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A Beginner’s Guide to Skin Peel Treatments

A Beginners Guide to Skin Peel Treatments

Whether you’re suffering from frequent breakouts, tired-looking and sallow skin, or just fancy a facial pick-me-up, skin peel treatments could be the solution you’re looking for. Many people are familiar with the term “chemical peel” but are unsure of what it actually involves.

If you’re considering getting a skin peel treatment, it’s important that you make an informed decision about whether to go ahead. This beginner’s guide provides a simple introduction to chemical peels, what they can be used for, and the various types of peels available.

What is a chemical peel?

Put simply, skin peel treatments are a method of exfoliating and resurfacing the skin. This is done using acidic substances – hence the name “chemical peel” – that break up the top layer of skin, causing it to peel or flake off over the course of several days.

Unlike physical exfoliation, which is often done using a scrub, brush or glove, chemical peels provide greater exfoliation but without causing trauma to the skin. Professionally administered skin peel treatments can be customised to meet the specific needs of the client, meaning your skin needn’t be exposed to unnecessarily high concentrations of chemicals.

What can they treat?

They are versatile and can be used to treat:

  • Acne
  • Sun damage
  • Superficial scarring
  • Age spots and fine wrinkles
  • Textural issues
  • Pigmentation issues

The different types of chemical peel

As mentioned above, chemical peel treatments are customisable. It’s liekely that different clients will have a different experience depending on the strength of the acid and the depth of the peel required.

Here are the main types available at skin peel clinics:

Superficial or light peels

A light peel is the most commonly performed of the three peel types listed here. As the mildest option, light peels are typically beneficial for minimising very fine lines, reducing skin dryness, treating mild texture and discolouration issues, and treating acne.

Acids used for light peels include Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), or a combination of AHAs and BHAs plus resorcinol (known as a Jessner’s Peel).

Medium peels

Medium peels are often only performed every couple of years and use trichloroacetic acid to penetrate the skin deeeper than a light peel is able to. This deeper penetration means it can treat larger wrinkles, advanced discolouration or damage, acne scars, and certain skin lesions. Do bear in mind that, due to the stronger acids being used, your face may temporarily look a little sunburnt following the treatment.

Deep peels

Deep chemical peels are rarely used anymore since laser treatments have evolved further. These typically use phenol, which is a very powerful chemical that can provide dramatic facial rejuvenation with long-lasting results. However, you should be aware that the process can be very painful.

At The Country Clinic, we go above and beyond to ensure that all of our aesthetic treatments are safe and appropriate for every single client. No matter what your skin concerns are or which of our treatments you’ve chosen, we will always take the time to find the best solution for you. If you’d like to book a consultation or learn more about our treatments, get in touch today.

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