What if a facial peel meant saying goodbye to scars and a dull complexion?
Do you know exactly what a facial peel is? More importantly, are you aware of the notable improvements it can make in the appearance of your skin?
In general terms, a facial peel is a form of exfoliation aimed first and foremost at restoring radiance to the skin. Since celebrities have been using peels for years to make sure they shine on the red carpet, we tend to think of them solely as a means of countering the effects of aging. However, because peels are affordable, fast-acting and increasingly targeted, they can be used to treat a wide range of skin problems, including dull complexion, acne scars, large pores, blackheads and brown spots. Whatever your concern may be, a facial peel could be just what you need.
To each face its skincare; to each skin its peel!
Acne scars and dull complexion: which kind of peel for which kind of problem?
Pollution, sun damage, stress or aging: the causes may vary, but the results are the same. With time and external trauma, pores become enlarged, wrinkles develop and the skin loosens and loses its youthful, radiant glow.
A facial peel—also called a chemical peel—quite literally creates new skin. More effective than simple exfoliation, it eliminates dead cells from the superficial layers of the skin. There are also different facial peel techniques to treat different types of problems.
Although your local pharmacy stocks products you can use to give yourself a facial peel in the comfort of your own home, it’s always advisable to consult a specialist. An expert can perform a precise analysis of your skin to determine the most suitable treatment in order to guarantee rapid, long-lasting results.
There are currently three general types of peels: superficial, medium and deep.
A superficial peel, or glycolic peel, is particularly recommended for young skin that bears the marks left behind by adolescence or that is still prone to pimples. This type of light peel targets acne scars, spots and even the first signs of wrinkles. Glycolic acid—usually obtained from beets, grapes or sugarcane—effectively penetrates the top layer of the skin, providing gentle exfoliating action. Dead cells and other impurities are eliminated, resulting in a healthier texture and smoother appearance.
This treatment only exfoliates the superficial layer of the skin, evening out the skin tone, diminishing minor wrinkles and eliminating some of the bacteria responsible for acne. Suitable for all types of skin, this is undoubtedly the ideal treatment for young adults getting ready to face the world.
Depending on the product that’s used, a medium peel is most suitable for more mature skin already showing signs of damage, wrinkles and spots or for oily, acne-prone skin with very apparent blemishes. As the name implies, it involves the middle layers of the skin. So naturally, it’s a more abrasive treatment.
A medium peel using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is recommended for fair skin. It tightens large pores, reduces hyperpigmentation and treats other signs of aging, as well as acne scars. Meanwhile, a medium depigmentation peel is more oriented toward unifying the skin tone and hydrating the skin. The latter type of medium peel focuses on problem skin by regulating the production of sebum and eliminating the bacteria that cause pimples.
Finally, a deep peel, whose active ingredient is phenol, is more geared toward repairing the skin. It is performed on a small area of the face, penetrating the deepest layers of the dermis. It’s used in the case of severe signs of aging, widespread loss of texture, redness and pronounced acne scars. As this treatment literally burns the skin with acid, it absolutely must be performed under strict medical supervision.
What to expect during a facial peel?
A superficial peel can easily be done at home. However, as mentioned above, you can still seek the advice of your pharmacist or a professional to help you choose the most appropriate product for your needs.
Medium and deep peels are performed exclusively in cosmetic clinics and are always preceded by an analysis of the skin in order to evaluate various criteria, including the hydration of the skin, the quantity and depth of the wrinkles, the extent of the oily patches, the number of large pores and blackheads, and the degree of pigmentation, all in the interests of avoiding complications such as herpes, pain, flushing, irritation and hyperpigmentation. This evaluation process assures you of a treatment that’s personalized and safe.
A superficial peel at the clinic begins with the application of a priming cream to soften and protect the skin. After approximately two weeks, you can visit the office of your cosmetic physician, who will perform a cleaning treatment before applying the peeling solution. You will generally need between four and six 30-minute sessions scheduled about 15 days apart. The results are visible right away, side-effects are minimal, and you can resume your normal routine immediately!
A medium peel also requires a priming cream. Because it’s more concentrated, slight pigmentation of the skin, as well as some flaking, may be observed after the solution is applied. The treatment, which is also performed in 30-minute sessions, can be renewed several times a year, if needed.
A deep peel is comparable to surgery. It’s performed under local or general anesthesia with a preparatory phase, which always involves creams. In order to guarantee the effects of the solution, you must return home wearing a mask, which will prolong the action of the treatment. The following day, the mask will be removed and replaced with a dressing, which you will leave in place for six days. Because the treatment is so intense, only one session is necessary. However, your skin may remain red for several weeks.
Conditions for an effective peel
Regardless of the type of peel that’s recommended, certain guidelines must be observed in order to promote optimum results. These include the use of suitable makeup and an SPF 50 sunscreen, as well as reduced physical activity. The fall and winter months are the best time of year to have a facial peel, as the skin should be as close as possible to its natural color. If you follow these simple rules, you will soon be able to say goodbye to your dull complexion and acne scars!
Although peels are a very popular cosmetic procedure that can be beneficial for many people, regardless of their age, the fact remains that you must take certain precautions. For reliable information and friendly guidance, you can count on the professionals at Clinique Jean Gilbert. Whether acne scars, wrinkles or a dull complexion, we don’t take any problem lightly. After all, it’s your well-being that’s at stake.