What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a skin treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin, using a chemical solution which causes the dead, superficial skin cells to slough off and eventually peel off.
The regenerated skin is usually smoother, lighter and less wrinkled than the old skin. Thus the term chemical peel is derived.
What types of chemical peel exist?
The types of chemical peels differ based on how deeply the chemical penetrates and what type of chemical solution is used.
The peels in the Toskani Cosmetics range are superficial peels, also called ‘refreshing’ or ‘lunchtime’ peels.
How does the process work?
In a chemical peel, a chemical acid solution is applied to the skin surface and left there for a short time so that the skin can absorb it. After this time, another chemical solution is applied to neutralize the traces of the acid and raise the pH of the skin to the physiological level to stop the chemical process. Over the next 1 to 14 days, depending on how deeply the chemical has penetrated, the skin peels off. This procedure destroys parts of the skin cell connections in a controlled way so that renewed skin can grow in its place.
What happens during a chemical peel?
Before having a chemical peel, some patients need to follow a pre-peel skin care plan for 2 to 4 weeks. This plan can improve the results and reduce potential side effects. Your dermatologist will tell you whether this is necessary.
What happens during healing time?
The skin will be red and sensitive. After the redness disappears, scaling may develop during 3 to 7 days. Healing time will last from 1 to 7 days, depending on the skin type, skin base line and the peel process used by the dermatologist.
How long does the peel procedure take?
Superficial peel procedures do not take more than 30 minutes, this is the reason why they are called ‘lunch time peels’.
What can a chemical peel help to improve?
- Acne or acne scars
- Signs of aging and photo aging spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
- Changes in pore size
What can we expect?
- Reduction of fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treatment of wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
- Improved appearance of mild scars
- Treatment of certain types of acne
- Reduction of age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
- Improved aspect and feel of skin
- Sun damaged areas may improve after chemical peeling
How often can I repeat a peel session?
Usually superficial peels may be repeated every 2 to 5 weeks
A follow-up visit is not necessary, however 3 to 5 peels may be needed to achieve the desired results.