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Chemical Peels

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Chemical Peels

improving the texture of your skin

Chemical Peels use a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It helps improve facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids such as Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid are the mildest of the peel formulas and perform light to medium peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover from a deep peel.

AHA peels may be used to treat wrinkling, dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Various concentrations of an AHA may be applied weekly or at larger intervals to obtain the best results.

Beta Hydroxy Acids such as Salicylic Acid are also effective, particularly for acne prone skin. BHA’s are lipid (oil) soluble. This means that Salicylic Acid is able to penetrate into the pore that contains sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are blocking the pore.

Using AHA’s and BHA’s in combination achieves a full spectrum exfoliation or peel that can more effectively treat most skin types and problems.

What Is Chemical Peeling?

Chemical peeling is a process where medical grade solutions of mild AHA, BHA, Vitamin A or Jessner acids are painted onto the skin to slough away dead dry skin cells in a super effective skin exfoliation.

The result is visibly smoother skin. Pour Moi Skin and Beauty offers a variety of modern cosmeceutical based peels which can treat pigmentation, open pores, skin texture and mild sun damage to improve your complexion in a powerful but gentle way.

More often than not there is actually no peeling and no down time at all.

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A lactic peel is a light chemical peel that is derived from milk. Lactic peels are one of the mildest and gentlest cosmetic chemical peels available.
A lactic peel is an excellent and effective cosmetic chemical peel option for individuals who seek the enhancement of their facial skin without the irritation, discomfort, and recovery time associated with deeper peels.

This technique can provide dramatic changes with virtually no skin redness or other unwanted after effects. You are able to resume normal activities after a lactic peel immediately. Because a lactic peel is the most gentle, it is a great option for those with sensitive skin who are worried about reactiveness.

Even individuals with rosacea can benefit from a lactic peel.
The lactic peel works by loosening and reducing the glue-like substance that holds the dead outer skin cells to each other. This action exfoliates the skin and also unblocks the follicles to reduce and prevent acne.

The lactic peel then works deeper into the skin to help rejuvenate and regenerate collagen and elastin. This effect can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and make the skin more radiant, vibrant, and younger looking. Lactic peel treatments are a safe and highly effective way to achieve these results on virtually any skin type.
To achieve the desired results lactic peel treatments may be repeated in a series of sessions combined with a home care regime. Maintenance lactic peel treatments may be recommended as needed. A patient’s treatment will be designed specifically with their aesthetic goals in mind.

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A glycolic peel is a light chemical peel that is an exceptional cosmetic option for individuals who seek smoother, youthful, and more radiant skin. A glycolic peel uses a mild Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane to produce a light peel of the outermost layers of the skin.

It is an excellent non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that can improve fine facial wrinkles, acne, uneven pigment, and skin dryness.
A glycolic peel is an excellent alternative to deeper peels for those patients who do not wish to go through the discomfort and recovery period required after a deep peel. You are able to resume normal activities after a glycolic peel almost immediately.

The peeling process and results of a glycolic peel are very similar to the actions of a lactic peel.

A series of treatments may be required and combined with home care in order to achieve the optimal results.

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Salicylic Acid is a naturally occurring organic acid. The Salicylic Acid used for skin treatments is actually a higher concentration than would be found in nature.

Its usefulness in acne control and anti-aging is that it promotes exfoliation of the skin surface cells, and in particular the cells lining the sebaceous ducts.

Salicylic Acid (BHA-Beta Hydroxy Acid) has been used to improve stretch marks, acne pimples, oily skin, scars, sun damage and aging skin. Salicylic Acid is highly effective for acne and oily skin.

It helps to unclog pores, loosen and lift out blackheads, even skin tone, and help prevent future outbreaks.

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This is a medium depth peel designed for more extensive peeling than AHA’s can achieve. It is made from Salicylic Acid (a Beta Hydroxy Acid), Lactic Acid (an Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and Resorcinol.

After this treatment you can expect skin to peel and flake for about 7 days. When healed, a smoother, more even toned and firmer skin will be revealed.

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How should I prep my skin before the chemical peel?

Several weeks before your chemical peel procedure, you will need to prep your skin by cleansing it two times a day with a lactic/ glycolic or salicylic based Cleanser, applying Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid in the morning and Vitamin A plus Anti-oxidant with high concentrations of Essential Fatty Acids at night time, plus applying sunscreen everyday.

Prepping the skin before the procedure will help your skin peel more evenly, reduce the risk of infection and other complications such as uneven skin color, and accelerate the healing process after the peel.

At Pour Moi Skin and Beauty we will provide appropriate information and advice after a full diagnostic skin analysis to determine your precise skin care regiment prior to a chemical peel.

How is a chemical peel performed?

Your skincare professional will cleanse your skin to remove any oils before gently applying layers of an acidic solution to peel away the aged surface of the skin.

Depending on the procedure, the solution is left on your face for a certain period of time before the product is removed. Then your skin will be wiped clean and an anti-oxidant product rich in essential fatty acids will be applied to help with comfort and assist with healing.

What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?

Recovery time after a chemical peel is dependent on the type of peel. After a chemical peel procedure, your skin may feel tight or slightly sunburned. The proper skin care regimen is important to speed up the healing process, enhance results, prevent infections, and skin color changes.

Cleansing, moisturizing and using a sunscreen are highly recommended after a chemical peel. Avoid sun exposure during the early healing period. With an AHA peel, the temporary redness, flaking and dryness that you experience will not prevent you from working or engaging in your normal activities.

Any evidence of the peel can be easily covered with mineral make-up. A fresher and improved skin texture will result with continued AHA treatments. Remember, protecting your skin from the sun is vitally important following even mild acid peels.

Ask your skincare specialist to recommend a sunblock with adequate UVA and UVB protection and use it every day. Improvements from AHA peels may be very subtle at first but you should detect a healthier glow to your skin.

With continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin.

What are the risks of a chemical peel?

While side effects are rare, chemical peels are associated with some risk. Deeper peels generally increase the chances of side effects and complications including:

  • Redness – Some superficial redness is expected after a peel.
  • Hypo or hyperpigmentation – Skin discoloration resulting in darker or lighter patches around the treated areas
  • Swelling
  • Crusting or scaling of the skin
  • Scarring
  • Infection – People who have oral herpes are more prone to infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Increased sunlight sensitivity

What results should I expect?

The results of a chemical peels vary depending on the peel that you receive. And the condition of your skin. A superficial peel has less impact on the signs of ageing and skin damage and the results are minimal.

Medium peels are effective in reducing signs of sun damage and fine wrinkles. A deep peel noticeably tightens the skin and eliminates wrinkles and the effects are commonly dramatic.

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