A facial peel is a treatment to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. It causes the top layers of the skin to separate and peel off, revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture, and colour.
It is effective in treating oily, congested, dull and acne prone skin types. It is an effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation. In addition to facial rejuvenation, certain types of skin peels can be used for spot treatments and to remove stretch marks.
All peels create a mild burn. This improves the skin by the wound-healing process. The word ‘chemical peel’ scares away people because they think industrial strength chemicals are used on skin. But the reality is most chemical peels are derived from natural sources. The top layer of the skin turns over completely about every 40 days. So there is no room for fear.
Peels can be done at different depths depending upon the layer of correction required.
Alpha Hydroxy peels are light peels. Good for wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. The day after your peel, you are usually presentable to return to your normal activities.
TCA Peels are medium depth peels. Effective for wrinkles and blemishes. Recovery time is longer. Takes several days for the treated areas to heel.
Phenol peels are deep peels. Effective for coarse wrinkles.
A course of four to six peels, four weeks apart, is recommended for optimal results.
Aftercare is important. Use an effective moisturiser and sunscreen on a daily basis.
Types of chemical peel
Glycolic peel – effective for acne, wrinkles, age spots, uneven coloration.
Lactic Peel – derived from milk, ideal for dry skin.
Salicylic peel – For oily and acne-prone skin.
TCA peel – Reduces pigmentation, discoloration and wrinkles.