What are chemical peels?

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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What are chemical peels?

By Victorian Cosmetic Institute Skin Therapist Carrie Lee

What really is a chemical peel? A chemical peel involves the application of an acid to the skin in a controlled environment. Chemical peels come in a variety of different solutions and strengths decided by your skin therapist tailored to your skin concerns. When applied to the skin the acid penetrates down to the dermis, this is where our concerns stem from, the peel then acts upon it’s target to treat the problem, maintain and improve the functioning.

A chemical peel can penetrate deep into the skin with the ability to alter the skins chemistry, so what do you need to know before going for a peel? Do you trust your skin therapist?

A chemical peel we must remember is an acid being applied to the skin therefore you must have confidence in the practice and practitioner you are seeing. You don’t want to walk out like Samantha Jones from Sex and the City or have further complications post treatment. Rest assured at Victorian Cosmetic Institute we provide complimentary skin analysis and consultations. This allows us to thoroughly examine your skin, assess your suitability for the treatment and provide you with a personalized skincare routine to prepare you for treatment and a treatment plan.

You will be advised on how to prepare your skin to strengthen it before treatment, help with recovery time and maintain the results. It is important to follow this program to gain the best results and the most out of your skin care and treatments.

Your practitioner will re-assess your skin each appointment and ensure the peel prescribed for you is still targeting your concerns and skins needs as you begin to make positive changes.

What should I expect from a chemical peel?

When the peel is applied you may experience a mild tingling sensation or in some cases warmth of the skin. Post treatment your skin therapist will apply a combination of topical vitamins and serums to target your concerns and sooth any discomfort and pf course sunscreen to protect your beautiful new skin! They will explain your home care and arrange your next appointment for review and repeat treatment, this typically occurs once a month. It is important you listen to the home care you have been given (I know we harp on about using a good sunscreen, but its important!)

Your home care is designed to get the best out of your peel you have had with us, including avoiding active ingredients for a certain amount of days. Your products are active for a reason, to maintain and change our skins functioning, but when we have applied an acid, although you may look fine following a peel, your skin is compromised.

It is important to know that the chemical peel world has moved from what we once knew it. where we were destined to get the shedding of the skin, to now it is understood your skin may not peel if you do not have the skin there to shift. So don’t be disheartened if you don’t get that peeling, it may just be happening but on a micro level you are not realizing. Follow the advice of your therapist and you will be on the right path to great skin, after all we only have one skin!

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