A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS USED FOR?
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
- Improve the appearance of mild scars
- Treat certain types of acne
- Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
- Improve the look and feel of skin
Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling. You can also apply our treatment HydraFacial, which can improve your skin.
After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say “broad-spectrum” on the label, meaning it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Also, it should be a physical sunscreen and be above SPF 30. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.
Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may need other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as laser resurfacing, a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, or soft tissue filler (collagen or fat). A dermatologic surgeon can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for you.
GLYCOLIC ACID PEELS
Chemical peels mean procedures performed in order to remove small spots remaining after acne, to smoothen and to restore the skin of the face and body, to inspire the feeling of freshness, and to improve its structure.
Glycolic acid is a mild acid that exists in the nature in the natural form of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and belongs to the group of chemical peels, which remove the superficial micro-layer of epidermis. At the same time, the procedure stimulates the generation of new, healthy, young cells and formation of a new skin layer. Besides, glycolic acid promotes the production of elastic and collagenic fibre. Owing to these properties of glycolic acid, small skin lines and wrinkles as well as superficial pigmentation irregularities decrease or disappear, the skin texture improves, and it becomes smooth and tender.
THE PROCEDURE IS PERFORMED
- in the therapy of post acne, i.e. of reddish stains and small red scars that remain after acne;
- for the treatment of acne, especially in case of whiteheads and blackheads;
- in case of expanded pores;
- in order to reduce or eliminate small skin lines and wrinkles;
- for the treatment of dry skin areas;
- in case of pigmentation disorders;
- for the smoothening of dry flaky skin;
- for the improvement of skin structure and inspiring the skin with a more vital color;
After the procedure, the doctor can prescribe application of a cleanser on the basis of glycolic acid, or a lotion or cream containing much lesser concentrations of glycolic acid than those for everyday skin care in order to improve its structure.
WHEN ARE THE PROCEDURES APPLIED?
Procedures are applied for women and men who wish to improve the condition and appearance of their skin and for whom a long duration of the procedure is not acceptable (which is required when performing deeper peels).
The procedures are performed in the areas of the face, neck, arms, and even legs. After the solution is applied to the skin, you will feel some tingling.
Glycolic acid peels are performed with different concentrations. Peeling procedures with a high glycolic acid concentration (20-70 per cent) may be conducted only by a doctor.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS MUST BE DONE?
Depending on the achieved result and the acid concentration applied, the number of procedures fluctuates within the range of 2 to 4. As soon as after the first procedure, as a result of the removal of lifeless layer of skin cells, the colour of the skin will improve, and it will become younger. If there are any residual post acne manifestations, it is necessary to perform 3 to 10 procedures – scars disappear obviously after each procedure. Glycolic acid peels are performed every 14-20 days. After the procedures, it is necessary to apply sun protective factor (SPF) 25–30.
In our practice we use products of Enerpeel.
The Enerpeel system is a nine product range with different AHA and TCA-including combinations where the most appropriate acids have been selected for particular skin issues; ranging from pigmentation, wrinkles, scarring and oily skin. We have a range of peels for specific areas of the body, including the hands and neck. The respective peels have also been augmented with special ingredients to boost their activity. For example, the key Aknicare ingredients have been added to the Salicyclic Acid Enerpeel and a pigmentation reducer has been added to Enerpeel Hands to reduce and suppress age spots.
Additionally, we have a special presentation called Enerpeel EL (Eyes and Lips) that is designed specifically for the peri-ocular (the eye socket) and the peri-labial (around the lip) areas, known as the two age defining areas. With Enerpeel, each peel is individually tailored to skin type and skin age.