Chemical Peels

A chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Peels can treat fine lines, pigmentation, rosacea and acne.

Enerpeel® Salicylic Acid – Designed to break down oil and surface debris in acneic skins, while also introducing the three key ingredients to control inflammation, kill bacteria, reduce oil production and normalise excess skin cell production.

 

Enerpeel® SA Chest & Back – This area can be hard to treat, but with this new specialised Enerpeel you can really target your chest and back acne.

 

Enerpeel® Mandelic Acid – Designed for the management of rosacea, Thread veins, Hyper pigmentation, hyper sensitive skin, Hyper reactive skin, broken capillaries and is ideal for peeling throughout the summer months and for those with sensitive skin.

 

Enerpeel® Pyruvic Acid – Controls oily skin, reduces pore size and can be used for anti-ageing, photo ageing, flabby skin and mild actinic keratosis. This EnerPeel can also be used on the chest and neck.

 

Enerpeel® Jesners – Lactic acid component for reducing non inflammatory pigmentation, Oil control, moderate actinic keratosis, moderate to severe photo-aging and chromo-ageing .

 

Enerpeel® EL – Specifically designed for treating in and around the eye socket and the lip margin; the two age defining areas of the face. A treatment for hyper-pigmentation, actinic keratosis, chrono-aging and photo-ageing on the periocular and labial areas.

 

Enerpeel® TCA LP 25% & TCA Strong 40% – For anti-ageing, sun damage, moderate to severe photo-ageing and chrono-ageing, severe hyper-pigmentation, severe scars and raised scar reduction. The TCA Strong offers deeper remodelling and can also be used for pre and post surgical use.

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are used for this purpose. The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient’s needs. A chemical peel will not prevent or slow the aging process.

Deciding if chemical peel is right for you Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons – to enhance your appearance and your self confidence

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA. A course of 4 treatments is advised TCA peel may be needed to achieve the desired result. A further 2 courses over several months may be required for the desiried effect.

Chemical peels are normally a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified, competent practitioner. However, some unpredictability and risks such as infection and scarring, while infrequent, are possible.

With a TCA peel, your healed skin will be able to produce pigment as always; the peel will not bleach the skin. However, TCA-peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin.

What do TCA peels do?

TCA peels are medium depth peels, ranging from 8% to 30% strengths. Though their concentrations might not be as high as other chemical peels, TCA peels are considered much deeper peels than lactic acid and glycolic acid peels. For instance, a 75% glycolic acid peel never made me peel, but a 12.5% TCA peel had my skin peeling for days.

TCA peels brighten and even out your skin tone by reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation (dark spots, acne marks, sun spots, freckles) and skin discoloration. They revitalize dull-looking skin, helping skin look soft and smooth. Because of their deep exfoliating effects, TCA peels can clean out congested pores to refine the surface of your skin. Unfortunately, they don’t work as well for acne scarsor moles, but they can minimize the appearance of skin tags. TCA peels are also great for erasing fine wrinkles and treating sun damage.

TCA peels can be used on the face, neck, or back of the hands. They can also be used all over the face or just as a spot peel. One TCA peel will give better results than one glycolic acid peel, but more than one TCA peel is still necessary for the best results. Results generally last around 6 months, but they can last even longer when supplemented with glycolic or lactic acid peels every two weeks.

Where do you get TCA peels?

You can get TCA peels of varying percentages from your local practitioner.

If you’ve never undergone a TCA peel done before, it’s best to get them done the first time by a professional. Keep in mind that high concentration TCA peels (above 20%) are still best administered by a specialist.

Enerpeel Eye and Lip is a gel-based skin remodeling solution especially designed to target around the eye and lip area. It targets Fine Lines close to the eye, Crows Feet – which we all know and hate, pigmentation build up below and eye or on the eye lid, pout lines and Melanin moustache from using hair removal. Eye and Lip is a noninvasive and trouble free treatment has little to no downtime, which essentially means you are free to carry on with your daily routine without having to hide away.  You can even fit a treatment in during lunchtime.

