I am not discussing Samantha Jones Sex and the City dermal peels as such (dermal = needs general anaesthetic and to hibernate for 7-10 days post treatment). The word ‘chemical’ conjures the image of peeling and I 100% understand why. Please be aware that there are various strengths, ingredients, depths, activities dependant on the client, homecare, prep, skin ethnicity, concerns and healing ability.
The most popular ingredients for chemical peels are acids. Do NOT panic, the skin is acidic so it tolerates it well.
Glycolic Acid: This is smallest alpha hydroxy molecule, meaning it penetrates in lower and with less control than its cousin lactic acid. This acid has stood the test of time, and is available in homecare and in clinic treatments alike. It encourages the skin to exfoliate itself readily and can bind moisture to the skin long term. This treatment rejuvenates, brightens, loosens dead skin cells, and allows makeup to adhere for longer.
Salicylic Acid: A beta hydroxy acid, it has the ability to dissolve oil both under the surface of the skin and over. Not to be used if pregnant as it is a relative of the medication aspirin. With that in mind it is advised not to use it if allergic to aspirin. This is better for oily skin, acne prone, and lumps and bumps under the skin.
Lactic Acid: Do you recall learning in school how Cleopatra bathed in a bath of milk? This was not due to the water charges (!) but the benefit of lactic acid, a natural component in milk, which gently dissolves the superficial skin dead skin cells. It is an alpha hydroxy acid (as is glycolic); however, it is a larger size molecule, meaning it penetrates in slower and in a more controlled way. This will brighten and lighten the skin allowing the tone appear the same all over.
Be cautious with over-using; there is an epidemic of over-exfoliating the skin in Ireland. Us Irish are prone to sensitivity, we neglect the use of SPF, and we tend to be outdoors in harsh environments, and so to use more than three times a week in my opinion is somewhat over-doing it. The skin is an organ!
Remember – SPF SPF SPF