30 Jan Proven benefits of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels improve the tone of skin, fight hyperpigmentation (sun damage, age spots), stimulate production of collagen, reduce signs of aging, and combat blackhead, acne, ingrown hair and congestion.
What are chemical peels?Chemical peels go a long way back. The Ancient Egyptians used animal oils, salt alabaster, and sour milk to aesthetically improve the skin. Sour milk was used to produce smooth skin, lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid was the active agent. Poultices containing mustard, sulfur and corrosive sublimate of limestone were used later by the Greeks and Romans. Pumice, frankincense, myrrh, and tree resins have served to lighten the skin and remove freckles and wrinkles.
In 1871 Tilbury Fox described the limited use of 20% phenol to lighten the skin, and in 1881 Henry Piffard mentioned inflammation from croton oil, an ingredient in phenol peeling formulas. These pioneering dermatologists were the first to work with peeling chemicals.
Fast-forward to the 1980’s. During that time there was a resurgence of interest in finding appropriate light or medium-depth peel alternatives to the standard phenol solution. Stagnone (1989) noted that superficial peeling with mild acids resulted in a “freshening” of the skin. Brody (1986) advocated the use of trichloracetic acid (TCA) for light or medium-depth peels (Brody and Hailey, 1988). Weiss et al (1988) demonstrated that by using retinoic acid (Retin-A) for 6 months or longer, one could achieve some resolution of the surface wrinkling and removal of actinic and pigmented solar.
The actual process or technique of chemical peels is best left at the hands of experienced professionals. It takes a great deal of experience with many different types of skin to know the wide variation in skin types and how these respond to the various peel solutions. It also takes a great deal of experience to predict the way in which each area of the face will respond to deep or light peeling in individuals and how one can influence the outcome with the method of application used. Careful selection of the appropriate application is the first and most important consideration.
Aesthetic Indications & Benefits of Chemical Peels:
Fine facial rhytids (stimulation of collagen)
Atrophic changes in skin caused by excessive sun exposure
Spotty or splotchy hyperpigmentation (sun spots, age spots)
Chataigne skin (sailor’s or farmer’s skin)
Multiple actinic and solar keratosis
Superficial acne scarring
Excessively wrinkled skin
After blepharoplasty or face-lift
No matter what the indication may be, almost everyone has their own imperfections when it comes to the clarity of their face. These chemical peel treatments even-out skin color and accentuate the natural glowing skin that you may never have known was there. And while you may not be able to stop the aging clock from ticking, there are ways to slow it down and chemical peels is one of them.
How do they work? During a chemical peel, the solution is applied using a sponge and left on the skin for a predetermined amount of time based on concentration. It penetrates the skin and breaks the bonds that hold each layer together. Once the desired number of layers have been separated and removed, the acid can be washed off with water. Immediately after a treatment, the skin will look pink or red and depending on the strength of the peel either it will continue to peel for several days or with chemical peels such as glycolic there is minimal downtime (slightly dryer skin or tightness for couple of days and that’s about it). The entire process from treatment to recovery can take from 0 days to a week.
At Radová Lifestyle, we use different strengths of glycolic, AHA, Lactic, Jessner’s, TCA, Vitamin C/glycolic to achieve the desirable results our clients want. We combine and customize each peel per skin type, lifestyle and goal. Certain types of peels should become a once-a-month must do for long lasting benefits. With stronger peels we recommend 1-2 per year, or, depending on skin, age, lifestyle, every other year. The bottom line is Chemical Peels improve the overall look and feel of your face!