What is chemical peel?

Chemical Peel is a procedure used for improving the quality and the structure of the skin over a long period of time. It is a skin rejuvenation method with very good results – it is extremely effective in smoothing the skin texture and fine-to-moderate wrinkles as well as treating skin pigmentation (dark spots) caused by the sun or other factors, acne and black comedones, or rough skin.

Chemical peel can be used on the face, neck, hands and legs.

Depending on the depth, we can differenciate between several types: surface chemical peel, medium deep chemical peel, and deep chemical peel.

What is it used for?

In general, chemical peels are used to treat the following conditions:

  • Oily and acne-prone skin;
  • Acne scars;
  • Superficial-to-medium-deep wrinkles;
  • Skin hyperpigmentation;
  • Dehydrated skin.

What is it used for?

In general, chemical peels are used to treat the following conditions:

  • Oily and acne-prone skin;
  • Acne scars;
  • Superficial-to-medium-deep wrinkles;
  • Skin hyperpigmentation;
  • Dehydrated skin.

How does it work?

Chemical peels remove the first layer of the skin. The procedure is basically a controlled skin injury, caused by the application of a chosen peel solution. The wounded area regenerates new tissues and a new layer of skin is produced while the old one peels off. The new skin appears smoother and healthier than the old one.

The period between October and March is perfect for undergoing a chemical skin peel. There is a variety of different treatments to choose from ranging from very gentle to abrasive peels where a chemical solution is used to penetrate the skin at different levels. According to the level of penetration of the chemical solution into the skin and defined by the cellular layer where intercellular junctions are broken, peels can be classified as superficial, medium-depth and deep.

How does it work?

Chemical peels remove the first layer of the skin. The procedure is basically a controlled skin injury, caused by the application of a chosen peel solution. The wounded area regenerates new tissues and a new layer of skin is produced while the old one peels off. The new skin appears smoother and healthier than the old one.

The period between October and March is perfect for undergoing a chemical skin peel. There is a variety of different treatments to choose from ranging from very gentle to abrasive peels where a chemical solution is used to penetrate the skin at different levels. According to the level of penetration of the chemical solution into the skin and defined by the cellular layer where intercellular junctions are broken, peels can be classified as superficial, medium-depth and deep.

What kind of chemicals are used?

Chemical peels use acids such as:

  • AHA or alfa hydroxy acid – citric, glycolic, lactic, malic acid – this is the lightest form of chemical peel, suitable for skin exfoliation and for treating superficial skin hyperpigmentation;
  • BHA or beta hydroxy acid is the most-commonly used salicylic acid that is indicated for treating oily and problematic, acne-prone skin. This acid is able to penetrate blocked skin pores, clean them and act as an antiseptic and exfoliant;
  • TCA or trichloroacetic acid is a medium-depth exfoliant which allows for skin proteins to group, and thus repairs more pronounced skin damages. It is suitable for treating scars and wrinkles.

What kind of chemicals are used?

Chemical peels use acids such as:

  • AHA or alfa hydroxy acid – citric, glycolic, lactic, malic acid – this is the lightest form of chemical peel, suitable for skin exfoliation and for treating superficial skin hyperpigmentation;
  • BHA or beta hydroxy acid is the most-commonly used salicylic acid that is indicated for treating oily and problematic, acne-prone skin. This acid is able to penetrate blocked skin pores, clean them and act as an antiseptic and exfoliant;
  • TCA or trichloroacetic acid is a medium-depth exfoliant which allows for skin proteins to group, and thus repairs more pronounced skin damages. It is suitable for treating scars and wrinkles.

What can you expect?

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Desired results are visible already after completing the first treatment, and the recommended number of treatments is six to eight in total, with one appointment per every two to three weeks.

Good to know

General precautions after the treatment:

  • Do not wear makeup for the first 24 hours following your peel;
  • Do not get exposed to the sunlight and do not book an appointment at a tanning salon;
  • Use moisturizers with a high SPF after the completion of the treatment.
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chemical-peel-expect-2

Desired results are visible already after completing the first treatment, and the recommended number of treatments is six to eight in total, with one appointment per every two to three weeks.

Good to know

General precautions after the treatment:

  • Do not wear makeup for the first 24 hours following your peel;
  • Do not get exposed to the sunlight and do not book an appointment at a tanning salon;
  • Use moisturizers with a high SPF after the completion of the treatment.

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