5 Questions About Facial Peels
1. What is a facial peel?
Through the use of chemical solutions, the damaged outer layers of the skin are removed, stimulating new skin growth, which improves the texture and tone of the facial skin. There are light, and medium peels available, the stronger the peel, the more dramatic the results. Peels are helpful in treating facial blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles and skin pigmentation.
A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve the tone and texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers and stimulating new skin growth. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are the most common chemicals used for superficial peeling. They typically take less then 30 minutes and are done in a series for the best results.
2.What chemicals are used for facial peels?
For light peels, Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast uses Alpha Hydroxyl Acid (AHA). These are mild natural acids made from sugar cane, milk, and fruit. Of these acids, the most commonly used are the glycolic and lactic acids. These types of acids dissolve the bonds which keep the dead skin cells together, on the outer layer of the skin. This leads to improved clarity and tone of the skin, as well as better absorption of topical agents aimed at improving the skin. AHA acids also encourage the living layers of skin to thicken and retain water, decreasing fine wrinkles by plumping up the skin.
For medium peels, Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast uses a stronger acid, known as Trichloro Acetic Acid (TCA). This acid penetrates deeper and removes not only the top layer of skin but also half of the second layer of skin. As this is a deeper peel, using stronger chemicals, only skilled medical professionals, such as Nurses and Doctors, typically give this treatment.
3. Are facial peels painful?
The light peel requires no medication or sedation, the chemicals used only produce a light tingling sensation.
The deeper peels, do require light sedation. We recommend you bring a friend along who can take you home after the procedure. There won’t be any pain once the sedation wears off, however your skin will feel tight.
4. What will I look like after the peel?
With the light peel, you may experience some redness and mild flaking of the skin, for around a week following the treatment.
For the medium peel you will appear red for a few days. The top layers of the skin will then turn a darker red, become stiff and look leather-like. After this the skin will crack, peel and flake. The flaking takes about four to seven days to stop. Once all this old skin has fallen off, your new skin will look flushed, and bright, the flushed appearance will fade slowly over the next few weeks. Once the peeling has completely stopped, you can use makeup.
5. Will I need to have repeat peels?
Light peels can be undertaken every 3 months to maintain the healthy, glowing, clear skin look. Medium peels are usually repeated every 6-12 months, depending on when the results start to dissipate.
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