EL is a 4 layer TCA/Lactic acid gel peel for peri-orbital and peri-labial areas. Eyes and Lip area including eye lid, lip margin and pout lines – acid concentration increases from 3.75% TCA to 15% and 15% Lactic acid to 60% Lactic Acid.

Our new specialist Eye and Lip EnerPeel will:

  • Reduces lines and wrinkles on this difficult to reach area
  • Lighten dark circles and under eye bags
  • Tighten your eyelids
  • Eliminate your crow’s feet
  • Reduce pout lines
  • Increase lip volume
  • Even your skin tone
  • Little or no downtime – get the treatment during your
  • Non-invasive and trouble free
  • specially designed treatment for those sensitive areas

The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is the new addition to the Obagi medical range It contains a unique blend of acids to provide a gentle but effective salicylic acid-based facial chemical peel, resulting in tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin immediately after just one treatment. Salicylic acid–based peels are used to improve patient outcomes for a range of skin concerns, including photo damage, acne scarring, melasma and improved texture and tone. Blue Peel Radiance effectively exfoliates the uppermost damaged skin layers, leaving your skin fresh, renewed, and radiant with little to no downtime. You may also benefit from the Blue Peel Radiance if you are a skin type 4-6 with pigmentation.

Mandelic acid peels are a type of alpha hydroxy (AHA) peel, similar to glycolic acid and lactic acid peels. Because mandelic acid molecules are larger than both that of glycolic and lactic acid, mandelic peels are less penetrating and irritating, but still very effective for treating damaged skin.

 

Mandelic acid peels are a great choice for a first-time chemical peel. Their antibacterial qualities also make them good for people with acne-prone skin. Because it is one of the gentler chemical peels out there, it is safe to use for people with Rosacea or darker skin tones.

What do Mandelic Acid Peels Do?

Depending on the strength of the peel (usually 25%) and how many times you get it done, mandelic acid peels help:

  • Exfoliate the surface of your skin
  • Even out skin tone
  • Fade dark dark marks
  • Suppress skin pigmentation
  • Treat inflammatory non-cystic acne
  • Treat stubborn blackheads
  • Rejuvenate photoaged skin
  • Repair sun damage
  • Improve the appearance of fine lines

Mandelic acid peels will improve your skin faster than using a daily AHA treatment. They tend to be more helpful than other chemical peels in treating acne, particularly blackheads that don’t respond to anything else. They are also effective treatments for people with sensitive skin and have not been known to cause any depigmentation.

 

What to Expect from a Mandelic Acid Peel

Before the mandelic acid peel solution is put on your skin, your skin must be cleansed and primed. A prep solution will most likely to applied to your skin to remove any surface facial oils. After this prep solution dries, the peel will be applied to your skin.

Because mandelic acid is less penetrating, it will take longer for you to feel any topical sensations. You might wonder if the peel is actually doing anything, but after awhile, your skin should start feeling warm and turn a bit pink. The peel solution will only be left on your skin for a few minutes. Exactly how long will depend on what the person giving you the peel decides and how well your skin naturally tolerates the acid.

Most chemical peels will neutralize on their own after a few minutes, but a neutralizing solution may be applied on your skin just in case. Some people find that the neutralizing solution actually stings more than the peel itself. The peel is then removed with some water or a light cleanser.

After the peel, your skin will be pink and sensitive. Mandelic acid peels generally don’t cause skin to physically peel off (it does for some people though), but you still have to take good care of your skin post-peel in order for it to properly heal. This means not using any scrubs, exfoliants, or harsh active treatments. It also means wearing a strong sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.

 

Is there any downtime?

Because mandelic acid peels are so mild, there is very little downtime associated with the peel. Your skin may be pink, dry, and flaky in some places, but overall, the side effects from mandelic peels are easily covered up with makeup. Your skin will probably heal in 2-3 days, so you probably won’t have to schedule time off work or clear your calendar. However, it’s still a good idea to get mandelic acid peels done on a weekend in case anything goes wrong.

