Chemical peels are liquids designed to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and promote new cell growth.
Chemical peeling refers to the application of a chemical agent to cause selective removal of the epidermis and upper dermis with the aim of rejuvenating the skin.Based on the depth of the skin injury, chemical peels are categorised as superficial (epidermal), medium (epidermal/dermal) or deep (deep papillary, papillary/reticular).
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Superficial Peels have become one of the most popular cosmetic and anti-ageing procedures worldwide. Superficial peels removes an outer layer of epidermis . Amongst the most widely used chemical peeling agents is glycolic acid, which is extracted from sugar cane and belongs to the AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) fruit acids.
ABOUT CHEMICAL PEELS
Glycolic acid is a medical grade product, which is highly effective as an exfoliant. The depth of exfoliation/peeling may vary depending on the pH and concentration of the glycolic acid used.
Glycolic acid peeling removes an outer layer of epidermis (stratum corneum that consists of “dead skin cells’) yielding skin that is smoother in texture and more evenly pigmented. Since the start of the use of chemical peels in medical aesthetics, it has been demonstrated in clinical studies that application of AHA’s results in an up to 25% increase in skin thickness, improved quality of elastic fibres and increased density of collagen.
Glycolic acid is also a good moisturising agent that increases hydration of the skin. Many popular chemical peeling kits (e.g. JANMARINI, AGERA) contain additional active ingredients to assist in treatment of hyperpigmentation and acne. Usually the peeling procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and it is performed in a few steps: cleansing of the skin, pre-peeling treatment, peeling and finally post peeling treatment (i.e. neutralisation of glycolic acid and hydration).
During the peeling procedure you may experience mild stinging, burning or itching of the skin. This mild discomfort usually disappears during the post-peeling step. Similarly to microdermabrasion (non-chemical exfoliation) visible improvement in skin texture and complexion can be appreciated immediately after the first peel.
However, to obtain a more radical and long-term improvement, a series of chemical peels are recommended followed by maintenance treatments over time.
Chemical peels may be performed on the face, neck, décolleté and other parts of the body. It is beneficial for both female and male clients, who are aged 16 years and older, and may be applied to all skin types (including Asian and African skins).
WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH SUPERFICIAL CHEMICAL PEELS?
The prescribed course of glycolic peel series will gradually improve the following conditions:
- Sun-damaged skin
- Enlarged pores
- Poor/rough skin texture and unclear complexion
- Oily and acne-prone skin
- Acne scars
- Acne blackheads and white heads
- Age spots and superficial pigmentation
- Dehydrated skin
- Fine lines and mild wrinkles