Medi-aesthetic face peels, sometimes also called chemexfoliation or derma-peeling, are techniques that are used to improve the skin texture and tone. But don’t let the term ‘peel’ freak you out!
Here are seven things you need to know about face peels…
How a face peel actually works
Medi-aesthetic face peels involve the application of a chemical solution to your skin in order to speed up the exfoliation process.
All face peels work by removing the outmost layer of the epidermis (skin) and accelerating your skin cell turnover. The treatment does not literally cause your skin to peel. It also is not a process where the peel is ‘peeled’ off your face to remove a layer of skin. The solution is massaged into the epidermis layer, penetrating the skin.
The strength of the peel determines the number of layers of skin peeled, the length of the downtime and inevitably, the final result.
Can your skin concern be treated with face peels
Medi-aesthetic face peels can assist with a wide range of skin concerns such as scarring, acne, age spots, melasma (pregnancy mask) and more.
Almost everyone can benefit from a professional medi-aesthetic peel, however, your skin type will determine which type of peel you need. This is best assessed by a trained dermal technician, which leads us to our next point…
Why professional is always best
At home skin peels are a big no-no! There is a lot of misconception surrounding acid peel solution strengths, and it is dangerous to use anything that claims to be an at-home face peel.
When at-home chemical peels go wrong the results can range from unbearable pain to an increase in pigmentation, or even permanently scarred skin. Best to leave medi-aesthetic face peels to trained technicians.
How to prepare for your treatment
To ensure your skin is strong enough to tolerate the treatment, you may be required to prepare using active skin care products. Your pre-peel preparation may include a combination of retinol, vitamin C, a tyrosine inhibitor and AHA/BHA ingredients. These ingredients can be found in our Balense skincare range.
Three days prior to your appointment, you will need to stop the use of any cosmeceutical retinols. Topical prescription retinol will need to be ceased at least two weeks in advance.
When to get a face peel
It is important to avoid exposure to the sun because the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to complications. This makes winter the ideal season to start your series of medi-aesthetic peels as it is easier to avoid the sun during the cooler months.
Swear by your sunscreen
No matter what time of year you choose to start treatment, you’ll need to swear by your sunscreen. It is important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. We recommend Balense UV Defiance SPF50+ for the ultimate protection.
How to look after your skin post-peel
After your face peel, ensure you adhere strictly to your dermal technician’s post-care recommendations and avoid heavy makeup and ingredients that can irritate your skin, such as retinol.
If you must apply makeup, use a mineral powder that won’t clog your pores, and make sure your makeup applicators are clean and bacteria-free.
Then all that is left to do is bask in the glow of your smoother, brighter-looking skin!
Discover if a skin peel is right for you by booking a complimentary skin consultation at your local The Cosmetic Clinic today! Plus, visit our Promotions page for the amazing deals we have on medi-aesthetic peels this month!