Various products are available but there are no one-size-fits-all when it comes to pigmentation peels. The skin type, underlying cause, and severity all play a role in determining the correct treatment.
As a pigment peel does just that – peels away the layers that contain additional melanin, the new skin cells that grow in their place balance out the melanin, resulting in a better appearance.
Melanin is removed with existing skin cells but the body constantly produces this substance. Chemical peels remove cells that have an oversupply of melanin (which causes the pigmentation), and as the new skin cells grow, the melanin is spread more evenly across the skin area.
Skin peels are very efficient in improving the texture and appearance of skin. They can be used for numerous skin complaints – from hyperpigmentation to acne, hydration, and many more skin problems, on most parts of the body.
Opinions differ vastly on the cost of a deep chemical peel. Some people are ecstatic with results while others feel a little let down – mainly because the process is not instantaneous, and occasionally because expectations were too high. It is important to discuss clear goals with your therapist before using this treatment.
In the case of dark marks, chemical peels are more efficient than microdermabrasion. Both processes remove the epidermis – allowing new cell growth, but the microdermabrasion process is limited to this outer layer. Chemical peels go to work into the inner dermis.
The most effective chemical peels in treating melasma contain salicylic acid.
Yes – chemical peels are approved for use on many areas of the body, including the back and neck areas.
A chemical peel is ideal for this part of the body.
Exfoliation is good for sloughing off dirt and grime that tends to build up over time and for removing dead skin cells, giving a fresher rejuvenated appearance. We suggest that this be done once a month and that more intensive treatments – such as chemical peels, are scheduled into your beauty calendar two or three times a year.
Exposure to the sun is to be avoided and sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more should be applied regularly.
The skin will be red and there will be a stinging sensation that is associated with skin irritation. Skin is more sensitive to the sun in the earl days after a peel and will peel as a normal part of the healing process. Serious side effects – which are more often encountered in darker skin, are possible inflammation, fungal or bacterial infection, and skin redness that lasts more than a week. Please speak to us if you have any concerns.