In 1874, a dermatologist in Vienna called Ferdinand von Hebra used peeling techniques to treat pigmentation conditions such as melasma, freckles and Addison’s disease. People began to publish their work of other acids after Paul G Unna of Germany, described the uses of salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and resorcinol on the skin in 1882.
Depending on the type of skin peel used, they can help to improve many concerns including uneven skin tone, age spots or sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scarring, skin pigmentation, blackheads and whiteheads, eczema and dermatitis (should only be treated by a doctor), enlarged pores, oily skin, loss of elasticity, under eye pigmentation, razor bumps, seborrheic keratosis, actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, rosacea, psoriasis, melasma and much more.
Lactic acid is derived from sour milk and is very hydrating and brightening to the skin. It has a very large molecular structure and thus it tends to be less irritating. Lactic acid peels are offered in concentrations ranging from 10-50%, with 20-30% being the most common concentrations used in superficial facial peels. Best used for – hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles.
Glycolic acid, on the other hand, has the smallest molecular structure, penetrating quickly and deeper – thus being more irritating. It is derived from sugar cane and is a commonly used, multi-functional acid varying in strengths, usually between 15, 20, 30, 50 and 70%, which provides many skin benefits. Best used for – fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness.
Treatment can be repeated every 2 weeks for a total of 3 – 4 sessions, however if you combine it in as part of a skin care package a session would usually be 4-6 weeks apart as you will have other treatments in between.
There will be a patch tets before the treatment is carried out.
A light chemical peel improves skin texture and tone and lessens the appearance of fine wrinkles. The results are subtle but increase with repeated treatments. If you have a medium chemical peel, treated skin will be noticeably smoother.
A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to remove layers of skin, revealing the more youthful skin underneath. Chemical peels can reduce or improve fine lines and wrinkles, acne, scars, uneven skin coloring and other skin imperfections.
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.
Generally speaking, chemical peels are better for more advanced skin problems or signs of aging, as facials tackle more superficial issues. When used together, both skin treatments promise lovely, younger-looking skin.
It usually takes several treatment sessions to see the desired outcomes. Most people notice some improvement after their first chemical peel, but with multiple treatments over the span of several months, patients will be astonished by how much better their skin looks.
Don't exfoliate. Since a chemical peel is an in-depth exfoliation, it's important that you don't exfoliate for at least 1 week before your appointment. ...
Refrain from using make-up. ...
Avoid the sun. ...