The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is made up of millions of cells that protects us from the environment and regulate our body temperature. Every day thousands of cells die, flake off and are replaced by new cells from beneath the skin. As we age, this process begins to slow down causing our skin to become dull, dark blotches, fine lines and other signs of sun-damage and aging begin to appear.
Chemical peels are a skin treatment method of regenerating and resurfacing the skin by a procedure in which chemical solution is applied to the skin causing a peeling of its upper layers. The removal of the top layers of skin induces collagen remodelling where new skin grows that is fresh and unblemished. Depending on the depth of the peeling, chemical peels can remove freckles, brown blotches, scaly sunspots and even superficial wrinkles. Chemical peels can also be commonly referred to as skin peels, lactic acid peels, glycolic or TCA peels.
Chemical peels can improve the following conditions
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun-damaged skin
- Age spots
- Uneven pigmentation
- Shallow acne scars
Chemical Peeling with DermCosmesis in Perth offers the following advantages:
- Improvement in colour and complexion
- Smooths the skin and gives you a fresh, vibrant and more youthful glow
- Improves acne, break outs, blocked pores and congestion whilst normalising oil secretion
- Improves skin texture and stimulates collagen renewal which helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles.
- Speak to your dermatologist about which peel is right for your skin type or condition.
At DermCosmesis we use a range of skin treatment peels depending on what the client is wanting to achieve. Lighter peels with minor peeling are a good introduction for first timers, through to the stronger TCA and Jessner peels that result in moderate to heavy skin shedding.
To enquire on chemical peels or make a booking at DermCosmesis in Perth contact us on 9208 6451
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How are chemical peels performed?
Chemical peels at DermCosmesis are performed by one of our highly trained and experienced dermal technicians. The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an appropriate cleanser first. Vaseline is sometimes used to protect the peel from entering the eye. A fan may be present to help cool the skin for comfort during the peel.
The chemical peel solution is then applied to the face. The procedure is timed, and you will be asked about your comfort level. Neutralisation of the peel (generally with sodium bicarbonate) is performed at the end of the peel, or if there is an untoward skin reaction, or if the pain is excessive. The peel is completed by placing a soothing balm on the face.
How long do chemical peels take?
Most peels can be performed within a few minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Which chemical peel is right for me?
Chemical peels induce a controlled wound to the skin, and can replace part or all of the top layers of skin. A variety of chemicals can be used as peeling agents and include glycolic, trichloroacetic (TCA), salicylic and resorcinol.
The key determinants to which chemical peel is right for you are; the degree of the skin problem/ageing/sun-damage, the skin type/colour, the amount of improvement you would like to achieve, and the amount of recovery or downtime that is acceptable by you.
We recommend booking a free consultation to speak to one of our qualified therapists to help you decide which peel is right for you.
How can I prepare myself for a chemical peel?
Skin priming can help with uniform penetration of the peel, accelerated healing, and to reduce post-peel complications such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. We recommend using skin care products containing retinoic acid or those with topical lightening agents such as hydroquinone, kojic acid or arbutin for 2 weeks prior to a peel. The use of alpha-hydroxy acid cleansers/exfoliants in the weeks prior to chemical peeling can also help the peeling agent (especially in evenness of penetration), but do not reduce the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
What is the most popular peel solution?
Glycolic acid responds well on almost all skin types and is the most popular peel, followed by Salicylic acid peels which are most commonly used to treat acne.
Are there any medical problems that your doctor should be aware of prior to having a chemical peel?
Patients with a history of, or a current infection of herpes simplex virus (cold sores) should ensure that their doctor is aware of this before chemical peeling. If there is an active infection present, you may be asked to wait until it has passed prior to having a chemical peel. Also if you have a history of cold sores, your doctor may place you on anti-viral medication as a prophylaxis to an outbreak during your treatment.
If you have a history of keloid (thick, pigmented scars) you may also be excluded from all but the most superficial of peels.
Patients with HIV/AIDS or immuno-suppression should avoid chemical peels because this may impair wound healing and increase the likelihood of infection and scarring.
Also those who have recently had a course of oral isotretinoin or Roaccutane should avoid chemical peels for at least 6 months before undergoing medium or deep chemical peels. Similarly, patients who have had a recent face or browlift should wait at least 6 months.
What are the complications or side effects of chemical peels?
Most superficial peels are safe and effective and deeper peels have generally been replaced with laser resurfacing due to the higher chance of side effects. Most superficial peels produce a mild amount of redness that persists for a few days only. Medium to deep peels can cause redness that can persist for up to a month.
Allergic reactions – very uncommon however an anti-histamines may be taken before, if an allergy is known, or after.
Folliculitis /acne – this occurs commonly as a result of the emollient creams used during healing. Antibiotics may be required to heal these eruptions.
Scarring – a very uncommon complication of chemical peels. This is usually associated with a history of poor healing or keloid scarring. Scarring is more likely the deeper the peel. An early sign of scarring is persistent redness and itchiness. This needs to be treated with a topical steroid.