A chemical peel is a technique which involves the application of a variety of chemical solutions to remove the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photo aging. By removing the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulating the regenerative process, you will notice marked improvements in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture and tone of the skin, hydration, pore size, blemishes and oil production, and an overall healthier skin appearance.
The Different Types of Peels
All Rhonda Allison treatment procedures at the Well Spa are considered superficial; they do not penetrate beyond the epidermis or papillary dermis. They are not to be confused with medical or physician-strength peels that affect the reticular dermis.
This refers to a treatment that does not usually cause immediate exfoliation and only removes the outer layers of skin, or the stratum corneum. As treatments are repeated, the skin will experience a mild sloughing.
These peels affect the intra-epidermal layer, and exfoliation occurs within two to three days after application. The skin goes through very little down time. Peeling consists of light flaking, similar to a sunburn peel.
These peels affect the deepest intra-epidermal layers. The skin becomes brown and crusty, then undergoes considerable peeling, which occurs three to four days after application. The skin peels in large segments a opposed to flaking. The entire process takes about seven to ten days.
What a peel can do for you
Removes the build-up of dead skin cells
Stimulates the regenerative process
Decreases wrinkles and fine lines
Promotes a balanced oil production and healthier skin
Tones the skin and stimulates collagen activity
Accelerates cell turnover
Improves skin texture, tone, and hydration
Reduces pore size
Helps the clearing of blemishes
Allows for better penetration of home products
Provides antioxidant support and moisturizing benefits
Proper home care is a MUST after a peel!
There are specific instructions to be followed after your skin peel – this is as important as the peel itself. Post care will include occlusive healing balms, epidermal growth factor (cell renewal and wound repair), calming and soothing topicals to reduce itching and inflammation, and continual sun screen application.
When the skin peel is completed and we have determined the skin is healed, daily skin care is essential. The most important part of a home care routine is a cleanser, a serum, and a sunblock. Next in importance is a supportive cell rejuvenator. These are the basics. Additional specialty products, such as exfoliators, antioxidants, eye serums, nighttime moisturizers, AHAs, vitamin C, retinol, enzymes, masks, and topical correctives may be added to enhance and maintain results.
What a series of peels can do for you
The right peel can end acne and soften the scars that come with it. Salicylic acid-based peels dive deep into skin to unclog pores while also skimming the surface to erode blackheads and fade post-pimple marks. Another advantage of salicylic acid is that it lingers in the pores, where it continues to keep them clear over time.
Nothing controls melasma better. There isn’t a permanent cure for the recurring sun-triggered dark patches brought on by hormonal surges (like those caused by pregnancy and the birth control pill), but chemical peels (when paired with at-home treatments, high SPF sunscreen, and strict sun avoidance) offer the best fighting chance.
Still have questions about chemical peels?
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