What are the different types of peels?
Alpha-hydroxyl acids derive their name from the molecular composition of the acid. These products include the subcategories of glycolic, lactic and citric acids. These acids dissolve easily in water and can penetrate readily into the epidermis and upper dermis. The overall effect is upper skin exfoliation. Oily skin must be cleaned prior to application in order for these acids to be effective. Beta-hydroxyl acids, namely salicylic acids, are also named from the molecular composition of the acid. These acids are unique in that they are readily absorbed by the fat properties of the skin. Skin is composed of water and fat molecules that limit penetration from the outside. Different from alpha-hydroxyl acid, this acid is unique that it can penetrate into the pores of the skin. This helps clear pores and exfoliates the skin. Beta-hydroxyl acid also has anti-inflammatory properties that result in less irritation, burning and stinging.
What are the benefits of chemical peels?
Peels take away dead cells and compel the generation of new skin, thus eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, blotchiness, dryness and a host of other mild skin conditions.
How long does a treatment take?
A typical treatment should take no longer than 15 minutes.
What does a treatment feel like?
Upon application, patients feel a slight stinging which subsides after a few minutes.
What do I expect after a treatment?
Your skin will have a youthful glow. It is not uncommon for people to notice your new texture and compliment. Following the treatment, your skin may be slightly red, but nothing drastic. Any redness will disappear before the end of the day.
Is there any risk involved with these peels?
No. We only offer hydroxyl acid peels, which are the lightest of all peel chemicals. There are more intense chemical peels on the market, but Skin Appeal does not offer them because they require downtime. Examples of such peels are trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol peels. However, these also lead to swelling, scabbing and flaking of the skin.
How many treatments should I have?
A program of one peel a week for six week is recommended. Sticking to such a regimen will ensure the lasting results, even though you will see an improvement after just one treatment.
Can I combine a peel with microdermabrasion?
Absolutely. This is by far, the most effective way to improve your skin`s appearance. A combination program of chemical peel-microdermabrasion should also be followed for six weeks for optimal results
Absolutely. This is by far the most effective way to improve your skin`s appearance. A combination program of chemical peel-microdermabrasion should also be followed for six weeks for optimal results. Share the Love of Virtual Tour of Skin Appeal Clinic.