Types of Chemical Peels: Which Chemical Peels Are the Best?
July 21st, 2019
We specialise in skin revision and skin rejuvenation treatment and chemical peels are an excellent way to achieve fast and beautiful results. Not all AHAs are the same and we carefully the right peel for your skin type and skin conditions that need to be improved. There are a number of different chemical peels we use and select for different skin types and conditions.
All of our facial treatments include an enzyme peel. Enzyme peels are excellent for gently removing dead cell build up and are suited even on delicate skins. There are different type of enzyme peels made from natural extracts such as pineapple which can have a brightening effect, biotech yeast which is gentle, hydrating and soothing, or the gypsophila plant (baby’s-breath) which is excellent for oil congested skin.
Glycolic peel is an alpha hydroxyl acid, usually made from sugar cane, and is excellent for improving most skin conditions including open pores, thickened skin, sun damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, superficial clogging and scarring.
Lactic peel is aslo and alpha hydroxyl acid and usually derived from berries and fruit (some are derived from milk). Lactic acid peels are excellent for dehydrated skin, dry skin, aging, lines, wrinkles and superficial pigmentation because it has a bright thing action. Lactic acid stimulates ceramide production in the skin which helps improve skin hydration.
Salicylic peel is a beta hydroxyl acid derived from willow bark, and is best used on oily, congested and acne prone skin. Salicylic acid has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action so it’s great for treating pimples, inflammation and acne. It is a a deeper peel than the alpha hydroxy acid peels so it’s also great for deep pigmentation problems such as melasma, and brown age spots.
How often should you get a chemical peel?
Peels should only be done on the skin on a fortnightly basis. This allows the skin plenty of time to recover heal and rejuvenate before the next peel is done. If you do peels more frequently this will trigger inflammation and flaking in the skin which will disrupt the barrier and weaken the skin. Red, inflamed, flaky skin is not a healthy skin so this has to be very well managed with post skincare and ensuring the peels are done on a fortnightly basis or even every three weeks for more delicate skins. A course of peels will always yield the best results if you’re looking for long-term results.
What do you do after a chemical peel?
Everybody is different and every skin responds differently to appeals. After you had a chemical peel it’s very important to follow the instructions of your skin therapist. We will advise you on what skin care products you should be using and how you should care for your skin. There are a few general guidelines for all skin types and conditions:
Be gentle and kind with your skin, Don’t use any harsh scrubs or strong skin care ingredients on your skin following a peel for at least 2 to 3 days. Don’t use retinol or anything with AHAs in your skincare products on your skin for two to three days after a peel.
Drink plenty of water and keep your skin hydrated with a good moisturiser. If you’ve had a stronger peels we recommend you use post-peel serum to reduce inflammation, irritation, calm, repair and rehydrate the skin. We recommend the Sothys Regenerative Solution for all skin types or the Sothys Repair Balm for dryer or ageing skin with wrinkles.