The skin naturally replaces itself every 40 days, but this process slows down as we age, contributing to skin that may not look as bright and clear as it did when we were young. Medical skin peels remove dull, dry, dead cells and stimulate the skin cell growth cycle. Softer, smoother skin appears within days and regular peeling strengthens the outer layer of the skin, improving texture, signs of ageing, superficial blemishes and uneven skin tone.
Medical face peels can improve the feel and appearance of a wide range of skin concerns. These may revolve around ageing such as sun damage, fine lines and age spots, or include more general concerns like acne, brown spots, clogged pores and melasma, or unwanted pigmentation
Medical face peels involve the application of a chemical solution to your skin in order to speed up its natural regeneration process – think of it as a highly advanced exfoliation treatment. There are several types of medical skin peels in terms of ingredients and strength, but all work by activating the resurfacing of the top layers of skin, producing a noticeable improvement in its surface appearance.
While it varies from person to person and the type of peel applied, end results will be visible from within a couple of days to a couple of weeks. The quality of the new skin should also continue to approve for 30-60 days, with adequate sun protection.
Medical skin peels contain different types of exfoliants and enzymes, depending which is used. There are usually three types of exfoliating acids available in professional medical peels: alphy hydroxy acids (like lactic acid), beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid) or TCA (trichloroacetic acid). All these exfoliants work by dissolving the intercellular bindings that hold skin cells together. Enzymes are used to activate chemical reactions within the skin, and are usually derived from natural ingredients like rice, papaya, pineapple and pumpkin.
Medical skin peels are most commonly applied to the face, but the neck, chest, back, arms and legs are also all possible to be treated. However, you should not peel more than a small percentage of the body at one time to avoid any potential complications, and it’s important to be aware that desired results are not as predictable in non-facial areas.
After an in-depth skin consultation and a specific peel is recommended, your skin will be cleansed several times with both cleanser and an alcohol solution to ensure the peel penetrates the skin evenly.
The medical peel solution is then applied; during this process, it’s common to feel some stinging and a sensation of heat. A hydrating oil may then applied to speed the healing process. If your treatment was a TCA peel, it’s likely your skin will also have a slight yellow tinge which can last 1-2 hours. For several days after, you skin may feel tight and experience redness.
For a lighter peel, the actual peeling effects may be microscopic and so won’t be visible to the naked eye. For deeper peels, 2-5 days may elapse before peeling commences, which can last over a week, after which the softer, smoother skin is revealed. It’s important to avoid excessive sun exposure for 4-8 weeks after a medical peel.
During this transformation period, we’ll also recommend a skincare regime to elevate and maintain the results of your peel.