Whether you’re looking for a beautiful glow before a party or your skin is in need of deeper resurfacing, chemical peels offer many options for skin rejuvenation. The benefits of chemical peels are as numerous as are their applications. These versatile anti-aging skin care treatments work by removing the top layers of the epidermis, helping to smooth the skin while encouraging the formation of collagen and cellular repair.
Choosing the right chemical peel for you
A good chemical peel can transform your skin. But how do you know which kind of peel is suitable for your skin type and aesthetic goals? To understand the true benefits of chemical peels and what they can do for your complexion, it’s useful to know that they come in different strengths.
Chemical peels generally fall into four categories. These are:
- Mild – medium
- Medium – deep
- Very deep (these contain very strong acids and are only available through a physician)
Mild Chemical Peels
With the least amount of downtime, the mild chemical peel (also called the lunchtime peel) is ideal for most people who want to resume their life immediately without looking too red. These peels are usually formulated with milder acids such as citrus fruits (citric acid), sugar cane (glycolic acid) and milk products (lactic acid). You can often find these same ingredients in many anti-aging skin care products for home care.
When To Have A Mild Chemical Peel?
If you have a special occasion on the horizon and you want your skin to look radiant and ensure a smooth makeup application, a very mild chemical peel is a great choice. Done a few days leading up to your event it can remove dry, dull layers of skin, soften fine lines and bring out your natural radiance.
If you have specific skin concerns, such as minor sun damage, skin discolouration, mild acne scars and enlarged pores, the mild chemical peel can address all these concerns safely and gently. Mild chemical peels produce the best anti-aging outcomes when performed in a series of 4-6 sessions, usually 2-4 weeks apart. It’s also recommended to have a few maintenance treatments done a few times a year to prolong the results.
Mild-medium Chemical Peels
Expect 1-2 days of downtime with the mild-medium chemical peel. That’s because they contain a blend of both naturally-occurring and synthetic acids.
The mild-medium peel penetrates deeper than its mild cousin; however, it can leave your skin looking a little pink or tight for a few days.
There’s also the possibility of peeling, flaking and dryness after, so you may want to avoid using harsh skin care products several days following the mild-medium peel.
When To Have A Mild-medium Chemical Peel?
These peels can treat skin conditions that are a little more serious in nature. For example, if you have moderate sun damage, hyperpigmentation, skin aging (lines and wrinkles), texture issues and acne scars, mild-medium peels can help to improve your skin tone, texture, smoothness and overall appearance.
The benefit of chemical peels, when they’re mild-medium in strength, is you need fewer of them for successful skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. A series of 1-3 sessions can achieve excellent results for most clients.
Medium-deep Chemical Peels
Medium-deep peels can have several days to a week of downtime so you would need to plan for them in advance. Exactly how many days of recovery needed all depends on the strength of your peel and your ultimate goal. This is something you would need to discuss during your personalised consultation.
The potency of medium-deep peels comes from a combination of acids, with the base ingredient being Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA). TCA is a non-toxic chemical peeling agent that’s been used in anti-aging skin care for many decades. When TCA is applied to the skin, it strips the top damaged layers of the epidermis, encouraging healthy, new, vibrant skin to rise to the surface.
TCA peels can be done at different depths from superficial to deep. For this reason, it remains a highly popular treatment with many skin therapists and clients because it’s proven safe and effective on many skin types and conditions.
When To Have A Medium-deep Chemical Peel?
Advanced skin aging, sun damage, pigmentation (melasma) and deep or pitted acne scars can benefit from medium-deep peels. They can produce the same level of results as laser skin resurfacing but in many cases, chemical peels are more affordable than laser treatments done at a physician’s office.
Medium-deep TCA peels are usually recommended once or twice a year. They are best if you’re treating specific complexion concerns and you can afford to take a week off from work for your recovery. As with mild-medium peels, avoid harsh skin care products for several days following your procedure.
What areas can be treated?
Chemical peels can be performed on most areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs.
It’s important to choose a highly trained and experienced skin therapist for your chemical peel to avoid any serious health complications. Particularly when treating non-facial areas, you should be aware that these areas heal much more slowly than the face, and the desired results are not always predictable.
For this reason, your skin therapist will recommend that you never perform a chemical peel on more than a small area of the body at one time. Otherwise, there’s potential to develop toxicity.
We encourage you to book a consultation with one of our experienced medical professionals at Restoration Clinic in Perth. Give us a call at (08) 9025 3218 or contact us by email to learn more about the chemical peel costs and whether this procedure is right for you.