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Chemical Peels

There has been a lot of interest in Peels lately with lots of enquiries regarding peels to remove pigment/ age spots/ wrinkles / acne or acne scarring and what are the different types of peel?

A consultation is a must to determine which peel would best suit your current skin condition.

Depending on your skin issues Chemical Peels can really improve many skin imperfections.

They can be used to restore a youthful, vibrant appearance to wrinkly, blotchy, sundamaged skin. Acne and acne scarring also respond really well to mild peels as the acids help to deep clean the pores, correct skin pH and generally improve the health of the skin.

Images Beauty Therapy Clinic offers a variety of Peels to our clients.

Light Chemical Peels

  • Enzyme Peel
  • Glycolic Acid Peels – 10%, 25%, 30% and 60%(feet only)
  • Lactic Acid Peels – 30% and 50%
  • Joyce Blok Radiance Peels (Lactic & Salicylic Gel Peel Mix) 16% and 25%

AHA / Enzyme / JB Radiance AHA/BHA Peel            30 minutes      $60

Pre – Paid  3 x AHA Peels                                         3 x 30 mins      $120                               (ie 2 Peels  + 1 Free Peel)

Pre-Paid package must be paid in advance or at time of first peel.

Medium Chemical Peels

  • BHA Salicylic Peel 10%
  • Jessner Peel – (Salicylic14% / Lactic14%/ Resorcinol14% Mix)
  • TCA Peel 20%

BHA Salicylic Layered Peel                          30- 60 mins     $120

Jessner Layered Peel                                   30- 60 mins     $120

TCA Layered Peel                                        30- 60 mins     $120

What are Peels?

A peel or exfoliant is a skin treatment that removes the top layers of your skin (epidermis).

A chemical peel is a treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin using a chemical solution that causes the top layers to soften then slowly slough off or peel off.

There are three main types of chemical face peels – light, medium and deep chemical peels.

A light peel Treats the Epidermis, improves acne scars, skin texture and reduces effects of sun damage.

The most commonly used Chemical Acids used in the Beauty Industry are the Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) or naturally occurring fruit or food acids.

A medium peel improves acne, smooths fine surface wrinkles and corrects pigment problems. A medium peel penetrates the Epidermis and can penetrate into the Dermis. For more intensive Peels Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Salicylic Acid and Tri-chloro-acetic Acid (TCA) is used.

Deep peels help treat sun-damaged skin, deep coarse wrinkles and pre-cancerous growths. A Deep Peel penetrates deep into the dermis layer. Phenol Peels are used in the medical Beauty Industry and are performed under medical supervision by doctors only and in Hospital conditions with Full Anesthesia.

Understanding Skin and Peels

Your skin has lots of layers. Skin is divided into 3 main layers – the Epidermis, the Dermis and the Subcutaneous layer.

The top layer is the epidermis. The Epidermis is then divided into 5 layers – the top most or outer layer – Stratum Corneum, then Lucidum, Granulosum, Spinosum, and then the Basal at the very lowest layer sitting on top of the Dermis and Subcutaneous layers. It is primarily the Stratum Corneum that Peels are treating.

It’s been calculated we have approximately 40 + layers of epidermis – a layer of skin cells for each day and it takes about 6 weeks to replace all the layers. We make a new layer of epidermis cells (in the basal layer) and we shed a layer of old epidermis cells (corneum) every day. As we age our skin slows this process down.

Therefore, if we peel a few layers from the top outermost layers, we refresh the skin surface. We get rid of the oldest skin to be replaced by younger skin cells underneath. Regular exfoliation is known to speed the renewal processes of the skin. It is the replacement of the skin that is rejuvenating the skin surface and improving texture, colour and moisture – ie feel, look and softness of your skin.

Pigmentation is mainly found in the epidermis layers of the skin and exfoliation (natural or therapeutic treatments) remove the pigmented skin cells thus revealing younger less pigmented skin – hence, lightening the skin colour.

Manual Exfoliation or Peel

  • Rubbing your skin surface with a rough substance scratches the top most layers off
  • Using a scrub is a common way to remove layers of skin.
  • Brushes, mitts, sanding discs and pedi-paddles are other manual methods used to remove excess skin – think callused heels on feet.
  • Microdermabrasion is just another form of scrubbing the skin – but in a very mechanical way.
  • Dermabrasion was an old method of skin refinement with skin literally sanded off under anaesthetic in an operating theatre!

