Facial peels improve skin texture for the softer and smoother complexion of younger, healthier looking skin.
Skin can become clogged with dead skin cells, making it look dull and lifeless. Facial peels are a deep form of exfoliation to remove the dead skin and improve skin tone and texture.
Glycolic acid has the ability to penetrate deep beneath the surface of the skin. It stimulates cell regeneration in the skin by increasing the production of collagen. Glycolic acid’s fast acting results can be witnessed through the rapid shedding of the skin’s exterior to reveal fresh new glowy skin underneath. Abrasive exfoliating methods can be effectively replaced by glycolic acid peels as it removes dead skin cells with ease.
While the benefits of glycolic acid peels are numerous, it is important to let your skin get accustomed to using glycolic peels regularly. There are different levels of strengths to glycolic acid peels: and all glycolic peel solutions range from20% to 70% concentrations. If you are new to glycolic peels, start with a lower concentration and work up.
People with sensitive skin should do a spot test on a patch of skin before using it on their face. For people with acne problems, salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid) can also be used alongside glycolic acid to keep oil production under control. Let’s briefly examine how to use glycolic acid peels.
Glycolic acid peels are best used regularly with a break of one or two weeks between sessions. Many people like to do a cycle of 8 to 10 peels before easing into a monthly or bi-weekly maintenance peel schedule. To begin doing a glycolic peel, your face must first be cleaned and washed thoroughly before each application.
You can see results after just one session of using glycolic facial peels and gradually, great improvements can be seen in your skin texture and appearance after multiple sessions. It’s a fantastic way to get rid of left-over acne blemishes, wrinkles, sun spots, fine lines and keep them away from your skin.
TCA stands for tri-chloroacetic acid and is one of the original skin rejuvenation peels. They are recommended for men and women of all ages wanting to improve moderate to severe sun damage and or signs of ageing.
Superficial TCA Peels are designed as mild to moderate peels. Their strength, and therefore peeling effects can be increased, by layering the applications. The peel depth is dependent on the patient’s skin type, skin condition and desired outcome, though you will see a noticeable improvement after each peel.
What can TCA treat?
• Improves photo ageing (premature ageing caused from the sun)
• Speeds up cell turn over
• Helps stimulate collagen production
• Blotchy pigmentation is reduced
• Freckles are reduced
• Fine lines are reduced
• Some types of acne scarring are reduced
Contra-indications (Reasons why TCA peels may not be suitable for you)
• Roaccutane use in the last 6 months
• Dermatitis or infection in the area to be treated
• Abnormal wound healing
How many sessions do I need?
We recommend a course of 2 to 4 peels, which is dependent on skin type, skin condition, peel strength and the desired outcome.
What does it feel like?
TCA 12% peels have a burning sensation when initially applied, which subsides in a couple of minutes as it neutralises. During this time the patient holds a device over their face, which blows out cool air, significantly helping to reduce the sting. Cold compresses are applied after completion to help cool the skin.
How does my skin look after the treatment?
• Mild to moderate redness and sensitivity (similar to a sunburn) lasting 12 to 48 hours
• Skin feels dry and tight with almost a plastic type appearance
• Some darkened areas of skin may occur (this is skin preparing to shed)
• Varying amounts of sheet peeling (like sunburn) will occur for approximately 3-7 days after your treatment. It is very important not to pick or peel the skin prematurely as this can lead to prolonged healing or even scarring
• Makeup is fine to use, though just keeping the skin moist often looks better and assists in faster peeling time
• After the skin has shed it is often slightly pink for 1-2 weeks, has a healthy glow, feels softer, smoother and is more even in colour
• It is important to protect the new skin from the sun by using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 30+ sunscreen daily