What is Chemical Peel? And how does it work?

If you’re new to skin peels, the words may sound a bit scary and put you off before you even start.

But I’m here to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.

So what exactly is a Chemical Peel or Skin Peel?

Chemical peels or skin peels as they are also known, are designed to resurface the superficial layer of the skin to promote the skin’s natural regeneration process, revealing healthier, fresher skin.

A bit like an exfoliant works on clearing away dead skin to leave your skin clean and soft, a chemical or skin peel works by burning the outer layer of the skin to allow the skin to shed the outer layers of damage and to regenerate new healthy cells from underneath the skin.

Its name comes from the chemical reaction that is caused on the surface of the skin that ‘burns’ the old skin off.

Are Skin Peels safe?

In the last five years a lot of research has been published on the side effects of harsh chemical and skin peels and the increased risk of post traumatic pigmentation (dark spots) as a response to the trauma caused by the peel.

As an alternative to the traditional chemical or skin peel, some peels have been developed to create a peeling action by stimulating natural cell renewal, through the active ingredients contained in them.

When this cell renewal occurs at a lower depth in the skin, it will cause the skin to rapidly shed its outer layer.  While you will get some light peeling or flaking, the skin won’t actually ‘peel’ off in layers.

This is much safer for the skin because it won’t put the skin under any stress or trauma. If the skin does suffer trauma through peeling, you can cause ‘post traumatic pigmentation’ where pigmentation occurs because the skin has been damaged, and the darker pigment is stimulated as a means of protection for the body.

How do I know if my skin peel is safe?

The best way to identify if the skin peel is safe is to look for a therapist using PHAs (poly hydroxy acids) and to ask the therapist if you will have any physical skin peeling, ie: will your skin come off in layers, like sunburn.

This indicates a ‘rapid burn’ and it’s this type of trauma that can cause pigment as a response.

What sort of skin conditions does a chemical or skin peel treat?

They can improve problems such as fine lines, sun damage, pigmentation, acne and scarring.

Are skin peels painful?

We think they shouldn’t be. The deeper a peel is, the more likely it is that you will experience pain.

eKSeption peels are based on PHAs which are superficial yet effective, and there are usually no side effects or pain, other than a slight tingling or burning, and possibly a little redness.

Deeper peels can create what we call ‘excessive peeling’, where the skin shed the damaged layer, similar to when we get badly sunburnt. This is not only painful and unsightly, it can create more problems by triggering a response from the melanocyte, which produces the darker pigment in the skin.

How are they applied?

Having a chemical peel is not much different to having a regular facial. The skin peel solution is usually a gel or liquid solution, which is applied to the face with a brush. It’s left on the skin for a short period of time to do its work, before being neutralised and rinsed off.

eKSeption peels are unique in that they also use hyaluronic acid and peptides to fight the ageing process and hydrate the skin, leaving the skin plump and healthy, rather than burning off the outer layers.

Watch this video of an eKSeption peel being applied to see how gentle it is.

Chemical Peel At Home vs in-clinic Skin Peels

As with most cosmetic treatments, trained therapists in a salon or clinic can use much stronger products than are available for home use.

If you are considering an in-salon skin peel or if you are not located near a good clinic, you can start with a chemical peel at home program to kick start the renewal process.

Ideally, you would commence a chemical peel at home program two weeks prior to the salon appointment. So when you get to your salon treatment, you have already started the peeling process and you will achieve much better results.

To start your chemical peel at home program, you will need four products.

Even if you just want to do your peeling program at home, these four products are the building blocks of beautiful new skin.

Add caviar peel every three days for 3-8 weeks for a gentle, nourishing and hydrating at-home peel to improve skin radiance.

Still have questions about chemical peel and how they might benefit you?

Book a time for a free online video skin analysis, or contact us on 1300 432 100.

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