A chemical peel is a gentle form of exfoliation that involves the application of a formula based on naturally derived ingredients.
Chemical peels improve the texture of the skin by removing damaged outer layers. This cosmetic procedure works well for those with acne, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation and can also remove pre-cancerous skin growths and soften acne facial scars. A choice of phenol or glycolic and lactic acid formulations are used for this procedure. The levels of each are determined according to the patient’s needs, ranging from superficial to deep depth.
Chemical peels provide cosmetic benefits, enhancing your appearance and self confidence.
If you’d like to learn more about the Chemical Peel procedure, contact us now to book your confidential appointment with Dr. Kesarwani.
Dr. Kesarwani can also show you before and after Chemical Peel photos from patients he has performed the procedure on previously, during your consultation.
What Issues Can Chemical Peels Fix?
Chemical peels are proven to correct facial issues such as:
- Uneven pigmentation
- Growth removal
- Acne scars
- Rough textures
- Fine lines and wrinkles
This chemical solution is applied to the skin, where it soaks in. The skin of the face will peel off over the next 1-14 days, and new skin will grow in its place.
Your Choice of Gel or Phenol Formulations
Removes Pre-Cancerous Skin Growths
Gives You a Smoother, More Even Toned Complexion
Our most popular peel: the SkinCeuticals Gel Peel
The Gel Peel is a therapeutic combination of glycolic and lactic acids designed to refresh, rejuvenate and strengthen the skin. It eliminates excess sebum and cellular debris to clarify the pores while at the same time boosting collagen production. This reduces discolouration, roughness, inflammation and skin laxity.
The unique molecular structure of the acids in this peel allows its therapeutic ingredients to penetrate faster and deeper than other formulations.
The Gel Peel contains 20% glycolic and 10% lactic acids. It can do the following:
- gently exfoliates the damaged uppermost layers of the skin
- increases moisture levels
- balances healthy pH levels in the skin
- accelerates the rate of cellular turnover
- stimulates collagen production
- is ideal as a gentle skin refresher or as an additional treatment to enhance the results achieved from microdermabrasion of a photofacial
The intensity of the Gel Peel is fully customizable to all skin conditions and can be used as a gentle or aggressive peel.
For More Intense Exfoliation
If you’d like more intense exfoliation, the phenol peel may be more appropriate for you. This is a deep depth peel that is performed by one of our surgeons. The phenol peel is formulated with carbolic acid to penetrate lower into the skin, past the epidermis and into the dermis. It can dramatically improve the appearance of acne scarring, discolouration, roughness, wrinkles and sun damage. Because of its intensity, the recovery period may be longer, with more obvious flaking, redness and crusting.
To help with healing, application of CytoDerma™ silicone gel may be applied to keep the skin moisturized after your peel. You can read more about silicone scar gel here.
Skin Care Before and After Your Peel
Before the Peel
You should begin preparing your skin 2-3 weeks before the peel. This will require:
- Cleansing your skin twice a day.
- Applying a special moisturizer or cream once or twice a day.
- Using sunscreen every day.
- Depending on your case, daily use of Retin-A, a topical acne medicine, may be recommended to speed the healing process.
- For medium to deep peels, a course of medication may be prescribed to prevent viral infection.
Following these steps will help the skin peel evenly, heal faster, and will reduce any risk of complications.
After the Peel
Depending on what type of peel you had, recovery time can vary. Caring for your skin properly following a peel includes:
- Cleansing frequently with water, or with a doctor-prescribed cleanser.
- For medium or deep peels, changing the dressing or applying ointment.
- Moisturizing daily.
- Avoiding the sun. Sunscreen should not be used until after peeling has stopped, but after that is should be used every day as new skin is highly susceptible to sun damage.
- For a deep peel, oral painkillers, antiviral, and antibiotic medications are often prescribed.
It’s very important to care for your skin before and after a peel. Taking proper care of your skin will help you get the best possible results.