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What does a chemical peel do to your skin?

What does a chemical peel do to your skin?

Chemical peels are useful for a wide range of skin conditions. But why? What do they do?

How do chemical peels work?

They work by causing the body’s healing response mechanism to be initiated through the deep exfoliation of the outer epidermal layers. This may involve the skin visibly “peeling”, although newer formulations aim for a more subtle shedding of cells, which achieve the same result.

In this way, the rate of cell turnover is increased and the production of the skin’s structural proteins (Collagen and Elastin) is enhanced.

A peel is a peel is a peel…? No!

Peel Strength

The strength of a peel is important (obviously). This is generally expressed as a percentage of the active ingredient. Stronger isn’t always better, especially with sensitive skins or specific problems

Peel Type

But so is the specific chemical or enzyme used (Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid etc.).
The depth to which the peel penetrates the skin will vary with the particular peeling agent, and this will influence it’s effects.
Each peel agent has different characteristics e.g. some easily dissolve skin oils, others have a small molecular size so can penetrate more deeply. It takes some knowledge to know which is the most appropriate for the skin condition.

Layering of peels

Different agents will also produce different effects and so it is possible to layer different peels to achieve a tailored result.

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

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What chemical peel is best for melasma?

What chemical peel is best for melasma?

Melasma can be effectively treated with Glycolic peels as it’s small molecular structure allow it to penetrate into the lower epidermal layers breaking up pigmentation stains.

However, since it is a hormonally derived condition results are generally only temporary in nature.

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

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What chemical peel is best for rosacea?

What chemical peel is best for rosacea?

Rosacea requires peels with gently acting agents that will have a reduced risk of encouraging the skin to react.

Mandelic acid peels are particularly suitable and can often be found in combination with Salicylic acid, both acids are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic in nature.

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

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What chemical peel is best for wrinkles?

What chemical peel is best for wrinkles?

Peels containing Glycolic acid have a wide application where anti-ageing results are wanted.

Its small molecular size means that it is easily able to penetrate deep into the skin. This promotes the wound healing response, causing collagen to be produced, and therefore reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles

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

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What chemical peel is best for acne scars?

What chemical peel is best for acne scars?

Glycolic, Lactic and Jessner’s peels can be used to improve the general appearance of mild acne scarring, but in more severe cases where the depth of scar tissue is deep, medical grade peels are required to completely smooth the skin.

These will allow the living dermal layers to be rebuilt and the skin retexturised.

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

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Who can get a chemical peel?

& Who CANNOT get a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are generally well tolerated and the wide range of peeling agents available means that they are suitable for all skin types.

What medical conditions would preclude a chemical peel?

However, they are 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, Hepatitis;

  • those who are taking steroids;

  • people with cancer or receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy

  • those taking photosensitising medications e.g. some antihistamines, antibiotics or oral contraceptives;

  • people taking Isotretinoin for treating acne

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

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What chemical peel is right for me?

What chemical peel is right for me?

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

If you have concerns about skin laxity and loss of volume or lines and wrinkles, these can be improved with the use of Glycolic or Lactic acid peels, which are proven to have a humectant effect.

Epidermal pigmentation problems through sun damage or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can also be addressed with Lactic or Glycolic acid; whilst sensitive skins e.g. Acne, Rosacea, will benefit from the gentler action of peels containing Salicylic or Mandelic acid.

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

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