People use chemical peels as a low maintenance quick way of attaining smoother skin. It involves the application of a solution to the skin’s surface to remove part of the outer layer of the skin, stimulate growth of new skin and reduce skin congestion, resulting in smaller pores and improved skin refinement.
The advantages of a chemical peel are:
- Improves the freshness, smoothness and colour of the complexion
- Improves acne, congestion and blocked pores
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves texture of the skin and stimulates collagen renewal
- Can improve superficial scarring and irregular pigmentation
- Beneficial for the face, neck, hands and décolletage
A series of peels is usually recommended to achieve optimal results.
Chemicals, such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid, are applied to your skin help remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, remove whiteheads and blackheads, and can generate new skin growth. These chemical peels are often used with acne creams or gels for better penetration of the medication.
Depending on strength of the chemical, side effects of chemical peels range from temporary redness, blisters, scaling and crusting to scarring, infection and permanent changes in skin colouring. Often, to achieve an even penetration and treatment of the whole area concerned, pre-treatment cleansers or solutions may be recommended to you prior to your peel; this will depend heavily on your skin type and oil production.
Who will perform my chemical peel?
At Creare Clinic, your peel will be performed by an experienced registered nurse in a clinical, sterile environment for your safety. The chemical peels that we use are of an effective strength to treat superficial skin imperfections; it does not penetrate deeply, which will minimise side-effects such as patchy skin pigmentation and scarring. If you are on any treatment for acne, such as Roaccutane or Accutane, you must inform your therapist, as this may affect your sensitivity to a peel.
GP 40 is a 40% Glycolic Acid (fruit acid) peel. Additional ingredients are Melfade which assists with skin lightening and Cromist HYA which contains Hyaluronic Acid to assist in maintaining skin moisture immediately after the peel. Mild peeling may occur but is not typically severe.
JP7 is a modification of a traditional peel known as a Jessners peel. The concentration of all the active ingredients have been titrated to achieve maximal results and minimal side effects. It contains Melfade to assist with reducing pigmentation, Trichloracetic Acid to improve efficacy and Citric Acid for a mild peeling and hydrating effect. Because Jessners peel penetrates slightly deeper to renew the skin cells, visible peeling may occur for up to 14 days. ASAP clearskin Gel must be used nightly for 2 weeks prior to your JP7 Peel to maximise even and thorough treatment.
What are the risks of chemical peels?
Skin resurfacing procedures are generally safe when performed by an experienced therapist. The various peels have similar types of risks, although there are some differences. For example, infection or abnormal healing are infrequent but may occur with any of the treatments. If you are prone to skin disorders including allergic reactions or herpes, peels can cause eruptions of these conditions. Even an AHA peel, which is the most superficial of the resurfacing techniques, may occasionally produce temporary minor skin irritation. Tiny whiteheads may develop on the skin following some procedures. These usually disappear with use of a mildly abrasive cleanser. Sometimes, chemical peels may also produce unanticipated colour changes or skin blotchiness. As our chemical peels are not deep, scarring is a very rare complication and tends to occur in individuals prone to keloids and hypertrophic scarring.
What can I expect after my chemical peel?
Common after-effects of a chemical peel include:
- Flaking or peeling of dead skin (duration dependent on type of peel)
- Temporary skin colouring change
Following all resurfacing treatments, it is important that you avoid direct or indirect exposure to the sun until all the redness or pinkness of your skin has subsided. Even after that, it is advisable for you to protect your skin by regular use of a sunblock and, whenever possible, a wide-brimmed hat. If the area around your eyes has been treated, you should wear good quality sunglasses when outdoors. After some types of skin resurfacing treatments, you may need to be careful about exposing your skin to chlorinated water.
A good skin care regime and diligent sun protection is essential to decrease the duration of these after-effects as well as to obtain the maximum benefits of this procedure. If you would like us to recommend a suitable skin care range for you, please do not hesitate to ask your nurse therapist.
About seven to ten days after your skin resurfacing procedure, a new skin will have begun to form. After the initial redness subsides, your skin may be pink for a few weeks. Make up can usually be used within a week or two. You will notice the improvements in skin quality and texture within two weeks and appreciate a younger and fresher complexion. Results are lasting, but unfortunately will be progressive with natural aging of the skin. To maintain the benefits of a light chemical peel, it may need to be repeated periodically.