If you get mandelic acid peels for acne, you might experience some post-peel purging. As the acid exfoliates away the surface of your skin, it brings clogs you have underneath closer to the top, which may erupt as active pimples. However, the redness and irritation side effects from the peel will go away in 2-3 days.

A Jessner peel is a popular medium-depth chemical peel that works to improve skin health by helping remove and heal skin damage that is more extensive than regular “wear and tear.” This skin care treatment is stronger than most superficial chemical peels, and therefore creates more temporary damage to the skin in the process. The Jessner peel consists of three main ingredients: lactic acid (assists in the exfoliation of the skin), salicylic acid (aids in penetration), and resorcinol (assists in the treatment of acne).

What Does It Do?

Here are some of the primary benefits of getting a Jessner peel:

  • The peel helps to smooth out various fine lines and wrinkles
  • It may reduce the appearance of acne scarring
  • It can reduce the of appearance of large pores
  • May improve the overall complexion of the face
  • In some cases may lighten areas of skin discoloration
  • Can help loosen and reduce acne
  • Assists with treatment of melasma
  • Restores skin to a more healthy, youthful glow
  • Can act as a customized treatment for more extensive skin damage

How It Works

A Jessner peel is comprised of three primary ingredients. These ingredients work together to exfoliate the outer layers of skin by breaking up dead skin cells. This treatment encourages the natural peeling to start several days after the chemical treatment. In the office, your skin is thoroughly cleansed and then the peel chemicals are applied. As a general rule, 2-5 coats are applied for the best possible results. Typically, a lightweight moisturizer or a calming mask is applied to the skin at the end of the treatment and you can go about the rest of your day.

If necessary, the Jessner peel can be repeated every four weeks until the desired results are achieved; however, for most patients, only one treatment is required.

What to Expect

First, you will experience dry, tight skin with slight redness. Your skin may also be overly sensitive. It will peel for about a week after the treatment and you can expect your skin to turn from a pink shade to a shade of brown. When the old, damaged skin has all peeled away, you will be left with more refreshed, glowing skin.

Keep in mind that the deeper the Jessner peel penetrates your skin, the longer the recovery time will be, and the more you become at risk of experiencing potential side effects.

Side Effects of a Jessner Peel

With exception of skin redness and general discomfort, there is not a significant number of serious side effects associated with the Jessner peel. However, it is important to discuss this procedure with your doctor to make sure that your skin will not suffer any adverse effects. Some of the more minor side effects that you may experience when you have the Jessner peel may include:

  • Prolonged healing as well as infection are both possible if the peeling skin is removed prematurely
  • Cold sores may appear, if you are already susceptible to them
  • Temporary swelling of the treated area
  • Mild redness
  • Itching, especially if you undergo a deeper chemical peel

Enerpeel® PA is a version of the frequently used pyruvic acid chemical peel in a patented Enerpeel® skin remodelling solution. It is commonly used to treat a wide range of skin issues, including fine lines, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation issues as well as oily skin. As it is contained in an Enerpeel® solution, any redness and erythema is much less in severity and duration, compared to many other chemical peels.

Pyruvic Acid ~50%

  • For a safe chemical exfoliation that is easy to manage.
  • Remarkable results with fewer side effects.
  • Effective chemical exfoliation that generates extremely mild erythema that generally disappears just after a few hours post application. This effective “soft peel” allows the patient to resume their daily normal activities immediately after the procedure.
  • Exfoliation occurs after approximately two days, it is not intense and is easily controlled with the use of a moisturising product.
  • Composition: Pyruvic acid ~ 50%.
  • Technology: ENERPEEL Technology.
  • Chemical exfoliation: superficial, superficial – medium.

Salicylic acid peels are a type of beta hydroxy (BHA) peel. The name “salicylic acid” might sound familiar because salicylic acid is very common ingredient in acne treatments. It’s no wonder that salicylic acid peels are also great for treating clogged pores and acne.

Salicylic acid peels can be quite strong and penetrating, more so than AHA peels. While they are generally suitable for most skin types, people with oily, acne-prone skin tend to see the best results. People with an aspirin allergy, however, must avoid getting this type of chemical peel.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of salicylic acid peels and what to expect when you get one of them for your skin.

