The Benefits Of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can be used to promote a more youthful appearance, maintain healthy skin by improving its’ integrity and minimizing chronic skin issues. With the correct series of the appropriate Peels you can expect to see: • Improving of skin texture and overall appearance • Minimizing of fine lines, lip wrinkles, dark spots and scars • Brightening of dull, blotchy, uneven complexions • Dissolving of blackheads, killing bacteria and controlling acne • Stimulating of collagen and elastin production for firmer skin • Fading of discolourations due to sun damage, hormones and scarring • Over All Body Skin Enhancement providing similar benefits to body skin
HOW DO CHEMICAL PEELS WORK?
It is important to remember that a chemical peel is the ‘deliberate’ application of an ACID or combination of acids in the case of “Designer Peels” to produce a controlled ‘injury’ to the skin. By causing this intentional ‘damage’, the body is prompted into: • Increasing the production of collagen and elastin thus also increasing the skins’ tensile strength and thickness while minimizing unwanted texture. • Causing the outermost layers of the skin to shed off, to reveal newer fresher skin, reducing skin discolourations and other imperfections.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE AND HOW DOES THE TREATMENT FEEL?
Depending on which peel is being used, how many application layers are applied and how long each layer needs to develop properly; will determine how long your treatment will take. Initially the sessions can take less time. As your skin becomes more acclimated to the peeling process it may take longer. On average allow up to 20 minutes from start to finish. Expect to feel a stinging sensation, for a few minutes during and possibly just after your peel, which will be minimized with the cooling breeze of a fan.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A MEDIUM DEPTH CHEMICAL PEEL
At your initial Skin Evaluation, your skin type, colour and condition along with your over all health and skin enhancement goals are assessed. If you are a candidate for these procedures, then the most beneficial series of these Peels will be recommended at specific intervals. For one week to 10 days prior to commencing any series of skin corrective peels, you will need to begin using a customized nutritive, skin specific anti aging serum, day and night creams, an enzymic gommage as well as a good sunscreen. These will prepare your skin to produce enhanced results. As well. . . • Do not shave the area to be treated 2 days prior. • Do not resume shaving until shedding has started. • Stop using Retinol (Vit A) Creams and glycolic acids 2 days before your peel.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL
• As the peel is taking action, the treated areas may present with a “Frosting” action, turning opaque and powdery white. This is expected and will normalize. • For a few days post treatment it is normal to experience some swelling, inflammation and redness or sensitivity in varying degrees, depending on the strength, the PH and length of time the peels are applied, these reactions will vary in intensity and may last beyond one week. • Expect a gradual ‘darkening’ of the skin in the treated area. This is supposed to happen. This darkened skin will shed off over several days. • It is also possible to experience scabbing, crusting, oozing and flaking. • The deeper the peel, the longer it will take for the skin to normalize. • It is important to allow the skin to go through this process without picking or over scrubbing to try to expedite the peeling process manually. To do so may cause injury (scars) to the underlying fresh skin not yet ready to be revealed.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY SKIN AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Immediately after your peel it is important to use the customized serum and protector. Three days after a peel, you may begin to gently exfoliate daily. Gently using the Enzymic Gommage in between your treatments will keep your skin fresh and glowing by turning over any dead skin cells in between peels. Immediately apply appropriate serum, hydrator and protection - daily as directed.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CHEMICAL PEELS?
Not all Peel solutions produce the same results on all skin types and conditions; hence why we offer a wide range of clinically tested formulations to provide the most customized solutions to your various concerns. For example AHA`s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids – derived from plants and fruits) are much less likely to produce visible skin shedding, while TCA`s generally cause significant shedding, and browning, especially at higher percentages. ‘Designer’ (A Blend of Multiple Acids) Medium Depth Peels tend to produce more delayed shedding than lighter peels.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM NOT A CANDIDATE FOR CHEMICAL PEELING?
• If you are currently taking Accutane or have done so within the past twelve months. • You are pregnant or nursing. • You have a tendency to form keloid scars. • You have a sexually transmitted disease such as herpes, (On the site being treated) HIV/AIDS or a similar condition. • You are undergoing cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and/or radiation. • You have unrealistic expectations. Most chemical peels are designed to be a progressive treatment and require multiple applications to achieve goal. • The area to be treated had recently had hair removal such as electrolysis, laser or waxing. (You will need to wait 7 – 10days prior to commencing peels and another 10 days after peels prior to resuming hair removal). • You have open wounds, sunburn, rash etc. • Skin Allergies, Red Coloured Skin, Skin Graphs, Recent Surgery, Sunburn, Broken Skin, Open wounds/Lesions, Inflamed Skin.
Chemical Peels are not recommended or appropriate to treat the following: • Tattoo Removal, Scar Removal, Permanent Makeup Removal or Stretch Mark Removal.