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What is a skin peel?
Published on 17 July 2017 by Callie Woodward, Aesthetics Practitioner, updated on 17 July 2017
The word’s ‘chemical’, ‘acid’, ‘resurfacers’ and ‘peel’ sound like extreme ways of achieving the skin of your dreams. The truth is, chemical peels are simply a deeply exfoliating treatment. When performed in a clinical environment by qualified skin specialists, chemical peels are controlled and tailored to each individual skin concern or condition, ensuring great results.
Resurfacers and chemical peels stimulate exfoliation that kick starts the body’s natural mechanism of producing new skin cells. This leads to amazing correction of acne, pigmentation and ageing, but is hugely beneficial for skin health and general complexion.
A pre- treatment consultation is key to understanding your skin condition and treatment goals. A treatment plan will be developed by your practitioner to ensure you achieve the optimum results from your chosen peel or resurfacing treatment. When treatments are carried regularly the body is forced to make new skin cells leading to repairing and correcting imbalances and imperfections, so expect to have a course of treatment to achieve the best results.
There are a number of ways to exfoliate the skin but the two most common chemical methods are resurfacing procedures and chemical peels. Resurfacers are superficial exfoliating treatments, meaning that they work on the very top layer of the skin. Resurfacers generally have no recovery time and can address several concerns through the use of enzymes and acids, which work to refine and exfoliate.
Chemical peels address a wide variety of concerns, yet they have the ability to penetrate beyond the upper layers of the skin into the mid to lower sections. Because chemical peels are so active and deeply penetrating, they do require downtime and a commitment to follow aftercare instructions outlined by your skin specialist.
What happens in a chemical peel treatment?
Once your practitioner has completed your consultation, your makeup will be removed and your skin will be thoroughly cleansed. A prepping solution will then be applied to prepare and de-grease the skin prior to the application of your chosen peel. The peel will be applied evenly over the face with a brush or cotton gauze. Be prepared to experience a warming/ tingling sensation, this will subside and is mildly irritating but not uncomfortable. Some peels will need to be neutralised to stop the chemical from working but others will be left on the skin for longer and will self-neutralise once you get home.
On the day of your peel your skin may feel tight and warm and look a little red but this subsides quickly after the treatment is completed. Over the following 2-4 days the skin will become dry and begin to peel away, once all this dead skin comes away it will reveal brighter, clearer and more youthful skin.
Skin peels are some of the most effective and impressive options in skincare today. These advanced treatments have the ability to not only treat skincare concerns but also inspire confidence!
To book a consultation and find out more about the right skin peel for you, simply call 0800 852 1234.