Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world. People in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome used chemical peels to achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, chest, body or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin. The skin then responds as if it has been “injured” which stimulates the body’s healing response and in the process new skin is formed. The new skin is usually smoother, less wrinkles, pigmentation faded and acne starting to clear up.

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How safe are these peels, and what will I look like afterwards?

When people hear the word Chemical Peel, it conjures up images of extreme facial redness, excessive peeling and long down time.With most of our superficial peels you will not experience any, or minimal, discomfort. There is NO down time and you can go straight back to work, hence the term lunch time peels. Our philosophy incorporates a progressive rather than aggressive approach. For that reason we recommend that you can rather do a series (4-6) of superficial peels with no downtime. This will gradually speed up your normal rate of cell turnover A series of our superficial peels, serums and treatments will hydrate, nourish, rejuvenate and strengthen your skin, delivering optimal results with little or no down time.

How a superficial peel is done?

Right before the peel, the skin is cleaned. The Peel (usually a liquid or gel) is then applied to the skin with a small brush or gauze. The chemical is left on the skin for several minutes. An alkaline solution will then be used to neutralize the acid and end the chemical reaction, and then it is wiped off.

How long does a chemical peel treatment take?

A Typical superficial peel treatment takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes, giving it the widely known nickname the lunchtime peel. Times may vary depending on the severity of the skin condition.

Does a chemical peel hurt?

With all our superficial peels there is little or no discomfort during the treatment. Especially our PCA Peels are extremely gentle, but with surprising results. You may feel a slight sting or burn with some of the other peels, depending on the strength (depth) of the peel, the condition of your skin, your home care routine, the number of layers we apply and the strength of the peel. But the client is in full control and we will discuss with you your concerns, expectations, needs and lifestyle, before recommending the right treatment for you.

What are the benefits of chemical peels?

Chemical peels are administered not only to exfoliate, but the different active ingredients also treat a wide variety of skin problems. Patients who receive chemical peel treatments can enjoy the improvement of acne and acne scarring, elimination of fine lines, deep wrinkles, sun damage, improving uneven skin pigmentation, blotchiness and a variety of other skin conditions. Chemical peels remove dead skin cells to allow a new layer of skin to flourish. Leaving you with new, regenerated skin that is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Is a skin peel right for me?

Before having a Chemical Peels you need to go for a consultation so the therapist can determine if a peel will be the right treatment for your specific skin concern. Although we can do Skin Peels for a variety of conditions and skin types, we still need to see you and make an assessment of the condition of your skin. 

Can a skin peel be done on a darker skin type?

Not all skin peels are suitable for darker skin types and by using the wrong peel on a darker skin type, there is a significant risk of developing hyper of hypopigmentation (darkening of the skin) and cause scarring. Our PCA (Physician Care Alliance) peels from the USA are gentle, yet extremely effective and very suitable for darker skin types and even sensitive skin.

Can chemical peels be done on the body?

Chemical peels can improve the skin's appearance by brightening and smoothing the skin, evening out the skin tone and treat skin conditions. We have specific Body Peels that are used to lighten uneven skin tone and smooth the texture on the legs, arms, chest, neck back and the face. The new skin is left much brighter and smoother which also makes it a very popular treatment for brides. We also do body peels to get rid of chicken skin, those tiny bumps found on the back of the arms.

How to prepare for a chemical peel?

Your therapist may ask you to stop taking certain drugs and stop the use of certain creams before your treatment. Two to Three weeks before your professional treatment it is important to start preparing your skin and ensuring excellent results. There are a few products that were specifically formulated to enhance your peel results if use prior to treatment. Skin that is balanced and hydrated will help reduce the risk of complications and typically lead to better treatment results. Sun block is also crucial.

What is my aftercare procedure?

Your therapist will advise you on aftercare products and procedure. For 48 hours after the treatment session, the patient must avoid direct sun exposure or artificial light, heat, saunas, steam baths and swimming pools. Shower in lukewarm water It is very important to wash with a mild cleanser and rinse with cool water. Followed with a gentle moisturizer or a prescribed ointment But by far the most important step in preventing damage and hyperpigmentation while healing is to wear the correct sunblock SPF50 DAILY.

How can chemical peels reduce the risk of skin cancer?

Routinely receiving chemical peels on sun damaged skin will reduce the risk of skin cancer by exfoliating the mutant pre-cancerous cells. New, healthy skin can then grow in its place. Following treatment new precancerous cells are less likely to appear.

Should my skin peel after having a chemical peel treatment?

No, visible exfoliation doesn’t determine the efficacy of the treatment. Generally healthy, well hydrated skin has less visible exfoliation. Exfoliation often takes place at a cellular level and is not always apparent to the naked eye. Also some people’s skin may be so impacted that it can take a few peels to loosen dead skin cells enough to allow them to shed. Typically these people will see little or no peeling initially and then see sloughing after a few treatments. Either way, the efficacy of the peel is not dependant on the visible peeling.

Can I do a peel if I have a very sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is defined as a heightened intolerance to topical products or external factors. Sensitive skin presents itself as red, irritated, sometimes itchy and also scaly. A sensitive skin has an impaired barrier function and can be “strengthened” and desensitised with the right treatments. Our PCA range of peels has the Sensi Peel that is primarily formulated for extreme sensitive skin types and provides soothing and calming properties while gently exfoliating the skin. The Sensi Peel is also used to treat Rosacea with dramatic results. Our Therapeutic Oat Milk mask is a potent anti-oxidant that effectively hydrates and manages dry or sensitive skin conditions.

What Peel Brands do we use?

We use different brands. They are the latest generation Medical Grade Peels that can treat a variety of skin conditions and will leave you with a smooth luminous looking skin.

  • The mesoestetic range is an advanced Medical Grade Peels from Spain.
  • Then we also use MD Ceuticals , a range from the UK
  • PCA Peels from the USA

What do I do after my series of peels?

While professional treatments are very important for the health of your skin, using good homecare products on a daily basis will improve and enhance your professional treatment results Depending on what peels you had you can come for a maintenance peel once a month or for the medium peel or deep peel once every 3 months.

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