What is a chemical skin peel?
The procedure known as chemical peeling (or chemexfoliation to give it its proper name) involves the application of a chemical solution to the surface of the skin and face to produce the careful removal of its outer layers. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of this product and how long it is left on the skin.
What can medical skin peels help with?
Peels can be a very effective treatment to revitalise and tighten the skin, treat acne, boost collagen production, treat sun damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and deal with abnormal pigmentation problems.
Will my face look burned or flaky after a peel and will I need time off?
Not all peels cause the severe peeling, redness or blistering that some TV shows will have us believe!
Superficial peels are typically carried out as a weekly or monthly course and are often referred to in the press as "lunch-time" peels as they are fast and convenient, taking about 30 minutes and need virtually no recovery time. You can be back to your normal daily routine immediately afterwards.
Medium depth facial peels – lighter versions may make your face look a bit pink and tight for a few days. You will have some flaking but this can be managed with a good moisturiser so needn't cause you too much 'down-time'. Stronger versions may need you to take a few days 'out' of your diary.
What happens after the peel?
Most peels also involve the use of home aftercare products and it's important to follow the skincare instructions you're given following a peel to ensure you gain maximum benefit from your investment in your skin.
Medical peels should only be performed as an in- clinic procedure by a medical professional as they are much stronger than those traditionally offered by beauty salons. The result you achieve is therefore far superior to those offered in salons.
These are designed to rejuvenate the skin by gently exfoliating (or lifting off) the upper layer of the skin in a controlled way. They can tighten the skin, treat sun damage, reduce lines and wrinkles and also deal with pigmentation problems. They are also a very important treatment for achne and can be very effective where the conventional treatments have failed.
Various acids and basic chemical agents are used for peeling. The nature of the compound, the concentration of the chemical and the level of time it is in skin contact will determine the level of skin penetration and the level of peeling.