A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve skin texture and tone. An acid is applied to skin to lower the pH, which loosens the connections between dead skin cells, inducing exfoliation and stimulating new cell growth. This process causes superficial layers of dead skin to peel off, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion. Chemical peels can also thicken the epidermis, increase dermal volume and stimulate collagen.
When peels are performed regularly, the skin gets used to this process and begins to rejuvenate itself like younger skin. To be sure that the body doesn’t react to this deep exfoliation as it would to trauma, which can lead to pigment changes, exfoliation must be introduced gradually giving the skin time to adjust.
Which AlumierMD Peels are Available at Dermatologie?
Clear 20 Peel
Clear 20 Peel is a 20% salicylic acid resurfacing peel that both reduces signs of acne and fights discolouration. Salicylic acid is renowned for being able to penetrate deeply into pores, thoroughly exfoliating dead skin cells and effectively controlling acne. Includes post peel home care kit (SensiCalm Cleanser, Intensive Recovery Balm, and Sheer Hydration SPF 40 Sunscreen).
Radiant 20/10 Peel
Radiant 20/10 Peel is a combination alpha hydroxy acid resurfacing peel that incorporates 20% lactic acid and 10% glycolic acid to exfoliate dead cells while encouraging your skin’s natural turnover, making it look and feel firmer, stronger, and smoother. Includes post peel home care kit (SensiCalm Cleanser, Intensive Recovery Balm, and Sheer Hydration SPF 40 Sunscreen).
A multipurpose resurfacing treatment that combines the powers of salicylic acid (7%), lactic acid (7%), resorcinol (7%), soy amino acids, and yeast-derived oligopeptide to improve the signs of aging and hyperpigmentation with less downtime. Includes post peel home care kit (SensiCalm Cleanser, Intensive Recovery Balm, and Sheer Hydration SPF 40 Sunscreen).
Power Glow Peel
The most powerful and aggressive peel we have available at our clinic. It contains the same ingredients as the Glow Peel, but at more potent quantities – 14% salicylic acid, 14% lactic acid, and 14% resorcinol. The Power Peel is able to tackle a range of skin concerns including fine lines, large pores, problems with texture and pigmentation, and sun damage.
How can chemical peels benefit the skin?
Peel treatments improve skin texture and firmness, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. Peels also even out skin tone, improve acne-prone skin and reduce pore size appearance.
We offer light to medium-depth peels known for their excellent results and safety profile. We believe in repeated treatments for progressive and gradual results, and to avoid the side effects and downtime associated with deeper peels. Chemical peels should be performed by a trained skin care professional in a clinical setting so that they are delivered safely and effectively.
A medical aesthetician will complete a thorough skin analysis and recommend an individualized treatment program to address your skin concerns. They will create a personalized program that combines professional treatments with home care products since they work synergistically to improve the health and beauty of skin. Pre-treatment products precondition the skin, accelerate results and minimize complications. Post-treatment products minimize complications, heal and soothe the skin and then maintain the results. Professional treatments enhance the results of your home care products.
What are common peeling agents?
Some common peeling ingredients include alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and retinol. Alpha hydroxy acids include glycolic acid (from sugar cane), lactic acid (from milk), citric acid (from oranges and lemons), malic acid (from apples and pears), tartaric acid (from grapes) and mandelic acid (from bitter almonds). Salicylic acid is the only beta hydroxy acid. The strength of a chemical peel is determined by the type of ingredients used, their concentrations and the pH of the formulation.
Not all peels are created equally, and one peel type doesn’t suit all. Certain ingredients may be more effective for treating acne, while others may be more successful in treating hyperpigmentation or the signs of aging.
What is the difference between an AHA and a BHA peel?
AHA peels work by reducing sulfate and phosphate groups from the surface of corneocytes to decrease corneocyte cohesion leading to exfoliation of epidermal cells.
BHA peels are lipid soluble allowing deeper penetration into the follicle. As well, BHAs have anti-inflammatory properties and are able to neutralize bacteria. These properties make BHAs ideal for acne. BHAs work as both keratolytic and comedolytic agents by causing cells of the epidermis and in the follicle to shed, clearing the pores and allowing room for new cell growth.
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