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CHEMICAL PEEL TREATMENTS
Do you have wrinkles, scars or sun rashes on damaged skin? Would you like to have your skin’s complexion changed for a fresher and brighter look? All you need is to visit a skin care center for a chemical peel application procedure. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. A chemical peel is a form of skin treatment solution that restores the skin surface to make it smoother and more radiant. The procedure is very popular at medical spas as treatment for specific skin conditions, especially on the face as an anti-aging agent. It removes old wrinkles and face lines so that the skin may have a more youthful look. It can be applied on the face, neck or hands.
A chemical peel is highly acidic, because it is a combination of skin care elements and naturally occurring acids such as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or salicylic acid. It is applied on the skin surface to peel it off. It should not be administered without the opinion of a qualified dermatologist or a licensed health care professional.
Types of Chemical Peels. Many peels in the market today are simply a combination of several skin peeling agents.
A peel can be categorized as mild, medium or deep peel. The type, depth and strength of chemical peels are defined by the level of acidity contained in the formulation.
Superficial/Mild Peel It is considered mild because it does not go beyond the outer skin layer, the epidermis. It uses a glycolic or salicylic acid solution on the skin, hence only causes some slight change to the skin and is safe on all skin types.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
You can get the best results if you go for the right choice of peel and a safer procedure administered by a qualified professional. After the application, the peel will leave your skin looking smoother, fresher and very radiant.
They are also used in the effective management of a number of skin complications, such as:
Removing scars, dead skin and cancerous cells.
Correcting skin pigmentation problems.
Removing acne, sun exposure rashes, old and deep wrinkled skin.
After visiting Pelle Dolce Skin Care, the complexion of your skin will improve to a radiant appearance in a very short time.
Mild or Light Peels
Superficial or light peels are the gentlest type of peels available and one of the true ‘lunchtime’ aesthetic procedures. They only remove the top layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, and can give your skin and instantly brighter look as well as a smoother, more even texture. They can be used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, mild acne scarring, age spots and dry or flaking skin. They are usually made from alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids, known as AHAs and BHAs and include glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. Nowadays it is also common to use fruit enzymes and acids from natural sources such as pumpkins, cranberries and pineapples. There are now advanced peeling systems, which offer the kind of results you would expect from a medium depth peel but with the side effects of a superficial peel. These types of peels use active ingredients to penetrate and deliver anti-oxidants and vitamins deep into the skin encouraging the new cells to grow stronger and healthier. A course of between six and 10 treatments is usually recommended to achieve the best results. Superficial peels do not hurt, you only feel a slight tingling or stinging sensation, and have virtually no recovery time. You can be a little bit pink afterwards and may get some mild flaking of the skin but this can be disguised with make-up. With a superficial peel you would be able to return to work or go out straight afterwards and no one would know you had had the treatment done.
Medium peels give more dramatic results than superficial peels. Usually derived from TCA (trichloroacetic acid), they penetrate deeper in to the skin and can be used to treat sun damage, pigmentation and wrinkles. The downside of medium peels is that you will have a longer recovery and more side effects. You may also feel more discomfort during the treatment than you would with a superficial peel including burning and stinging, which can last for 30 minutes to an hour after treatment. You may want to hide yourself away for a few days following a medium peel as your face can become swollen, pink and itchy following treatment and you will get more ‘peeling’ of the skin than you would with a superficial peel. You can also get patches of brown and white skin on your face during the healing process and in rare cases you can get scarring from medium depth peels. Generally recovery takes around a week but your skin can be a little bit pink for up to six weeks afterwards.
Deep peels are the strongest type of chemical peel available and can achieve amazing results for sun damage, scarring and deep lines and wrinkles but be prepared to look quite scary after your treatment. They usually use carbolic acid (Phenol peels) or high strength TCA to penetrate the deeper layers, or dermal layers, of the skin. However this type of peel is painful and can take months to fully recover from. Your skin will be very red and feel almost like it is sun burnt after the procedure. Although you will heal in one to three weeks the redness can still be visible for months after the treatment but the results of the peel are long lasting. Be warned you could also feel quite unwell after a Phenol peel and may need to be sedated during the treatment. The side effects of deep peels can look quite horrific. Your whole face will be swollen for a couple of days and will then scab. You will also get a lot of peeling and your skin may be quite itchy. For some people it can take up to two weeks before they want to go out in public. The most common problem associated with deep peels is patches of white or bleached looking skin, known as hypopigmentation, which can be permanent. There is also a risk of scarring. Because of the risks associated with Phenol peels it is incredibly important you find an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon to carry out the treatment.
Glycolic acid is the most common peeling agent. It comes in different strengths (30% – 90%) and different pH levels (levels of acidity) which will determine how deep it penetrates and how much peeling you get. It can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, improvement of skin texture, skin brightening.
Salicylic acid is unique amongst the hydroxy acids in that it can penetrate deeper into the oil glands causing exfoliation even in the oily areas of the face and scalp, making it ideal for treating acne and oily skin.
Lactic acid occurs naturally in human skin and is also found in milk. It is less irritating than other AHAs and has a natural moisturising effect on the skin. It is ideal for skin brightening. It can be used to treat pigmentation, dry or dehydrated skin, sensitive skin, rosacea.
