Chemical peels have the ability to brighten a dull lifeless skin, improve congestion and breakouts and improve the general quality of the skin. Your skin will have a greater ability to hold moisture and by removing the build up of dead skin cells. This will allow your home skin care to work more effectively. Blyss founder, Jodie King, explains all.
Can anyone have a chemical peels?
Most skin types can have chemical peels, with the right preparation.
There are many different peel preparations and strengths used that it comes down to your skin type. This is colour of the skin that we measure as a Fitzpatrick skin type, and the condition that we are treating. We avoid treating those who are pregnant, have eczema/psoriasis/dermatitis conditions, active infections or have taken Accutane (acne medication) in the last 6 months.
Darker skin types are more at risk of hyper-pigmentation, but with the correct preparation are still able to be peeled.
How do they work?
Chemical peels work by creating ‘micro-damage’ to the top layers of the skin that leads to dead skin cells to exfoliate and eventually over the next few days to peel or ‘flake’ off. The lower layer of the skin will then produce new skin cells, the result being a brighter, healthier looking skin.
What will a chemical peel achieve?
Chemical peels have the ability to even out pigmentation changes such as freckles, hormonal pigment (melasma) and sunspots, improve acne scars, ageing and sun-damaged skins. Skin will become more hydrated, as well as an improvement in textural changes, such as open pores and ageing skin that has started to become ‘crepey’.
Are there different peel strengths?
The three basic types (strengths) of chemical peels are superficial, medium depth and deep peels. This strength is dependent on the pH of the peel and ingredient – not the percentage, as we are all lead to believe.
- Superficial peels target the outermost surface layers of the skin and have little to no peeling, therefore no downtime – these can be done in your lunch break.
- A medium depth peel reaches deeper and will have an estimated downtime of 5 – 7 days, usually a little redness for the first day or two and then peeling begins on about day three. Sometimes a scab is present.
- Deep peels target the reticular dermal layer of the skin and give the most downtime – think Sex and the City. These peels will require a few weeks for full recovery with at least one week off work. Expect redness, swelling and mild discomfort. Peeling will generally last for 5 – 10 days and when the skin is healed, the results can be quite impressive.
What are the risks?
As with all skin treatments there can be risks involved in having chemical peels. These can include pigment changes (increased or decreased pigment), or an outbreak of cold sores for those that are prone to the virus. It’s important to note though, that with the right advice and preparation and with a professional dermatician, any risks should be minimised.
With superficial peels, redness and peeling is very minimal. The type of peel used is dependent on your skin concern. For those who cannot manage the downtime, regular and consistent treatment will improve the skin, but superficial chemical peels are recommended instead of deep ones.
We will always consult before a chemical peel to recommend the correct preparation of the skin with the appropriate product at home for two to four weeks. We also recommend avoiding direct sun exposure and the correct after care in order to minimise these risks.