Chemical peels are a proven and affordable method for providing an even and controlled shedding of damaged skin cells. The selected peeling chemicals are applied to the skin resulting in destruction of the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. This process increases cellular turnover and improves the overall structure creating a more uniform and normalized skin. Regular chemical peel treatments help correct skin pigmentation irregularities, mild sun damage, wrinkles and acne, giving you a smoother, healthier complexion with the added benefit of reducing follicular debris and blockage. The effect is a kind of ‘spring cleaning’ for your skin.
A high concentration of glycolic acid can remove cells in the upper layer of the skin (called the epidermis) exposing the lower layer of undamaged skin. It is generally used for mild skin scars and comedones.
Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular particle size, is the most potent of AHA’s and thus penetrates more effectively and deeply than any other AHA. Available in 20%, 30%, 40% and 50% concentrations.
Lactic acid is much larger in molecular size, cannot penetrate as fast or as deeply as Glycolic acid, and is considered a moisturizing agent. For these reasons, Lactic acid is best suited for people who require a less aggressive exfoliation and milder approach to skin rejuvenation. A gradual smoothing, brightening, and clearing of skin blemishes will be accomplished.
What can I expect during and after a chemical peel?
When the chemical peel agent is applied to the skin you may feel a burning sensation for a few minutes. AHA peels may cause a transient pink discolouration which quickly returns to normal. Occasionally very slight flaking in a few localized areas is seen for 1-2 days. Do not expect the skin to really peel. With AHA peels you can return to work immediately after your treatment.
How many treatment sessions do I need?
To get best results peels have to be repeated. Most patients require 2-4 peels at 1-4 week intervals.
Combination Therapy for Melasma
Glycolic peels combined with doctor prescribed cream (modified Kligman formula) can be very helpful for the treatment of melasma.