Fruit enzymes can also be used as peeling agents. Commonly used fruit enzymes come from fruits such as papaya, pineapple, pumpkin and cranberry. They are anti?bacterial, promote cell renewal and can digest oil from spots (sebum) and dead skin. They can be used to treat acne, rosacea, dehydrated skin, hyper?reactive and sensitive skin.
Tartaric acid comes from grapes and is a less irritating alternative to glycolic acid for a milder exfoliation of the skin. It can also help increase hydration. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema.
Malic acid comes from apples and pears and like tartaric acid is a weaker AHA than glycolic acid. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema. Citric acid comes from lemons and oranges and works in the same way as tartaric and malic acids. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema.
TCA or trichloroacetic acid is a stronger acid than glycolic. It penetrates deeper into the skin and is usually used for medium depth or deep peels although it can be used at a lower concentration in combination with other acids for a milder peel. It can be used to treat skin tightening, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, large pores, hyperpigmentation.
Carbolic acid is found in Phenol peels and is the strongest type of peeling agent available. It is used for very deep peels. It can be used to treat deep lines and wrinkles, scarring, severe sun damage.
At Pelle Dolce Skin Care, we are committed to offering the best, safe, nonsurgical skin treatment solutions to all our clients. We have so many chemical peels in the market today, and sometimes clients do not know what choice to go for. Our team of committed skin care practitioners will review your skin problems and recommend the best, safest and most effective peel for your skin condition.
Experience the most consistent skin, radiance and skin lucidity with our wide range of chemical peels, such as the Vi Peel, Jessner Peel, Combo Peel, Fruit Complex Peel, Glycolic Peel and the Green Peel, among others. Our selection blends the best superficial, medium and deep peel skin ingredients and natural acid solutions that will take care of any type of skin condition.
Our experts work on all your skin problems to ensure that the solutions and procedures administered leave you with a healthier, beaming and younger skin. You will witness ample changes on your skin complexion when you visit our affordable medical spa. At Pelle Dolce Skin Care, we assure you of quality products and services delivered by a team of dedicated professionals.
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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT CHEMICAL PEEL
Here are the most common questions we receive about Chemical Peel Treatments.
[accordion title=”What do chemical peels do ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Chemical peeling agents resurface the skin by inducing a controlled wound and thus removing superficial layers of the skin. As a result, chemical peels promote the growth of a new healthy top skin layer and improve skin problems like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and skin impurities.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”What should I expect during treatment ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin for 2-4 hours.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”How long is the recovery after a chemical peel and what type of care is necessary ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]YouRecovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel. Results may vary.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]The The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation. [/accordion]
[accordion title=”What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]
• One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, deploritory creams, and laser hair removal.
• Two to three days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
• Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”What are the contraindications to chemical peels ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:
• Active cold sores, herpes simplex or warts in the area to be treated
• Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin
• Accutane use within the last year
• History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
• Allergies to aspirin
• Women who are pregnant or actively breastfeeding
• Patients with Vitiligo
• Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis etc) or any condition that may weaken their immune system.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”What can I expect after the 1st 24 hours after the chemical peel ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Your skin will feel tighter and be more red then usual. Your skin may feel tacky and have a yellowish orange tinge that subsides in a few hours. This is due to the Retinoic acid applied to the skin. This is a self neutralizing peel and patients should wait at least 4 hours before washing there face that evening.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”When will my skin start to peel and for how long ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last 2-5 days. It is very important not to pick off peeling skin; peeling is minimal and easily controlled with moisturizer. Premature peeling of the skin will result in dry, cracked, raw skin that may develop into hyperpigmentation.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”May I exercise after the chemical peel ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Exercise that produces a lot of heavy sweating should be avoided the day of the peel. You may resume all regular activities the next day.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”How do I care for my skin after the chemical peel ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Use of a soap free gentle cleanser shall be used to wash your face, scrubs and wash cloths should be avoided while skin is peeling. Application of a hydrating moisturizer twice a day or as often as necessary is recommended to relieve dryness and control peeling. A physical Sunblock must be worn daily. Its best to avoid prolonged sun exposure for 1-week post peel.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”How many chemical peels will I need, and how far apart should they be done ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]A single peel will add a healthy glow, improving skin tone, texture and clarity. It reduces or eliminates hyperpigmentation, sunspots and softens fine lines and wrinkles. The number of treatments varies by individual needs and conditions and will be determined by our medical aesthetician. For extremely damaged skin, the peel can be done once a month for quicker results. For most patients 3-5 peels a year is all you need to maintain your results. Maintaining a proper skin care regime between peels will ensure the best duration of your results.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”What will I look like right after the chemical peel and how much will I peel ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]Your skin will look slightly tan or bronzed immediately after the peel due to the retinoic acid. This fads within the hour. Over the next few days your skin will feel tighter, any pigmented areas may appear slightly darker at first. Skin peeling usually begins by day 3, it’s a light fluffy peeling and is easily controlled with moisturizer. In some cases the peel is virtually invisible. Patients on Retin-A may experience heavier peeling. By day 6 or 7 you will be done peeling and your skin will look amazing.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Are there any restrictions of activities after the chemical peel ?” opened=”0″ class_icon_closed=”plus” class_icon_opened=”minus” border=”true”]We recommend avoiding heavy sweating for the first few days after the peel. Normal activities may be resumed immediately after the peel. Its advisable to keep sun exposure to a minimum when skin is peeling. SPF is a required daily.[/accordion]
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