What is the concept of skin chemical peeling?
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure that uses a solution of various chemicals that are applied to the skin. A peel rejuvenates the complexion and restores glow and luster to the skin. They do this by gently removing a controlled amount of the skin’s outer layers, including the dead cells on the surface. This is considered as a controlled wound that promotes regeneration and repair of the skin layers. Therefore, when your skin peels or flakes after a treatment your skin is shedding dead or damaged surface cells and revealing new, healthy skin cells on the surface. This action is called cell turnover.
What are the types of chemical peels?
Scientifically, there are three main types of chemical peels, which include:
- Mild peels — Treats mostly mild skin problems, but also requires less recovery time. Results are usually less noticeable and dramatic, especially after just one treatment, but mild peels are usually appropriate for every skin color and pose little risk of hyperpigmentation.
- Medium-depth peels — Helps to remove facial lines, scars and birthmarks, but can cause side effects and take longer to heal from. Most people will see at least some results after one treatment, but multiple treatments are usually needed for full effects.
- Deep peels — Can be used to remove deep scars, deep wrinkles, and stubborn age spots. A deep chemical peel usually provides results with only one peel, however it can cause more side effects and be more costly.
What are the ingredients of chemical peels?
Many different chemical formulas are used in various skin peels. Some common chemical peel ingredients include:
- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
- Lactic acid
- Kojic acid
- Azelaic Acid
- Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)
- Beta hydroxyl acid (BHA)
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
- Salicylic acid
- Resorcinol exfoliant
What are the benefits of chemical peeling?
- Helps exfoliate skin & makes it smoother (rejuvenation and glowing)
- Minimizes sun damage and hyperpigmentation (treatment of melasma)
- Reduces acne, acne marks, pores, and blemishes
- Softens fine lines (anti-ageing)
What types of peelings are available at Dr. Faiza Al Ali Medical Center?
We offer a range of different peels. The depth and therefore the effect of a peel is determined by the product and procedure used. Our range of peeling treatments includes:
- SensiPeel for (sensitive areas)
- Modified Jessner’s peel
- Red carpet peel (for glow and rejuvenation)
- Diamond peel (mechanical)
Is chemical peeling good for me?
Chemical peels are an important part of skin health. As an effective treatment option for most skin types and concerns, they improve tone, texture, fine lines and wrinkles, breakouts and dark spots, but many people are intimidated to go in for their first peel treatment. The fear of leaving with a bright red face that hurts prevents some from experiencing the many benefits of a peel. The post-peel reality is a glowing, healthy complexion. Get a consultation to know the benefits of peel to your particular skin type.
Am I going to really “peel” sheets of skin?
You won’t necessarily experience visible peeling. That doesn’t mean your treatment was ineffective. Everyone experiences different levels of peeling, dependent upon skin type, resilience, type of peel and the number of layers applied. Some people experience ‘sheeting,’ when large portions of the skin peel off at once. Some experience ‘flaking,’ when small pieces of skin peel off, similar to dry, winter skin or mild peeling after a sunburn. Others experience exfoliation that is not visible. If you don’t peel, your skin is still exfoliating. In this case, the exfoliation is happening on a cellular level that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Typically, the deeper the peel you receive, the more extensive peeling you will experience.
Is there any downtime?
Peels are easy to work into a busy lifestyle. There is no downtime with the new and advanced types of chemical peels. You’ll leave your appointment with a healthy glow and able to carry on with your regular activities. There are steps to ensure that your results are maximized. Following a post-procedure regimen recommended by your therapist will enhance your results and keep peeling and redness to a minimum. You should also avoid anything that causes sweating for 48 hours after treatment. Your doctor will give you more detailed instructions after your procedure, catered to your skin’s needs.
How often can you have a peel repeated?
Mild peels can be repeated about every four weeks. As for medium or deep peels, you only need to repeat them once or twice every year.
Depends on type of peel and the area treated. Mild peels starts from AED 450, packages of sessions are priced individually. Deep peels starts from AED 2800 and you will need only one session.