NOTE – Enzyme Peels

A good alternative to Acid Peels is an Enzyme Peel – which uses Papain Enzyme from Papaya and Bromelain Enzyme from Pineapple. Pumpkin enzyme peel is also becoming popular. Enzymes breakdown protein and gently dissolve the skin surface cells. Timing is crucial with enzymes as they have a limited activity and once the enzyme solution dries it becomes inactive. These treatments can speed up natural chemical reactions in the skin that renew skin cells while exfoliating dead cells. Enzymes are also reported to diminish scars, age spots, fine lines, and discoloration, and may also penetrate the skin to cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture. The most amazing thing about enzyme peels is that they do not damage or remove live tissue! They exfoliate ONLY dead cells, which is a big reason why enzyme peels are great for nearly all skin types. Because there is no injury to live skin, there’s no down time – so no hiding out in the dark at home for days on end!

 Light Chemical Peels or AHA’s

Also known as Fruit Acid or AHA Acid Peels or AHA chemical peels, a light chemical peel is a non-invasive treatment that removes the upper layers of dead and damaged skin and encourages skin cell regeneration. This type of peel provides gentle treatment for fine lines, acne, chronic dry skin, and uneven pigmentation.

What is a Light Chemical Peel?

Light chemical peels contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Therapist’s who perform light chemical peels select an appropriate chemical solution (or mix of solutions) based on each client’s needs. Chemical peels primarily containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids may be referred to as “AHA chemical peels”.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are derived from fruit, sugar, sour milk, and other natural sources. AHA chemical peels often contain:

  • Glycolic acid (extracted from sugar cane) Strongest and fastest activity
  • Lactic acid (extracted from milk) slower activity and moisturising
  • Malic acid (extracted from pears and apples)
  • Citric acid (extracted from oranges and lemons)
  • Tartaric acid (extracted from grapes)

Regardless of the specific type, Alpha Hydroxy Acids gently rejuvenate the skin and encourage skin cell regeneration with little or no irritation or discomfort. Glycolic acid, lactic acid, and other alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) in lower concentrations are so gentle, in fact, that they are common ingredients in home skin care products, and clients who undergo a light chemical peel may be asked to use such products to improve on their results.

Candidates for Light Chemical Peels

Good candidates for light chemical peels are patients who have relatively mild skin imperfections and conditions, and who want to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of their skin without the recovery time of harsher treatments. Fruit acid peels (AHA chemical peels) are a safe and effective way to improve the look of sun-damaged skin, and they are helpful in reducing mild acne scars and fine lines. Because these light chemical peels exfoliate the surface of the skin and unclog pores, they are also considered an effective type of Acne treatment

Prior to a Chemical Peel – what to do?

It is recommended that any person beginning chemical peels should have a consultation first with a patch test and that they use Homecare Products containing weaker strengths of AHA for 2 weeks prior. UV protection MUST be used every day prior to and after and always when using AHA’s Products

Light Peel Application

In preparation for a light chemical peel, the client’s skin is first gently cleansed to remove any oil and makeup. A prep solution is used to “de-fat” the skin and allow a deeper penetration of the acid gel or solution. Then the chemical solution or gel is applied to the targeted areas. The specific formulation and concentration of the AHA solution depend on the client’s needs. As the chemical solution works on the skin, the client will typically feel a warm tingling or stinging sensation. After the chemical solution has been on the skin for the prescribed amount of time (1 to 10 minutes), the therapist will wash it away with water and apply a soothing lotion. The entire process of a light chemical peel usually takes about 30 minutes, and the client typically experiences little or no skin redness or other side effects. After a light chemical peel, the client can expect to return to daily activities immediately. Multiple treatments are usually necessary to achieve optimal results.

Light Peel Recovery

Light chemical peel side effects are few, and in most cases light chemical peels require no recovery time, you should be able to return to work or everyday activities immediately after treatment. Most clients experience a gradual smoothing, improved tone, texture, and pigmentation over the next 3 days

After your peel, your therapist will give you guidelines to follow to help ensure the success of your treatment. Generally, patients are instructed to use a gentle cleanser and specified moisturizing lotion, and to avoid exposing the treated skin to the sun. You should see further improvement as your course of treatments progresses.

