CLINICAL PEELS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
What benefits can I expect from a clinical peel?
Clinical peels are wonderfully diverse treatments that can be tailored to suit different skin types and treat an array of skin concerns, including:
- Sun damage
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Break outs/congestion
- Thickened skin texture
- Dull/sallow skin
- Scarring & acne scarring
- Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
- Uneven skin tone
- Loss of elasticity
- Enlarged pores
How do clinical peels work?
Peels work by utilising gentle exfoliating agents to loosen the intercellular ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells to the surface of the skin, increase the natural exfoliation process that takes place beneath the skins surface, stimulate the regeneration of new, healthy skin cells to resurface the skin and deeply cleans the pores to ultimately achieve a brighter, refined skin texture and complexion.
What type of peel is right for me?
Peels vary in strength and in their particular ingredients and therefore can be tailored to suit almost every skin type and condition. So, no matter what your individual concerns are, there will be a peel just right for you! Of course, before commencing any peel treatment your skin must be assessed to determine which peel is exactly the right fit, more often than not the peel used will change each time you have a treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will vary depending on the condition being treated and its severity. Beautiful results can be enjoyed from just a one- off peel treatment, an ideal treatment option when maintaining general skin health or when preparing for a special occasion or event. Best results will be achieved through multiple treatments, we recommend undergoing a program of 6 peels, particularly when the goal is to correct specific skin concerns.
How do I prepare my skin for a peel treatment?
For best possible results, it is recommended to use an appropriate cosmeceutical homecare regime for 2 weeks prior to commencing a peel treatment. Avoid excess UV exposure, taking extra caution not to obtain a sun burn before any peel as this will make treatment impossible until the skin fully heals. Peels cannot be performed if there are any open wounds in the area, cold sores or if you have been taking Roaccutane medication within the last 6 months. Pregnancy and breast feeding are contraindications to some peels, but not all. Peels cannot be performed if the area to be treated has been waxed on the same day.
How long does a peel take?
Clinical peel treatments are fast and easy and only take approximately 30 minutes to complete. A peel is the perfect ‘lunch time’ treatment as you are in and out of the clinic quickly and can resume your normal daily activities straight away. If you are pairing an LED treatment with your peel you will be in the clinic for approximately 45 minutes. If you are new to the clinic we will also conduct a skin consultation which takes approximately 30 minutes.
How will a peel feel on my skin?
Peels are painless, enjoyable treatments. When most peel solutions are applied to the skin you will experience a tingling sensation and often some gentle warming of the skin, this typically settles down a few minutes after application. Some peels, even though triggering stimulation beneath the skin’s surface, will not create any detectable sensation on the skins surface.
How will I look after a treatment?
Typically, a slight redness will be noticed immediately following the treatment, this will naturally dissipate over the course of 1-2 hours. Some clients may notice slight dryness or flakiness on the skins surface for a few days following the peel, generally this is only an outcome following a stronger peel however more sensitive or dry skins can experience this result following a low-level peel also.
How do I care for my skin after a peel treatment?
Following a peel your skin will be a bit more sensitive than usual so it is important to follow after-care instructions.
- Apply 50+ SPF protection daily
- Avoid excessive UV exposure
- Avoid skin irritants such as Retinol, AHAs, BHAs or any form of exfoliation for 3-5 days following treatment
- Avoid picking or scratching any dry or flaky skin
- Avoid heavy exercise, hot showers, spas and saunas for 1-2 days following treatment
- Apply recommended aftercare products for 3-5 days following treatment
How often can I have a peel?
How frequently you can have a peel will depend on what skin conditions are being treated and the strength of the peel. Typically, you can have a peel every 2-4 weeks, when starting out we recommend coming in fortnightly to maintain optimum results.
Should I have any other treatments with my peel?
Peels can be performed as a stand-alone treatment but optimum results will be achieved by pairing your peel with LED Light Therapy. LED will boost the effect of the peel, calm redness and inflammation, speed up natural wound healing and boost collagen and elastin production. Peels can also be paired with Laser Genesis for an effective plumping and skin rejuvenating treatment.
Peel fun fact:
Skin peeling is a relatively new term used for this quick and easy clinical treatment, but did you know this method dates back to the ancient world? Cleopatra, who was a symbol of beauty and known for her flawless skin, used to bath in milk. The fermented milk would act like a modern-day peel to stimulate exfoliation and renewal of the skin. The main ingredient used in this case was lactic acid, a derivative of fermented milk, which is one of the main ingredients we still use in peels today!
Seeing is believing. Contact us to see if a clinical peel is the right treatment for you!