How Chemical Peels Work To Clear Your Skin

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How Chemical Peels Work To Clear Your Skin

Skin resurfacing with clinical skin peels

Clinical skin peels clear away dry, dull or damaged skin and stimulate regeneration of new skin. After a chemical peel, the skin surface is smoother and brighter.

Chemical peels are one of the most affordable and effective ways to dramatically improve the appearance of your skin.

There are a variety of chemical peels that suit different skin problems and skin types. Skin problems that can be addressed using a clinical skin peel include sun-damage, skin pigmentation, wrinkles, breakouts and skin texture.

How do chemical peels work?

A chemical peel removes the outer layer of the skin using naturally derived acids and enzymes. This stimulates rejuvenation of the skin through natural healing processes.

Here are examples showing how a clinical skin peel treats two different skin concerns.

How chemical skin peels can treat signs of ageing:

aged woman with great skin

Lactic acid (alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA) peels work from the outside-in to exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal new skin underneath.

Active ingredients cause the controlled breakdown of proteins and condensing of keratin at the top layer of the skin. This stimulates cell regeneration and the formation of new collagen.

How chemical skin peels reduce breakouts:

Salicylic acid (beta-hydroxy acid or BHA) peels are used on oily or acne-prone skin. The oil-double peel can penetrate deep into the skin to remove the oil and congestion that causes acne and blackheads and reduce inflammation.

No matter what your skin concern is, the Victorian Dermal Group use the latest skin technology to create a customised treatment to improve the look and feel of your skin.

Chemical peels are non-invasive and painless, with minimal or no downtime. This is why skin peels are a popular treatment for treating acne or the signs of ageing.

When can a clinical skin peel help?

Clinical skin peels can help to:

  • reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • smooth skin texture
  • reduce visible pigmentation including age spots and freckles
  • reduce visible signs of sun damage
  • reduce breakouts
  • brighten skin

How many treatments do I need?

A clinical skin peel provides instant lift and glow, however, the results may not be permanent. The renewed surface skin may be exposed to sun damage, or your skin may continue to acquire fine wrinkles when you squint, smile or frown.

While skin naturally replaces itself every 28 days, this process begins to slow as we age. Exfoliating the dead surface layer of dead skin cells which make the skin appear dull can help retain a fresh, youthful skin surface.

Removing the dehydrated, dead skin cells brightens, tightens and hydrates the skin surface. An ongoing program of peels has many anti-aging benefits as the cell renewal process is continually stimulated.

Regular chemical peels can help the skin to stay bright, smooth and rejuvenated.

A therapist may recommend another type of treatment alongside or instead of clinical skin peels. The Victorian Dermal Institute provides the latest laser technology ‘Clear+Brilliant‘ which may aide reduction of pore size and rejuvenation of dull skin.

Ask about your treatment options and a recommendation for the most effective skincare plan.

Caring for skin during treatment:

woman caring for her skin

For the best results from your clinical skin peel, you can prepare your skin. Starting at least two weeks before you commence treatment, we recommend:

  • using a retinoid cream to improve treatment results
  • for some skin types, a topical lightening agent is recommended
  • alpha-hydroxy acid cleansers and exfoliants can facilitate even peel penetration
  • wear sunscreen to protect your skin

To care for your skin after a chemical peel:

  • avoid or minimise sun exposure
  • wear sunscreen to protect your skin
  • avoid heavy makeup and ingredients that can irritate your skin
  • if wearing makeup, use a mineral powder that won’t clog your pores

During the initial consultation, your skin therapist may recommend some products that will help to boost the effectiveness of the treatment.

Professional vs at-home treatment

A chemical peel should be applied by a trained skin therapist. Over the counter and online products could potentially harm your skin, resulting in scarring or unwanted pigmentation.

Having a professional therapist prepare and apply a clinical skin peel will ensure the peel type and concentration is correct for your skin concern.

A specific neutralisation treatment will be applied at the end to ensure that the chemical peel does not stay active on  the skin surface for longer than necessary.

Diagnosis and consultation with a registered skin therapist will mean that you receive the most effective treatment type for your skin type and problem.

An experienced therapist can help with your skin concern

Therapists at the Victorian Dermal Institute are trained in the latest clinical peel technology. Our clients receive world-class treatment targeted to their unique skin type.

We understand that you want to look and feel your best. That’s why our focus is using our expertise to help you achieve radiant skin.

Book a consultation for a diagnosis and recommendation on whether a chemical peel can improve your skin.

October 5th, 2019|