What are skin Peels ?
Peeling (desquamation) is a natural process. Chemical peeling will accelerate the natural process of exfoliation induced by the use of a chemical agent such as AHA’s and BHA’s. Peels are really a matching game. You need to successfully match the depth of the peel with the depth of the problem you are trying to improve. There is no reason to do a dermal peel to correct an epidermal problem, and it is a waste of time to do an epidermal peel to try to correct a dermal problem. All the same, there are very few people who would not benefit from some type of skin peel.
What are the Safest and Most Effective Peels?
Glycolic and Lactic Acid work via a process of intense exfoliation. We know that cells have a infinite number of cellular divisions in our lifetime (programmed “ageing” regulated by telomere-length reduction after cell division); Superficial Peels in low concentration and with a buffered pH are the safest method of skin exfoliation. They do not destroy living tissue, do not increase cellular mitosis, but do stimulate the skin to produce essential compounds such as collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan’s necessary to produce vibrant healthy skin. Ph Buffered Lactic Acid has been shown to stimulate Hyaluronic Acid deposition in the dermis by 70- 95% more effectively than any other AHA. This is because Lactic Acid (natural to the body) is the “wound-healing” AHA that mimics how the skin would naturally “heal” itself via a Hyaluronic-Acid-and-Collagen response mechanism.
Why Peels Are More Popular Than Ever?
In the last 25 years or more of Cosmeceutical-strength skincare we have highlighted those “exclusive”, “groundbreaking” ingredients that have survived the test of time and the distance. In fact, there have only been three:
1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (as a compound)
2. Vitamin A
4. Vitamin C
Consumer demand for younger-looking skin and treatments that show visible results enforced the change. Importance of Home Care are only one step in the skincare program. It is important that they are tailored to each patient/client. You should discuss your expectations with your skincare practitioner in order to satisfactorily achieve desired results. Chemical peels account for approximately 30% of total skincare results. An effective home-care program (those 5-10 minutes twice a day) will always account for the other 70%.
– The type and number of products used for home care usually depends on severity of problem, speed of results, and the need for long-term maintenance.
– Product selection depends on skin type and condition, desired results, and time period in which those results are to be achieved.
– Home-care products can be used in addition to, rather than instead of, regular cosmetic products.
Posted by Mariza Nuttall