A Peel for Every Need
There are three major types of peels: superficial, medium and deep, with different outcomes and healing times.
- SUPERFICIAL PEELS:
These peels are the gentlest and lightest available today. They only remove the top layer of the skin and give you instant glow as well as a smoother and more even texture. They are made from alpha hydroxyacids (AHAs) or beta hydroxyacids (BHAs) that include glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid etc. Nowadays, it is also common to use fruit enzymes and acids from natural sources such as pumpkins, cranberries and pineapples.
Superficial peels can be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation, and acne. To achieve the best results it is recommended to follow a course of multiple treatments.
These peels are ideal for people who want the benefits of a facial peel but do not wish to spend the time required to recover from a deeper peel. The skin heals quickly after and you can use makeup to hide any redness until it fades.
- MEDIUM PEELS:
Medium depth peels penetrate deeper into the skin and can be used to treat sun damage, pigmentation and wrinkles. They are usually derived from TCA (tricholoroacetic acid) and give more impressive results than superficial peels with a lesser number of treatments.
There is little or no pain after a medium peel but there may be some swelling, especially if the area around the eyes is treated. The skin will turn reddish brown in 2 – 3 days, become crusty and peel over the next few days revealing a new smoother skin beneath.
- DEEP PEELS :
Deep peels are the strongest type of chemical peels available on the market. They are made from phenol and are used to treat coarse facial wrinkles, blotches caused by aging or sun exposure, and pre-cancerous growth. While this type of peels produces the most impressive and longest-lasting results the procedure is longer than other peels, more painful and requires the most healing time. It is a one-time procedure and should strictly be applied by experienced physicians.
Nowadays, deep peels can be replaced by resurfacing laser treatments. Ask your practitioner for advice!
Disclaimer: the content posted on this page alone does not substitute medical diagnosis, advice or treatment. Seek an expert’s advice to determine if this treatment is safe, appropriate or effective for you.