All treatments are indicated for all skin types unless otherwise specified.
Natural and chemical peels have been used for centuries. The ancient Egyptians utilized substances like animal oils and alabaster to rejuvenate their skins, as did the Romans and Greeks.
Peels range from very superficial (affordable, painless, non-medical, zero downtime, almost no risk, safe for all skin types and many are needed to see improvement) to VERY strong (more downtime, more expensive, entirely medical, pain reduction is required even sedation, higher risk, higher and quicker reward, one or two peels make a massive difference, indicated for only certain skins and skin conditions). Most people do peels that are somewhere in-between these two poles. We want a result but with limited risk and no serious financial implications. Herein lies the balance.
Furthermore, there are peels with specific characteristics. As an example, some peels are great for acne but not for pigmentation. Some offer more of an anti-aging benefit and less of an acne benefit. Some peels can be done by our medical therapist, and others have to be done by a medical doctor.
Why would you consider skin peels?
The uses of peels are vast, but here are the common benefits:
- Healthier skin, both visibly and on a cellular level.
- Less pigmentation (when used with right home care and sun protection).
- Smaller pores.
- Faster cellular turnover rate, making new skin more rapidly. As we age we produce skin at a slower rate leading to "dead" and "tired" looking skin.
- Skin glows due to the removal of dead cells.
- Collagen production is stimulated.
- Acne improves.
- Skin tightens up.
- Sun damage improves.
- Skin cancer can be treated with some peels.
- Age spots improve.
- Lines and wrinkles improve.
What can I expect?
Depending on the depth of the peel, one can expect the following from medical peels:
Superficial peels/lunchtime peels:
- Tingling during and sometimes after treatment.
- Slight drying out of the skin but one can return to work directly after treatment.
- Very mild flaking, if any, for 3-7 days.
- More radiant skin after 7 days.
Medium depth peels:
- Moderate discomfort during treatment.
- Flaking and possible peeling for 3-7 days.
- Sensitive skin to temperature changes.
- Social downtime but no pain after treatment.
- Great for sun damage, acne, blemishes.
- Only to be done by a medical doctor with experience in medium depth peels.
Deep depth peels:
- Quite uncomfortable. Numbing and possible sedation required.
- Heavy peeling for 3-14 days.
- Skin pink and very sensitive for a few days.
- Only to be done by a medical practitioner with experience in deep peels.
- Incredible for any severe skin issues. Severe sun damage, very aged skin, deep lines and wrinkles, scars.
There is “no one size fits all” when it comes to peels. The correct peel is to be chosen after a proper skin and lifestyle assessment has been done.