Guest blogger Nurse Emma Di Falco: Choosing the Right Peel!


A chemical peel is a solution that is applied to the skin to help remove the layers of the skin. They can be administered by experienced medical professionals in up to 70% strength. Generally chemical peels are best suited for individuals with lighter skin colors, though superficial peels can be used in darker skin types.

It is important to discuss your expectations with your clinician. Your clinician will ask you if you are using any topical or oral medications that can adversely affect your peel. You may be instructed to start a topical skin care regiment prior to starting your peel for 2-4 weeks.

When you have a peel, you will have your skin thoroughly cleaned and prep. A solution will be placed onto your skin and left for a certain amount of time before being removed. You may experience tingling or burning. Medium depth peels may require special lotions or ice packs after being removed. After the treatment you can experience a reaction similar to a sunburn and depending on the peel, you may have varying degrees of peeling. With deeper peels, you will be given wound care instructions.

Superficial peels are the mildest chemical peels that can be used on all skin types and can be applied to the skin about once every two weeks. These acids chemically exfoliate the top layers of skin. This exfoliation signals the cells inside the skin to produce more rapidly, which can help to speed up skin turnover and prevent pores from becoming clogged. These peels can be particularly beneficial for treating uneven textured and acne prone skins. Medium to deeper depth peels are able to target more difficult problem like lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and scarring. These peels can be done once a month in a course of 3-6 peels or in the case of the Dermamalan range, a one off deep peel. Medium depth peels such as TCA cause a second degree burn to the skin. Deep peels are generally painful and need premedication with analgesics prior to administration.

When choosing to start on your anti-ageing journey, skin peels are a fantastic place to begin. Choosing the right peel can often be difficult and is best discussed with your clinician. Discussing expectations is an important part of the treatment process.
If it is exfoliation that you require for fresher brighter skin, superficial depth peels can be appropriate. Specific concerns with your skin such as acne, scarring and enlarged pores may require stronger depth peels. Salycilic acid peels can help treat those concerned with acne by assisting in clearing away congestion and open comodones. Pigmentation or age spots can be treated with peels that have a base of kojic acid to help lighten and brighten the skin. Revised jessners peels offer further reduction of dark patches. The Dermamalan peel is an excellent options for treating pigmentation caused by melasma.
Lines, wrinkles, and general anti-ageing peels can be treated with medium depth peels like a TCA peel.
Possible side effects of peels can vary from prolonged redness or erythema, temporary darkening of the skin, and scarring. It is essential to protect your skin from the sun after a peel and to follow post treatment instructions.
Remember to ask questions to help understand your plan before you embark on your treatment.
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