CHEMICAL PEELS

Chemical peels can improve the skin’s appearance in many ways. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin which may or may not frost and eventually peel off. (Depending on the skin condition and the acid applied) Don’t be scared of the word peel – not all chemical peels actually peel.

The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin as well as less congested.
Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
• Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
• Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
• Improve the appearance of mild scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
• Improve the look and feel of skin
Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling.

After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so a broad spectrum sunscreen is recommended every day, we recommend HELIOCARE 360, available to purchase on the day of your treatment as well as our online shop.

Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

A lactic acid lotion benefits a variety of skin complaints. It’s a great way to exfoliate, especially for dry and sensitive skin types. It can be used on the face to lighten hyperpigmentation and reduce age spots and acne scars. On the body, it can soften calluses, get rid of dry and bumpy skin, and even help reduce scars and stretch marks.

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid used in skin care as a chemical exfoliant. A lactic acid lotion benefits skin by dissolving dead skin that accumulates on the surface of functioning skin. These dead cells lead to dry, dull skin and can prevent your skin treatments from working properly because they can’t be absorbed. Removing this accumulation is one of the most important parts of a skin care regimen.

A strong lactic acid lotion may even have a mild peeling effect. Peeling removes damaged tissue to expose the skin below that is in better condition. It is a powerful technique to reduce wrinkles, age spots and other discoloration, and acne scars. The peeling effect most acids give is very mild and gradually removes skin damage. There is less risk of side effects, but it takes longer to see results.

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Glycolic acid is a common component of anti-aging products, such as lotions, because it can refresh skin on the face and tops of hands. It exfoliates the surface layer, making skin look smoother by promoting healthy cell growth to replace the dead skin cells [source: Janes]. Used together with hydroquinone, a bleaching agent, it might help minimize or erase the appearance of age spots, acne discoloration or other hyperpigmentation. The glycolic acid lotion slowly gets rid of dead surface cells, allowing the bleaching agent to penetrate so that new cells are nonpigmented.

Glycolic acid lotion may also be beneficial for skin that is prone to acne. First, the acid has drying properties, which can be useful in combating oily skin. Also, as the acid exfoliates, it can clear up blocked pores and prevent future breakouts by keeping pores from getting clogged again by dead skin cells. This pore-cleaning property may also help in treatment of a similar skin condition — folliculitis. Common in men, this acne-like disorder happens as a result of shaving nicks that can get infected with bacteria [source: Valeo]. By keeping pores open, glycolic acid may help prevent these conditions that result from dead skin cells not sloughing off naturally.

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Salicylic acid is used most commonly to help remove the outer layer of the skin.

• As with other hydroxy acids, salicylic acid is a key ingredient in many skin-care products for the treatment of seborrhoeic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, acanthosis nigricans, ichthyosis and warts. It is a type of keratolytic.

• It is used to break down a protein which forms part of the structure of the skin called keratin. In so doing, the skin is shed from the treated area. This process will remove the affected area leaving the healthy skin underneath.

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What are TCA peels? TCA is a non-toxic chemical (trichloracetic acid), which has been used to perform skin peels for over 20 years. It is a relative of vinegar (acetic acid.) When TCA is applied to the skin, it causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel off over a period of several days to one week

Tricholoracetic acid can be used for superficial peels or deeper peels depending on the concentration. The goal is to eliminate the surface layers known as the epidermis of dead skin, or go to the deeper layers, to the level known as the papillary dermis. At this level more care needs to be taken since the risk of scarring increases. The peel is used in spot treatments for acne scarring, or to the whole face for people with extensive sun damage. TCA comes in concentrations of 5% to 50% for use as a peel. The higher the concentration of the TCA, the deeper the peel, and the higher the risk of scarring. After the deeper level TCA peels, your skin will initially appear frosty white, and then it will turn a deep red before turning dark brown about three days later and then peeling off over then next few days. Within one week to ten days, new skin that is fresh and radiant will appear. You may want to take some time off work or make sure you don’t have any major social engagements for about one week to ten days after the peel since the process can look unsightly for that one week period. But ultimately, fine lines will be erased, age spots will be diminished, and collagen production will be stimulated. Your skin will look and act younger. – Dr Doris Day MD
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