Light Peel Do’s and Don’ts!!

  • You might experience some initial tingling or mild itching, and a pink hot glow may appear. If this sensation is too unpleasant tell us to stop. – We can easily neutralize AHA Peels.
  • Do not forget sun block, Chemical peel treatments gently peel layers of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin exposing more delicate skin cells to the sun’s harmful rays. It is therefore imperative that a sun block be used (all year) to prevent sun damage and potential for hyper pigmentation (dark blotches). With proper sun protection Chemical peel’s can be used all year round.
  • To improve results Images provide AHA or AHA/ BHA Homecare Products, which enable you to continue a gentle strength chemical peel treatment between Professional Strength Chemical Peels.
  • For optimum results, 6 x weekly peels should be performed along with homecare and introduction of good skin care routines and products to improve the appearance of many skin conditions.
  • To avoid or treat pigmentation problems we recommend using products containing Vitamin C, Liquorice or Bearberry Extracts or other Hyperpigmentation inhibiting Products. (Pigment Inhibitors.)
  • Never start with the Strongest Peel available – always gently increase the strength from a Gentle Percentage and climb the various strengths as your skin adapts and improves.

Are Multiple Light Peels Required to Achieve Desired Results?

Unlike deep chemical peels, which require only one session, patients generally undergo five to eight light chemical peels to achieve optimal results. Best results occur when performed close together on a weekly basis and Multi Peel Packages are available. Just as the formulation of the light chemical peel solution is customized for each patient, the number, spacing and gradual increase in strength of the treatments varies according to individualized treatment plan for each client. To learn about the ideal treatment for your particular skin enhancement needs, it is best to have a consultation with your therapist.

 

Medium Chemical Peels

BHA Salicylic Acid

Jessner Peel 

TCA Trichloroacetic Acid Peel

NOTE – Green Herbal Peel is also a Medium Peel with very similar results  

See Green Herbal Peel Page

Medium chemical peels are an effective way to correct acne scars, address uneven pigmentation, improve the texture and tone of the skin, smooth out fine lines, and more. A Medium Peel works by penetrating the top layers of skin cells causing the skin cells to soften then swell and then dry out. These dead skin cells then detach from the layers underneath to allow for new skin cells to be revealed and replace the dull, damaged outer layers of skin.

Medium chemical peels include Layered Salicylic, Jessner (lactic & salicylic) and TCA peels.

BHA or Salicylic Acid (willowbark or aspirin) is another similar Natural Acid to AHA’s but does not penetrate between the skin cells so easily and works more on the surface skin and down into the pores. Salicylic Acid has an antiseptic, anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effect which calms and heals acne breakouts. The main benefit of salicylic acid is that by being similar to aspirin, it prevents after-treatment irritations.

It’s precisely the anti-inflammatory properties of Salicylic Acid that make Salicylic Acid peels safer and more effective than an AHA peel, especially for sensitive skin or darker skin types.

TCA Trichloroacetic Acid Chemical peels are popular because they are an excellent “spot” treatment that can be used on any area of the body and can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. For best results, clients typically complete a prescribed series of treatments, with each treatment spaced six to twelve weeks apart.

Candidates for BHA or TCA Peels

Medium (BHA or TCA) chemical peels are known for delivering long-lasting results after a brief healing process.

BHA or TCA chemical peels are ideally suited to patients wishing to address wrinkles, superficial blemishes and scars, uneven pigmentation including sunspots.

 Medium Peel Application

In preparation for a light chemical peel, the client’s skin is first gently cleansed to remove any oil and makeup. A prep solution is used to “de-fat” the skin and allow a deeper penetration of the acid solution. The thin liquid solutions of BHA, Jessner and TCA solutions are either painted on with a fan brush or cotton swab. During the procedure you will experience a warm to hot sensation in the skin and we can offer you a fan to help keep your skin cool. One to three (possibly more) layers may be applied with a five minute interval between each layer. Frosting indicates that the skin has reached saturation point – or time to stop. With each additional layer we are increasing the depth of the penetration of the peel solution, increasing the number layers of skin that will peel and increasing the length of time the skin will take to flake off. The BHA, Jessner or TCA solutions are self neutralizing and are left on the skin and allowed to dry. Then a soothing ointment is applied. You must avoid wetting or washing your skin for the next 8-12 hours. We then finish with Sun Block.

