A chemical peel is a non surgical technique designed to revitalise damaged skin in people that have signs of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tones, acne and scarring. The aim is to resurface the skin resulting in a softer, smoother, more youthful look. Chemical peels are most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance appearance and self-confidence. Chemical peel therapy may be performed in conjunction with other treatments.
Procedure prescriptive chemical peels embrace the latest medical research and utilise Ascorbic acid, Lactic acid (AHA), Salicylic acid (BHA) and Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to facilitate a penetration of self-neutralising, anti-inflammatory chemical exfoliants. Procedure Peels are designed to maximise skin rejuvenation with minimal downtime. These chemicals combine to calmly resurface the dead layer of skin cells and speed cell turnover to return skin to its more youthful function. Patients usually experience minimal side effects. Erythema (redness) may be present but is minimal and of short duration. Dryness and shedding may be experienced on days 3, 4, and 5 post peel. Procedure peels can be uniquely customised and tailored to individual patient needs. A course of 4-6 peels 4 weeks apart is recommended for optimum results.
Ascorbic Acid is a mild peeling agent ideally suited to use on highly pigmented light to medium toned skin. Performed regularly the Ascorbic acid peel can help resolve uneven pigmentation and provide exfoliation benefits for more reactive skin types. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other procedure peels.
The L-lactic Acid peel is a hydrophilic acid of the Alpha-Hydroxy acid (AHA) group. It is a light superficial peel which promotes separation of cells from the most outer and thinnest skin layer (stratum corneum) and stimulates epidermal (next skin layer down) differentiation. This hydrating peel lowers the stratum corneum pH which promotes activation of enzymes that degrade corneosomes (the bonds that adhere skin cells to each other), facilitating shedding of excessive surface cells. This results in a reduction of fine lines and uneven pigmentation, giving an overall improvement in skin tone and texture. Performed on a monthly basis, there will be increased skin hydration, reduced visibility of pores and lightening of epidermal hyperpigmentation. This peel can be used alone or to augment the strength and effects of other procedure peels.
BHA is attracted to the lipid content of skin, particularly sebum, found predominantly in follicles. This peel helps to regulate the turnover of epithelial cells and shed unwanted cellular debris. This helps to unclog pores, reducing blackheads and spots. BHA peels help in the treatment of acne and excess surface oil. These peels are performed on a monthly basis in clinic and can be used alone or in conjunction with other procedure peels.
TCA has traditionally been used as a medium to deep chemical peeling agent. More recently, the benefits of TCA in stratum corneum (the most outer and thinnest skin layer) and epidermal (next skin layer down) peeling have been well proven. TCA effects a gentle sloughing of the stratum corneum without traumatising sensitive sun-damaged skin. It is also an effective angiogenic agent (promoting growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels), re-establishing the fine capillary network that has been atrophied (thinned) by ultra violet radiation resulting in sallowness. Clinically, this benefit can be seen as a restoration of healthy skin tone and texture. There will be a reduction of fine lines and superficial pigmentation but further benefits also include softening of acne scarring and fortification of the skin barrier function with a reduction in sensitivity to topical irritants.
Acne is a complex skin condition involving excess sebum production, clogged pores and bacteria that cause inflamed acne lesions. The following three steps are essential to control acne: unclog pores, control follicular bacteria, reduce inflammation and irritation. Rationale products can help to soothe irritated, acne-prone skin.
Pigmentation describes a range of conditions where skin becomes blotchy or discoloured. Pigmentation can be caused by hormonal factors, skin trauma and excessive sun exposure. The AHA and TCA in Rationale procedure peels help remove pigmented surface cells, and improve cellular turnover. Prescription medications and phototherapy, such as Limelight/IPL or laser treatment, should be combined with Rationale to achieve best results.
Sun damaged skin:
Excessive sun exposure can cause premature ageing, including changes to colour, texture and hydration. It can also cause more serious changes to the skin's immune functions that can lead to skin cancer. Monthly procedure peels help to maintain a fresher, smoother, more even complexion.
Your face will be cleansed, analysed and appropriately peeled. You will feel a mild tingling feeling whilst the peel is active. Your pigmentation may appear darker before drying out and possibly peeling off. Significant improvement is seen in as few as 3-4 treatments. Fine lines and pigmentation should be reduced and your skin will appear refreshed.
Please wear minimal make up. Please advise Zinc Clinic when making your appointment if you have taken or been taking acne medication within the last 12 months, had any laser resurfacing to the face, whether you are pregnant or breast feeding, using products such as retrieve or stieva cream, had a peel, IPL or other laser treatment within the last 3 weeks. We also need to know if you have a history of cold sores, use hormones or had recent facial surgery. Results are improved if skin has been prepared with an active skin care range such as Rationale.
Immediately after the treatment the treated area will appear slightly red and have a slight sunburn sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs. Keep skin clean and use sun block with a minimum of SPF 30+ daily. You may notice peeling a few days after your peel.
Rationale skin peels are a new generation peel that are self neutralising and work on a microscopic level unlike older skin peels previously available. Side effects are generally mild and extremely unlikely. Side effects may include: discomfort, redness, swelling, loss of pigment, increased pigmentation, peeling and flaking, infection, scaring and acne breakouts.
The cost of chemical skin peels depends on the number of layers used per session. Each client is and individual and requires an individual combination of chemical peels. This is assessed on consultation with the treating doctor. A treatment is mapped out for each client and the cost can be assessed at this time. This is based on a clients unique requirements and the result that is desired. Please note that it is recommended to have a chemical skin peel on a monthly basis. The minimum recommended is 4-6 treatments. Treatments are charged either per treatment or as packages of 6 were the last treatment is complimentary.