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What are peels?

WHAT ARE PEELS?

Do peels make your skin actually peel? Typically during a chemical peel nothing actually “peels” off. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, and works by dissolving the upper layers of the skin. As the tissue is dissolved, a wound is created on the skin, which stimulates the body’s healing response, causing new tissue to emerge. The depth and strength of the ‘peel’ varies based upon the strength of the chemicals used and the length of time the solution is applied.

What are the different types of peels? There are a variety of different types of chemical skin peels, as there are a variety of chemicals used, each with their own properties.

Glycolic acid: Formulated from sugar cane, this acid creates a mild exfoliating action. Glycolic acid peels work by loosening up and exfoliating the superficial top layer. This peel also stimulates collagen growth. High strength peels are good in terms of efficacy but they irritate more.

Lactic acid: This acid is derived from either sour milk or bilberries. This peel will remove dead skin cells, and promote healthier skin.

Malic acid: This peel is the same type of mildly invasive peel derived from the extracts of apples. It can open up the pores, allow the pores to expel their sebum and reduce acne.

Tartaric acid: This is derived from grape extract and is capable of delivering the same benefits as the  above peels.

Citric acid: Usually derived from lemons, oranges, limes and pineapples. These peels are simple and effective, although not incredibly invasive or capable of significant improvement with one treatment.

What results would I see from a peel? With a chemical peel you get some tightening of the skin, improvements of pre-cancerous and brown spots, and a general resurfacing of the skin.

Others benefits include:

Fine Lines – smoothes and softens lines and wrinkles. This includes laughter lines, crow’s feet, brow lines, and crepey skin.

Acne Scar – a proven acne scar treatment that reduces and fades reddened acne scars, dark acne scars, and blemishes.

Sun Damage – reverses & removes photo-aged and sun-damaged outer skin layers.

Age Spots – lightens and removes dark spots, and blotches from your skin.

Blackheads – opens blocked pores eliminating blackheads & whiteheads, and smoothes rough skin.

Uneven Skin Tone – lightens and brightens your skin revealing a more even colored skin tone.

Large Pores – reduces the size, look, and appearance of large pores.

Hyper-pigmentation – reduces and improves the look of darkened skin patches and blemishes.