Are chemical peels right for your skin journey? The function of a all chemical peels is to exfoliate skin cells, reveal your natural beauty and used to treat a wide range of different skin conditions.
Think of your skin as this jar of cornflakes, raisins and grapes.
Healthy baby skin cells (the grapes) are plump, firm and fresh but they quickly begin to age (the raisins) and finally die. (the cornflakes) We shed our entire skin layer about once every six weeks.
This natural process is affected by age, sun exposure, changes in climate, pollutants, excess sebum production, diet and many other factors which slows down the process.
During a chemical peel treatment, a solution of acid is applied to the skin, breaking down the top layers, dissolving sebum and other substances that bind the cells together.
Once the dead and damaged skin cells are removed the healthy cells are revealed for a smoother, brighter and younger looking skin.
What Conditions Do Peels Treat?
This technique is used to treat a large number of skin conditions including
- Diminish fine lines, wrinkles and hydrate the skin
- Improve dullness, uneven skin texture, firm and tighten
- Improve Acne, blemishes, black heads, oiliness, infection and congestion
- Reduce epidermal scarring, pigmentation, melasma, psoriasis and seborrheic keratosis
Your therapist will determine three main considerations before your treatment
- The active ingredient (the acid)
- The appropriate concentration
- The application process to use
The Skin Studio uses peels from a number of brands including Aspect Dr, Medik8, Ainhoa & ASAP, to ensure you get the combination of ingredients best suited for your skin condition.
What Ingredients Are Used?
There are many ingredients used in chemical peels but they can be sorted into three families of acids;
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s)
A light to medium peel that is water soluble, working on the surface. They are used on normal to dry skins due to their ability to enhance the natural moisturising factors within the skin. These ingredients have been proven to reduce premature ageing and sun-damage conditions. These include;
- Lactic Acid (extracted from sour milk)
- Citric Acid (extracted from oranges and lemons)
- Glycolic Acid (extracted from sugar cane, pineapple and beets)
- Tartaric Acid (extracted from grapes)
- Malic Acid (extracted from pears and apples)
Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s)
A light to medium peel used to treat oily skin types. Because they are oil-soluble they work on the surface and inside the pore to remove blockages (even milia) and serve as an antibacterial. The calming properties of BHA’s make them suitable for skin redness including Roseacea. The main BHA used is
- Salicyclic Acid (extracted from Willow Tree)
One of the most potent forms of peels, classified as a medium to deep peel and used for intense exfoliation, that is great to even skin tones. These peels are even used in the removal of warts. The most common form is
- Trichloracetic Acid (extracted from vinegar)
A thorough evaluation conducted by your dermal therapist is always recommended before considering a chemical peel.