 

What do Salicylic Acid Peels Do?

Salicylic acid peels can help improve the following skin conditions:

  • Clogged pores
  • Oily, congested skin
  • Acne
  • Blackheads

As you can see, salicylic acid peels are usually best for those with acne-prone skin. If you are trying to fade hyperpigmentation, lactic acid or glycolic acid peels will probably be better. Salicylic acid peels will probably not be as effective for anti-agingeither.

 

What to Expect from a Salicylic Acid Peel

Your skin will first be primed with some kind of prep solution. This removes any residual facial oils to allow the peel to be more effective. After the prep solution dries, the salicylic acid peel is applied to your skin. The person giving you the peel will set a timer for how long it should be left on your skin. When the time is up, the peel will beneutralized and then gently removed with some water or a cleanser.

During the salicylic acid peel, your skin will feel warm and prickly. It will probably also turn red. And because salicylic acid is more penetrating, you may feel more topical discomfort than other chemical peels (ex. like mandelic acid peels). If you experience pain that you cannot tolerate at all, the peel needs to be immediately removed. To avoid this kind of bad reaction, most places will spot test the peel before doing a full-face peel.

Facial redness, or erythema, post-peel should subside in a few hours. For some people, the redness can linger around for a couple of days later. Even though most salicylic acid peels are only at 15% strengths, they can cause your skin to turn dry and flaky. Your skin probably won’t peel off in sheets, but some light peeling might take place.

 

Is there any downtime?

Unlike TCA peels or laser treatments, there isn’t any significant downtime associated with salicylic acid peels. For most people, skin heals and returns back to normal in 3-4 days. The main side effects from salicylic acid peels are facial redness and flaking skin. However, these side effects are usually not severe enough to take time off work or clear out your schedule.

If you get salicylic acid peels for active acne, you might experience some post-peelpurging. As the acid exfoliates away the surface of your skin, it brings clogs you have underneath closer to the top, which may erupt as more active pimples.

As with all exfoliating treatments, salicylic acid peels will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Therefore, it is very important to stay indoors and wear a good sunscreenwhen you go outside, especially the first two days after you get the peel.

Frequently asked questions

Who is not suitable?

Any one who has undergone Roaccutane treatment over the last six months.

Anyone who has had an outbreak of herpes in the last six months.

Anyone who has any facial lesions.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Will my skin peel?

Depending on the peel you may get slight flaking with TCA and Mandelic peels you may get peeling for 3-5 days.

What are chemical peels used for?

Chemical peels are used for the treatment of photo-aging (from sun damage), wrinkles, scarring, precancerous lesions, and discoloration (including melasma, freckles, and age spots).

How are chemical peels performed?

There are numerous chemical peels and each one is performed differently. In general, chemical peels usually begin with vigorous cleansing of the skin, followed by application of the appropriate peel.

What is the most popular peel solution?

Peels are tailored to your needs whether it be a rejuvenation peel (Blue radiance) as down time is minimal. Or a peel which suits your oily, dry or flushed appearance.

How long do chemical peels take?

Most peels can be performed within a few minutes, depending on size of the area being treated.

How should I prepare my skin for peels?

Before using the peel

If you are using any prescription products (like Differin, Retin-A, etc) discontinue their use 3-4 days before and after glycolic acid and lactic acid peels. Discontinue their use for 5 days before and 10 days after TCA peels. Sometimes, it’s also helpful to use an AHA product or retinoid nightly for two weeks before a chemical peel to get a more even peel. However, it’s best to do this after your very first peel so you can gauge your skin’s reaction. If you are using chemical peels for the first time, use the lowest concentration peel (i.e. 30% lactic acid, 30% glycolic acid, and 8% TCA) and gradually move up to stronger peels as your skin gets used to them. Don’t start out with too strong of a peel, thinking you will get better results for your money. You will just end up burning your skin! Your skin needs time to adjust to chemical peels, so gradually increasing the strength of a peel as your skin acclimates is the safest way to get effective at-home peel results.

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