion better?

Is a chemical peel or microdermabrasion better?

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are both deep exfoliating treatments that bring about a resurfacing of the skin by prompting the body’s healing response mechanism.

They both offer the opportunity to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation marks and scarring, but work in different ways.

  • Chemical peels work by chemically breaking the bonds that hold the individual skin cells to one another,

  • Microdermabrasion uses a device to physically abrade the surface of the skin.

The initial effects of the two methods do vary: the skin is often red, hot and tight feeling after a chemical peel and can take a day or two to show the positive effects of brighter, clearer skin, whilst these effects are often immediately visible with microdermabrasion.

However, both methods will require a course of sessions, and often the support of topical regime, to effectively treat conditions like fine lines and pigmentation staining.

Microdermabrasion is less useful where the skin has vascular damage or is particularly fine and prone to broken capillaries, due to it’s mechanical nature.

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Are chemical peels safe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding?

Are chemical peels safe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding?

Alpha Hydroxy acid peels like Glycolic are generally safe for use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Salicylic acid, which is a Beta-Hydroxy acid that is effectively used to treat acne, is known to cause problems a so should not be used.

However, many commercial peels contain a combination of acids and/or active ingredients, some of which may have the potential to enter the bloodstream, and so you should always advise your practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, so that they can advise on the most suitable options.

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Will a chemical peel remove facial hair?

Will a chemical peel remove facial hair?

A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing procedure that works by gently breaking down the chemical bonds between individual cells in the skin’s upper layers and so will not remove facial hair.

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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Who is microneedling good for?

Who is microneedling good for?

Microneedling also known as Collagen Induction Therapy is very effective skin rejuvenation treatment, that can treat a range of common issues from fine lines and wrinkles to acne scarring.

… & who is it not good for?

Most skin types can benefit from this treatment, but it is not appropriate for certain groups of people:

  • those whose skin healing response might be compromised – Diabetics, and people with other auto-immune diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hepatitis

  • people taking steroids or skin thinning medication like Isotretinoin

  • those taking blood thinning medications or with blood clotting problems

  • people with cancer or receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy

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