How do chemical peels work?
A chemical peel treats many skin conditions in roughly the same manner, because they stimulate the skin’s own responses. The acid creates a controlled wound on the surface of the skin that damages and dries out the surface level of skin cells. These cells are shed by the body in the form of dry skin which will begin flaking away after around 2 days post-peel. This controlled wounding does three things: one, it encourages positive skin cell turnover and reveals fresh cells beneath those that are damaged, it encourages the production collagen for more youthful skin, and it helps to rebalance oil production. This makes it extremely useful in treating a variety of different skin types and conditions.
What does a chemical peel treat?
A chemical peel, or rather of course of multiple peels, treat complex skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne, acne scarring, congested or spot-prone skin, enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation. Through stimulating the fresh production of collagen, a protein essential for skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles are sort of ‘filled’ from the inside by encouraging processes that thicken this skin. By sloughing away damaged cells to replace with new ones, hyperpigmentation and scarring can be releveled and resurfaced to encourage a more skin tone. Congested skin and active acne can even be lessened with a course of peels because they essentially press ‘reset’ on your skin’s oil production, helping to balance it out and forcing it into more of a healthy cycle.
Which peel would you recommend?
Which peel we would recommend is based on your skin condition, so our expert Aestheticians would need to meet you for a consultation to suggest which might work best for you. However, broadly speaking, we provide three different peels for different needs.
- Cosmelan is incredibly effective for deep-rooted hyperpigmentation. Freckles, extensive sun damage, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from skin trauma are all treatable using Cosmelan. This treatment is even suitable for ethnic skin.
- Obagi Radiance is extremely effective at t