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Fine Features: Chemical Peels
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Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

I use Skin Tech products, which have been developed by a Spanish-based company founded 30 years ago and specialising in chemical peels and aftercare products.  Skin Tech is now used in more than 50 countries worldwide.

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are used to remove dead cells from the skin's surface to reveal a smoother, more youthful complexion.  Dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin which can result in a dull, rough, dry and aged complexion. It is possible to remove these cells to make way for healthier, vibrant skin. More effective than exfoliation, chemical peels act to remove the outer layers of skin. 

How does a Chemical Peel work?

A peel is the application of a chemical to remove several layers of the skin. Once the treatment has been applied to the skin, acid radicals penetrate the skin and exert their effect.  There are varying strengths of chemical peels which work at different levels in the skin to produce a superficial, medium deep or deep peel on the outer layer of the dermis.  I use two main types:

·          EASY PHYTIC (Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA Chemical Peel)

·          EASY TCA (Trichloracetic Acids or TCA Chemical Peel)

AHA Chemical Peel 

Alpha hydroxyl acids are found in plants and food such as citrus fruits, apples, grapes, and sugar cane and sour milk. The acid breaks the intracellular bonds of the epidermis and accelerates the sloughing of the superficial dead skin cells of the epidermis. Lactic acid and glycolic acid are the two most commonly used AHAs in skin care products and as a stand-alone peel. This peel is considered a light peel and patient will require multiple treatments to see results.

TCA Chemical Peel

Trichloroacetic acid can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA. The result of TCA peel produces more dramatic results than AHA peels. Clients may require more than one peel to achieve the desired results.

What skin concerns can be treated with a Chemical Peel?

Superficial chemical peels are very effective at treating hyper-pigmentation, improving skin tone and texture and working to reduce the appearance of very fine lines. It can also be useful for the treatment of acne if it has not responded to a previous treatment course.

A chemical peel will not replace loss of volume, cure sagging skin, eradicate deep lines and wrinkles, or reduce pore size.  

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