Your Treatment Guide To Chemical Peels

By Florence Goulbourne

Chemical peels aren’t new to the aesthetics world and have in fact been a prominent procedure in the industry for a prolonged period – even since the 19th century when abrading the skin and/or introducing an abrasive topical agent was frequent practice. Despite this, chemical peels have evolved considerably since their early days and the industry has since developed – introducing refined techniques and gentler ingredients. However, the concept of chemical peels has always remained the same – to resurface and rejuvenate the skin.  

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Medical-grade chemical peels, such as SKINPROJECT, are formulated and developed with tailored ingredients to deeply exfoliate the skin and stimulate new cell growth. Moreover, these chemical peels can also be customised specifically to each patient’s skin and their individual needs and goals. Working to transform dull and lacklustre skin, chemical peels are also controlled chemical burns which is why it’s important to visit a qualified aesthetics professional when opting for this treatment. By triggering a controlled injury such as a minor chemical burn, this helps to prompt the skin for new cell growth for a gorgeous glow. 

Essentially, chemical peels work to induce a controlled injury to the surface of the skin to remove the top layer, or layers, of the dermis to help promote a smoother and softer appearance whilst producing more collagen. This is because the top layer of the skin consists of tightly packed non-living cells, and chemical peels will gently loosen some of these extra cells to help restore the skin for a glowing and revitalised appearance. Once this process has finished, the skin’s natural healing process generates a new, rejuvenated layer of skin – thus reducing acne scarring, fine lines, and other perceived imperfections.  

Types of Chemical Peels

There are various types of chemical peels formulated to achieve an array of skin goals and objectives and each chemical solution will provide the patient with a different result. These specialised chemical peels each work to penetrate through to a different skin depth which is what separates them from each other. 

The terms ‘superficial’, ‘medium’, and ‘deep’ are the most common ways of describing the different types of chemical peel treatments and the names are relatively self-explanatory. For example, these names describe how deeply the peels penetrate the skin and the deeper the peel, the more intensive the benefits. However, this does come with longer downtimes and recovery periods. 

Superficial Chemical Peel Treatment

Superficial chemical peels are the mildest type of chemical peel treatment. They remove the outermost layer of the skin and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots and even out skin texture. You may experience peeling 2-4 days after your treatment but downtime is minimal. A fantastic example of a superficial chemical peel product is SKINPROJECT NANOPEEL JESSNER. This rejuvenating treatment is ideal for superficial peeling and use on “first-time” clients as it covers a wide variety of skin conditions and concerns.

Medium Chemical Peel Treatment

Medium chemical peels penetrate a deeper layer of the skin in comparison to superficial peels and are more aggressive on the skin. Medium depth peels work to remove skin cells not only superficially, but also from portions of the upper part of your mid-dermis. This choice of peel may be best if you have uneven or moderate skin discolouration, age spots, acne scarring, and/or fine-to-moderate wrinkles. The SKINPROJECT NANOPEEL EYE treatment for example has a specialised exfoliating effect that causes increased skin flaking and cell replacement to help treat fine wrinkles, scars, sun or age spots, and hyperpigmentation. 

Generally, with a medium chemical peel, 1-2 weeks of downtime is normal. Patients should be aware that pain, redness, swelling, crusting, and flaking may persist for 3 to 10 days following the treatment. However, the results of a medium-depth chemical peel will develop after 10 to 14 days as skin sheds and begins to heal but for certain skin objectives and goals, two or more peels may be needed to accomplish the desired results. 

Deep Chemical Peel Treatment

Finally, deep chemical peels are the most aggressive of the range and can offer an effective solution to some of the more challenging skin conditions and concerns including acne scarring, melasma, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines, and various other chronic skin problems.

Unlike the other chemical peel options, a deep chemical peel will generally involve a type of pre-treatment for up to eight weeks and will penetrate down to the lower middle layer of your skin. The pre-treatment will prepare your skin for the peel and speed the healing process which is typically longer in comparison to superficial and medium chemical peels.

Deep peels have at least two weeks of acute downtime following the treatment and occlusive dressings and diligent skin care will have to be considered for the first few post-procedure days. The results of a deep chemical peel will develop after a lengthy several months of recovery as skin sheds and heals. Dramatic and enduring results after one treatment can last years which makes deep peels one of the most effective. 

Speaking to a trained professional will help you to decide which peel is best for your desired skin objectives and goals.  

Who Can Benefit from a Chemical Peel?

As far as chemical peels go, many skin types can benefit. The trick is all in the depth chosen as explained and the active ingredients used. Plus, depending on the depth of peel chosen, how often you choose to have chemical peels is completely dependent on the depth of your treatment. For example, whilst medium and deep peels are generally a one-off session, superficial peels may need a course of treatments to see full results.

Your practitioner will also explain the best aftercare instructions for chemical peels to help maximise the results. Essentially, these skin treatments are an amazing solution for maintaining skin health and helping revive dreary-looking skin and also one of the most effective facial treatments available within the aesthetics industry. They can be used to treat an array of issues and are available for any skin type.

Discover SKINPROJECT Chemical peels at Fox Pharma

At Fox Pharma, we pride ourselves on supplying the latest in innovative aesthetic products. For the most effective and cutting-edge treatments for your clients, be sure to discover our exclusive new line of chemical peels, SKINPROJECT. The New Wave of Chemical Peels includes three variants, all highly effective in deeply exfoliating the skin to rebuild and protect the skin barrier, resulting in an impressive, rejuvenated appearance. 
Find out more about SKINPROJECT today. If you would like to secure this game-changing product range for your clinic, register with Fox Pharma today to get started. For further product information and guidance, contact us today.

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