Are Clinical Peels safe?
Yes. As long as your skin is suitable, prepared appropriately and the recommended aftercare instructions are followed.
Do they leave the skin red and oozing (like Samantha from Sex and the City)?
No. Those sorts of peels are traditional peels that have more of an ablative effect. The epidermis (upper layers of the skin) is partially or completely removed and the skin will take about 2 weeks to heal. Clinical Peels actually initiate an exfoliating response which occurs over several days whereby your epidermis is still intact. You may experience some mild pinking but it normally resolves within the hour.
What effects should I expect from a peel?
Slight sensitivity for the first 3 days and possible dryness or mild flaking from days 4 to 5. After 1 to 2 weeks the skin will feel smoother more even and brighter.
How long is my skin sensitive after a peel?
Normally 3-5 days depending on the type of peel. Sometimes you may experience flaking for up to 7 days.
Are they suitable for finer skin types?
Yes, there are several types of peels and the milder AHA are the most suitable for finer skins.
Will my skin look dramatically different after 1 peel?
No. It takes at least 3-6 treatments to see a significant change. Depending on the skin condition it can take up to 12 treatments along with ongoing maintenance treatments.
Does it help problematic skin conditions?
Yes. The exfoliation assists with removing dead skin cell build up that can be clogging and congesting pores.
Will I breakout after a treatment?
You may. It is more common for problematic skin types to experience some breakouts after a peel. This is due to the purging of the pores as the skin exfoliates and rejuvenates. Sometimes it has to get worse before it gets better.
Will wrinkles actually reduce?
Yes. As we age and with sun damage our skin doesn’t exfoliate and renew as efficiently and leads to a build-up that gives the appearance of uneven superficial fine lines and wrinkles. Clinical Peels will speed up the exfoliation process leading to a smoother, more refined and younger looking skin allowing fresh healthy skin cells to appear. Deep wrinkles or dynamic lines may be softened somewhat. For the most superior results it is strongly advised to follow a treatment program that includes multiple treatment types.
Do they remove freckles?
Yes. They are very effective in reducing superficial hyperpigmentation, sun damage and uneven skin colour and tone. There are several varieties of pigmentation with some very challenging to eradicate. Your skin therapist will advise you on what sort of results to expect. Sun protection is essential when treating skin discoloration disorders. A sun block will be required during and after the treatment as well as a pigment inhibiting product for ongoing prevention of future hyperpigmentation.