I commonly hear many misconceptions about clients regarding peels after taking to YouTube and watching videos of Chemical Peels and seeing excessive shedding. Peels come in different depths, not every peel will cause your skin to excessively peel.
Can you tell me how chemical peels work?
Chemical Peels are exfoliators, they work by breaking the bonds that hold dead skin cells together which is what triggers desquamation. The controlled injury to the skin stimulates a wound healing effect in which collagen production is a part of.
As well as exfoliating the skin, the peels that I provide are superficial and work synergistically so there are a cocktail of acids in one peel that bring different properties to the skin such as targeting hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne and fine lines and wrinkles.
Are the acids in peels dangerous for my skin?
What a lot of people do not realise is the acids that are used in peels are actually derived from natural sources, for example, salicylic acid is derived from willow bark, lactic acid is derived from soured milk and glycolic acid is derived sugar cane. So no, they are not harmful substances, as long as the practitioner you are working with ensures your skin is prepped at least 2-4 weeks prior to the peel and works safely.
Why do I need to prep my skin?
Chemical peels work the deeper layers of your skin and can be quite strong. By prepping your skin you are building skin resilience to reduce irritation and any unwanted side effects. Also, you are maximising the benefits of the peel so it is super important that you manage the advised routine.
How long before I see the benefits?
With maintaining a strong skincare routine, it is advised that you have a course of 3-6 chemical peels for improved appearance, however after the first peel you will notice that your skin is a lot smoother, brighter and allows better product absorption which is important for your home care routine.
Data released by Google suggested that Chemical Peels were the most searched for regarding skincare in the UK last year so they are extremely popular. The ones I provide in clinic have the ability to treat a number of skin concerns while offering minimal downtime so can be done during the working week.