Skin peels are designed to deal with signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes and sun spots. These peels remove the outer layer of the skin and reveal the younger, more youthful skin beneath. There are many different types of skin peels, and each one uses chemicals to gently slough away the top surface layer of skin and reveal younger, smoother skin in order improve its elasticity and appearance.
Depths of Skin Peels
Skin peels can not only help with delaying the signs of ageing or even help to reverse them: they can also help to deal with problems such as acne-prone skin and sun-damaged skin. Chemical peels can also be mild, moderate or deep, which increase in terms of their intensity. The mild peels are good for issues such as fine lines or mild acne and act as a strong exfoliator, while moderate-depth peels are ideal for deeper wrinkles and problem skin. Deep peels are best reserved for skin with serious issues such as severe acne.
The effect of the skin peel will depend on the exact treatment outlined by your doctor. The peel should remove the surface cells of the skin, and the chemicals can penetrate the top and even the middle layer of the epidermis. They act as a strong exfoliation treatment and can resurface the skin, leaving much softer and smoother skin in its place.
Acne and Problem Skin
Salicylic acid peels can be excellent for treating acne, as they are antibacterial and target blemishes by destroying bacteria. The peel will help release trapped sebum in the skin, and the penetration of the peel will prevent breakouts and reduce inflammation.
You can opt for a resurfacer treatment for mild acne or a deep peel for heavy acne, which will cleanse, exfoliate and de-congest the pores and small hair follicles. A peel called the Jessner peel can also be ideal for acne-infected skin, and this can reduce or remove acne scarring, stop breakouts and give a smoother appearance.
Ageing Skin and Wrinkles
Sun exposure and lifestyle choices can result in prematurely ageing skin, while collagen will also decrease naturally as we age. The fine lines in our 30s will deepen in our 40s and beyond. Skin can appear dry, uneven in tone and with enlarged pores and thinner or sallow in appearance. There are many chemical peels that can brighten skin and enhance its youthfulness. For example, a peptide skin peel can use a special acid to tighten skin, exfoliate and smooth it and even and brighten the skin tone. Deeper peels can lighten pigmentation, soften wrinkles and replace firmness.
Many people like the idea of a skin peel simply as a treatment to restore freshness to the skin and face, without a specific goal in mind. Skin peels are beneficial as preventative treatments and maintenance to keep your skin in great shape, as they encourage skin cell turnover to repair sun damage, remove dead skin cells and restore brightness. They can also soften any fine lines, scars or blemishes.
When we think of chemical peels, we often think of the facial area. However, we can also use peel treatments on the body, including the hands, arms, chest, back and legs.