There are many ways we can go about looking after our skin, from adjusting our diet to include more skin-friendly foods, to protecting it against the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays with a good sunscreen. However, in addition to these steps, we can also supplement our skin care routine with professional treatments, designed to give your skin an extra boost and keep it healthy.
Amongst these treatments is the chemical peel, and while it might sound slightly intimidating to the uninitiated, a facial peel provides numerous benefits to support your skin. Here is a closer look at just how they work.
How do chemical peels work?
As the name suggests, these treatments work by applying a carefully balanced formula to your face, hands or neck. The following reaction makes the outer, superficial layer of dull, dead skin cells start to release and lift off, giving a mild peeling look. After, it reveals a fresh, revitalised complexion beneath.
Chemical peels can help to treat fine lines as well as the effects of photoageing (including wrinkles). In addition, the right formula can also minimise the appearance of age spots and freckles, as well as mild scarring. Acne sufferers may also be able to benefit, but be sure to book a consultation with one of our skin technicians to determine whether you would suit a specific type of facial peel
What can I expect from a chemical peel?
During the peel itself, you may experience a slight tingling or prickling sensation, akin to pins and needles, but no pain of any kind.
After your treatment, your technician will be able to advise you on aftercare tips, as well as recommend any products that can help to enhance the effects of your peel. You may find that your skin shows minor signs of redness or irritation post-peel, but rest assured that this is to be expected.
Generally, most patients will experience some mild flaking as their dead dry skin begins to lift over the course of the next 2-3 days. The skin will then continue to soften over the next 5-7 before the full effect of the peel are visible over the next 2-4 weeks.
However, to achieve the best possible result, your skin technician may recommend that you undergo additional sessions over the coming months. With good home care and regular treatments, you can potentially look forward to seeing improvements in your skin for years to come.
Are there any side effects from facial peels?
Typically, any adverse effects stemming from a chemical peel are usually down to poor aftercare or choosing the wrong skin care products post-treatment. Picking at your skin after your peel can also result in irritation, but otherwise side effects are rare.
With regards to a Lactic Acid peel, some patients may find they feel a slight tingling, stinging sensation or redness upon application. If this is the case, you can talk to your skin technician about easing into the treatment gradually to alleviate these effects. However, with continued usage, you'll find that these types of effects will be minimised as the skin grows healthier.
It is important to moisturise after a facial peel.
How can I take care of my skin following an acid peel?
In addition to following aftercare instructions, you can also help your skin to recover from an acid peel by using a high-quality moisturiser, particularly in the five days following your peel. Sun protection is also essential when you are having acid peels, so make sure that you take care of your skin. Talk to your Skin Expert about what products would best suit you as your skin recovers from your peel. Soon enough, you will be able to resume your regular skin care routine.