Chemical peels is very simply a chemical that can be applied to the skin to treat certain skin conditions and signs of aging.
Commonly used on the face chemical peels can be used on the body, neck and hands.
Chemical peels can be used to correct and reduce conditions such as damaged skin surface, pigmentation, uneven texture, lines and wrinkles, acne and even just the over health of the skin.
There are three basic levels of intensity when it comes to peels; superficial, medium and deep. The intensity of the peel is entirely down to you, in terms of what improvement you want to see, the downtime you can afford to take and the level of irritation you can tolerate.
These peels only penetrate and gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). It’s suitable for mild skin discoloration, rough skin and for general skin rejuvenation. Your skin may feel tight for a couple of hours afterwards but will return to normal following this. However, due to the mildness of this peel, regular treatment is needed to maintain its effects.
This peel can penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. This type of peel can be used to improve skin pigmentation such as freckles and age spots in addition to moderate skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat skin growths such as actinic keratosis (chicken skin). With a medium intensity peel, you may experience a slight stinging sensation when the peel is applied. Your skin may also go slightly brown or red in the days following the treatment and can take a couple weeks to return to normal. Although, you only need to return every 6 – 12 months to maintain its benefits.
This level of intensity is the most aggressive treatment that targets the deeper layers of skin. You can expect to see a dramatic improvement in your skin with this peel as it can help remove tougher skin problems such as melasma, deeper wrinkles and scars. This peel can cause some discomfort and visible peeling for a few days. Swelling can last up to 2 weeks, whilst skin redness can take up to 3 months to diminish. However, it all depends on the individual and your skin’s level of tolerance. Which is why it is so important to speak openly with your skin health professional and discuss the best option for you. Note that this peel can only be performed once.
At agerefined some of the peels can be performed by our highly skilled aestheticians however the more deeper peels are carried out by the nurse practitioner.