Chemical Peels: What are they and do they work?
A chemical peel is a solution applied to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.
The aim is to improve the appearance of the skin, for example by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone. There are three different types of peels known as superficial, medium and deep.
At Loulabelle Beauty we offer superficial peels using the CLINICCARE range. Created with low molecular weight Hyaluronic acid, this is a natural ingredient that our own bodies produce but decline with age. It plays a vital role in the metabolic processes, such as cell interaction and synthesis.
skin cells are removed from the top layer of skin (epidermis)
the solution is applied to the skin and left on for a few minutes
your skin may feel tight for a couple of hours afterwards
regular treatment is needed to maintain the effects
Chemical peels are used to treat a number of different skin conditions including fine lines, acne, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.
CLINICCARE's peel range offer a mix of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) peels, designed to target and produce different results based on the client's skin concerns.
Chemical peels can cause some side effects, although with superficial peels these are extremely rare. Generally with this type of peel, you may experience some redness (erythema - blood coming to the surface of the skin = fresh, new cells) and tingling which should subside very quickly following the treatment allowing clients to resume normal activity.
Can anyone have a peel?
Generally superficial peels are suitable for everyone, however there are a number of contraindications which would prevent you from having one.
Have taken oral medication for the treatment of acne - isotretinoin - within the last six months
Have or had any form of skin cancer
Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars
Are pregnant, breastfeeding or undergoing IVF
Have frequent or severe outbreaks of Herpes Simplex (cold sores)
Following a chemical peel it is extremely important to follow the aftercare provided by your practitioner. Not only will this enhance the results of your peel, but if you do not follow it correctly you may cause unnecessary damage. As the skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, it is crucial that a minimum broad spectrum of SPF30 be worn daily.
*If you are not doing so already, I would actively encourage you to incorporate a sunscreen into your daily routine and make it SPF50! Prevention is better than cure after all.