Your skin may be shiny and red for a few hours after treatment. Flaking and itchiness is also possible in the first few days. Use high SPF sun blocks every time you go out, BHA increases sun sensitivity. Depending on the size of the area being treated, a medium chemical peel may take from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Medium Chemical Peel Recovery

After a Medium chemical peel, the treated skin cells dehydrates and a superficial crust of dry skin forms over the treated area. The skin gradually gets tighter and drier. Then after 2 to 3 days the skin begins to flake off and may continue to flake for 7 to 10 days. The newly revealed skin may initially appear reddish, but the discoloration will fully fade returning to normal colour within a week to reveal skin with dramatically improved texture, colour, and overall appearance. Healing time takes approximately two weeks.

Possible side effects

Redness and some mild swelling are common side effects after this type of skin peel. Care must be given to avoid re-wetting their skin as this can re-activate the medium peel. As your skin peels your appearance may be embarrassing as the flakes of skin become obvious.

Do not remove the flaking skin or perform any scrubs or exfoliation to speed the PEELING process. The new skin underneath the dry peeling skin is very vulnerable to damage if exposed too soon.

Application of rich ointment type creams to allow the skin to PEEL at its own pace.

During recovery, it is important for the client to follow the instructions given by the therapist who applied the BHA, Jessner or TCA peel. The therapist will provide instructions for limiting sun exposure and taking other precautions after a medium chemical peel.

Always keep in contact with Images as the peel progresses as we are interested in your achieving optimum results.

 Are Multiple Medium Peels Required to Achieve Desired Results?

Though individual treatment plans vary, clients typically undergo multiple medium chemical peel treatments before achieving optimal results. The number of treatments, as well as their spacing, depends on the clients goals, the condition of the clients skin, and other factors.

Benefits of BHA Salicylic or TCA Trichloroacetic Acid Peels

Medium Peels are used to clear clogged pores, oily, congested skin, acne and blackheads and importantly pigmentation especially on darker skin types who can experience difficulties with AHA Acid peels.

For blackheads, you will probably see results after 2-3 peels.

For mild-moderate acne, it will probably take around 6 peels, more if your acne is more severe.

For Pigmentation you may get lightening with just 1 peel or you may require multiple peels – but remember this is NOT a permanent result. This peel only removes the top layers of skin and NOT the cells that cause pigmentation.

Do’s and Don’ts!!

  • You might experience some initial tingling or mild itching, and a pink hot glow may appear.
  • Continue to fan your skin during the recovery hours after your peel.
  • Do not wet your skin as you will reactivate the Salicylic Acid and it will begin to heat up again.
  • Do not forget sun block, Chemical peel treatments gently peel layers of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin exposing more delicate skin cells to the sun’s harmful rays. It is therefore imperative that a sun block be used (all year) to prevent sun damage and potential for hyper pigmentation (dark blotches). With proper sun protection Chemical peel’s can be used all year round.
  • After a couple of weeks healing, you can improve results with AHA or AHA/ BHA Homecare Products, which enable you to continue a gentle strength chemical peel treatment between Professional Strength Chemical Peels.
  • To avoid or treat pigmentation problems we recommend using products containing Vitamin C, Liquorice or Bearberry Extracts. (Pigment Inhibitors.)

Contraindications

i.e. health problems that could stop or interfere with a Facial Procedure

Sun Burn, Burns and Skin Disorders, Severe Active Acne, Open cuts & Abrasions, Bruises & Swelling, Active herpes (cold sores), Conjunctivitis, Severe Eczema and Psoriasis, Impetigo (staphylococcus infection),Fungal Infection, Extreme Allergic Sensitivity. Recent Operations or Skin Injuries (less than 6 Months), Hepatitis

Health conditions that require treatment modification

Pregnancy, Cancer, Diabetes, Rosacea, Organ Transplant, Allergies, Roacutane and Retin A, Mild Acne.

 

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