Today, let's dive into the fascinating world of chemical peels, a time-tested skincare secret that's been making waves in the beauty scene for ages. If you're a luxury skincare enthusiast over 30, you're in for a treat because chemical peels are all about that radiant, youthful glow. So, what exactly is a chemical peel, who can benefit from it, and why should you consider it? Let's demystify this skincare gem.
What is a chemical Peel?
Chemical peels (also known as skin peels) are a commonly utilised treatment to improve the overall appearance and condition of the skin by deeply exfoliating the surface. This helps to remove the older, irregular, dull layers of skin and replace them with younger, fresher skin. Peels are also known to stimulate the cells in the deeper layers of the skin (the dermis) to produce new skin cells and form collagen.
But how is this done?
It’s fairly simple really. A solution made up of carefully curated skin-safe acids is applied to the surface of the skin. This is on the skin for up to 10 minutes before being removed (although not all peels work this way and some are left on the skin).
Acids! Yes, but don't be alarmed by the word "acids"; many of these ingredients are already in your daily skincare routine. In a peel, they're just more concentrated, with a lower pH for deeper impact.
Acids that are commonly used in chemical peels include: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, azelaic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), kojic acid, mandelic acid and citric acid.
What are the main benefits of a chemical peel?
Now, let's talk about the perks! Chemical peels are like your skincare superheroes, versatile enough to work their magic on your face, neck, and even your body. Here's what they can do for you:
Smooth the skin
Improve the appearance of fine lines
Reduce acne breakouts
Reduce post acne blemishes
Improve the appearance of age spots
Help to improve the appearance of acne scarring
What are the main types of chemical peel?
Peels are broadly classified according to the level of the skin which they are working.
They can be superficial, medium and deep.
During a superficial chemical peel, acids are used to create an intentional, controlled injury to the epidermis. The acid breaks the chemical bonds which hold the skin cells together, causing them to peel off. Superficial peels remove all, or part of, the epidermis
The aim is to deeply exfoliate the skin, which in turn, stimulates new epidermal growth and collagen production, with more evenly distributed melanin. The new skin that grows has improved surface texture and appearance.
Superficial peels are a safe and effective option fo ALL skin tones (which is why we love to use them in clinic) and have minimal downtime meaning that you can carry on with your usual activities immediately afterwards.
Similar to superficial peels, acids are used to create a controlled injury to the skin, but this time at a deeper level and the epidermis and part of the dermis is targeted.
The deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results. Medium-depth peels may involve slightly longer preparation, longer down-time and may also not be as suitable for some people. It is essential that you see an experienced medical professional who will be able to reduce the risk of complications.
These remove the epidermis and the upper dermis and are extremely intense procedures that requires hospital treatment and monitoring. This should only be carried out by an experienced medical doctor. The down time may be weeks following a deep peel.
How do you prepare for a chemical peel?
Getting ready for a chemical peel depends on the type you choose. Typically, you'll have a thorough skin consultation 1-2 weeks before the procedure to assess your suitability. You might need to use specific skincare products to prep your skin.
During this time, it's essential to hold off on active skincare ingredients like glycolic acid and retinol for the week leading up to your peel. And remember, no other skin treatments or injectables for two weeks before and after the peel, which might include some types of semi-permanent makeup.
Are there any side effects and risks with chemical peels?
Expect some common side effects like redness, dryness, and gentle peeling, but these vary depending on your peel. Keep your skin hydrated with a simple moisturizer and avoid excessive heat, sunshine, or strenuous exercise for a few days post-peel. Your skin specialist will be your guide to post-procedure care.
How much do chemical peels cost in Bournemouth?
Here at Miriderma Skin + Wellness clinic, we believe that luxury skincare should be accessible. Our chemical peels start at just £85. Click here to learn more and take the first step towards glowing, confident skin.