Get fresh skin or reduce acne and pigmentation with facial peel and skin peel treatments.
Skinovate has a variety of skin peels, ranging from acne peels to facial peels at our Prahan and Moonee Ponds locations.
SUPERFICIAL SKIN PEELS
What Agents Are Used?
Jessner’s solution is a mixture of acids, including alpha and beta hydroxy acids, that is commonly used for chemical peeling – particularly to lighten pigmentation and refine pores.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of naturally occurring substances, often referred to as fruit acids because they are found naturally in various fruits. The acid with the smallest molecular size is Glycolic Acid, which occurs naturally in sugar cane, and is often used on its own for light chemical peeling. Beta hydroxy acids are oil soluble and penetrate deeper into the pores for excellent cleansing.
Who Is Suitable?
There may be some special instructions for you in the two week period prior to your scheduled peel if you have experienced the following conditions: allergies, atopic skin reactions, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, collagen disease, viral infections (cold sores) or sun sensitivity. These conditions can affect the sensitivity and receptivity of your skin to the acid. Also, if you take certain drugs, such as anticoagulants for circulation disorders, or if you smoke, your skin may recover more slowly after the skin peel process.
Please let our therapist know if any of these conditions apply to you.
How Is It Done?
The chemical skin peeling process should include not only the peeling sessions, but also home care products for preparing the skin and for ongoing maintenance. This system will allow you to achieve the maximum improvement in the look and texture of your skin.
A glycolic acid peel or light Jessner peel is a process whereby a high concentration of the acid is applied to the skin. This rapidly removes the dead outermost layer of the skin to reveal softer, smoother and clearer skin underneath. Essentially, the glycolic acid peel process is a controlled removal of the surface skin cells to reveal a better-looking skin. Jessner peels or washes go even deeper for better texture and colour.
Most people prefer to use the superficial chemical peeling system, which takes more treatments but involves less down time.
What Results Should I Expect?
Many skin problems are caused by, or associated with, the excessive build up of dead skin cells, that make the skin look thick and dull. Our skin peels help to loosen and remove the layers of dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin. This produces a reduction of the built-up damaged skin and an improvement in skin appearance and texture, softening of fine lines, increased smoothness in skin texture, lightening of pigmentation irregularities, an increase in the skin’s natural glow or radiance and minimisation of pore size due to pore emptying.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The chemical peel process may cause acne or cold sores to flare, or an inflammation of the tissue around the mouth (peri-oral dermatitis). These problems are all temporary.
Some patients may experience transient spots of hyper or hypopigmentation after a glycolic peel procedure. If these conditions are left untreated, they usually resolve spontaneously within four to eight weeks.
Generally after a light peel your face simply feels cleaner, tighter and/or drier. Actual skin peeling is not always desired by the patient and not always necessary in order to see an improvement. A course of peels and top-ups are required for maximum skin rejuvenation.
What Should I Do After The Treatment?
Use a soothing emollient and treat the skin gently until it returns to normal. Avoid sun exposure and use a sunscreen.
DO NOT peel, pick, scrape or scratch the skin or wear tight fitting hats or headbands on the peeled area. Apply only oil-free make up, and only with caution.
MEDIUM AND DEEP PEELS
What Is Deep Chemical Peeling?
Deep Chemical Peeling is exactly what it says it is – peeling of the skin using a chemical (TCA)). A chemical peel removes the outer layers of the skin. This freshens the skin, removes some sunspots and rough, scaly patches and reduces freckles and irregular pigmentation. It also reduces fine wrinkles. It’s the safest and most effective on the face. Hands, arms and legs can be peeled but the risk of scarring is higher and the results less predictable.
What’s The History?
Cleopatra and the ancient Romans used various food acids to peel their skin. In the early 1900s, European and American women underwent non-medical peels in salons with secret formulae, which were probably mild acids.
In the early 1950s, the phenol peel was developed. This was a fierce deep peel that could remove years of wrinkles, but also gave peeling a bad reputation for complications – pigmentation, depigmentation, scarring and even abnormal heart rhythms due to absorption of the chemicals.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), a more gentle acid, has made a comeback in popularity because it rejuvenates the skin without the risk of serious side effects. Jessner Peels are also now popular, but are not as deep as TCA.
How Does It Work?
The agent is painted on the skin, causing a mild acid burn to the top layers (i.e. those most sun-damaged). As these layers peel off over a week or so, new fresh unblemished skin forms from the deeper germinal layers. Chemical peeling stimulates the growth of healthy new skin cells in place of tired old sun-damaged skin. Thickened pigmented epidermis, showing cellular disarray, is replaced by fresh, orderly, uniform cells. A new band of dermis forms between the epidermis and the underlying tissue, making the skin more elastic.
Who Is Suitable?
Deep Chemical Peeling will reduce fine wrinkling, scaly patches, rough skin (keratoses), most brown marks, freckles and pigmentation (such as age and liver spots). Very rough skin may need additional treatments for complete removal.
Those known to develop brown discoloration after injuries such as mild burn should have a test area peeled first before undergoing a full-face chemical peel.
What Is The Procedure?
The skin may require preparations such as Vitamin A or Alpha Hydroxy Acid. The skin is then thoroughly cleansed. The acid is painted onto the skin and monitored. If burning or stinging is a problem, a cold pack may be helpful. Usually the treatment is carried out in sections. An anaesthetic cream can be applied prior to the skin peel to minimise discomfort.
Are There Any Complications?
Infections can occur rarely if the skin is damaged or pulled-off early after a deeper peel.
Cold Sores can be activated in those prone to this kind of condition. Anti-viral medication can prevent this.
Increased Pigmentation may occur, but usually resolves with time. It can be largely prevented by preparing the skin before-hand with Tretinoin type creams and hydroquinone, then by strict use of sunscreen for 1 month afterwards.
What Happens Afterwards?
The skin will go red and swollen over the first 24 hours. Once the initial burning has worn off it is not painful, but feels tight. Over the next few days, the skin dries and looks like brownish leather. Vaseline should be applied several times a day to prevent cracking. Water will do no harm but soap should be avoided.
The skin will begin to peel between 3 and 7 days later and must be left to come off at its own pace. As soon as the skin has healed, make-up may be applied over the new, pink skin. Sometimes a secondary peel occurs during the second week, in the form of dry, scaling skin. Sunscreen is mandatory for at least three months and moisturizers are helpful.
Deeper Chemical peeling can be repeated after two to three months, without harm to the skin. The habitual use of sunscreen will prevent further sun damage and therefore maintain the improved skin quality.
Additionally, the use of vitamin creams, AHA and BHA or custom made creams from Skinovate can continue to improve the skin texture and reverse some of the effects caused by years of sun exposure.
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