The buzzword in beauty is skin remodelling thanks to a new generation of chemical peels that treat everything from deep wrinkles to acne and rosacea
What are chemical peels?
A chemical peel isn’t the most pleasant sounding of treatments, but it’s definitely one of the most effective when it comes to achieving a clear complexion and rejuvenating the skin. Chemicals are involved, but these range from gentle plant compounds (such as glycolic and salicylic acid) to lift away dead skin cells and brighten the complexion, to more intensive acids (such as mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and resorcinol) that penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, targeting pigmentation and wrinkles.
At Helen Taylor Aesthetics we use a new generation of chemical peels known as EnerPeels that actually remodel the skin from the inside, breaking down old fibres and boosting the production of new skin tissue.
How do chemical peels work?
The compounds in the chemical peels we use penetrate the dermal layer, dissolving old skin cells, and stimulating collagen production and fibroblast activity – the skin’s natural repair mechanisms. The treatments also boost the production of hyaluronic acid, which moisturises and plumps the skin.
Who are chemical peels good for?
Anyone who wants a lift without resorting to the knife. Whether that’s a gentle peel to exfoliate and brighten the skin, or a deep peel to treat scarring or hyper-pigmentation, and minimise the appearance of wrinkles. Rosacea and acne both respond very well to chemical peels. The treatment can also be performed on the neck and hands to reduce those tell-tale signs of ageing. Liver spots, be gone!
What does a chemical peel involve?
It’s pretty straight forward. The bespoke acid solution is brushed onto the skin and left to take effect. Depending on the area and condition being treated, the peel could be left on for 10 minutes to half an hour. During this time, you may feel a slight tingling sensation, but this shouldn’t be painful. Thanks to a unique patented carrier technology, the acids in EnerPeels remain inert right up until they have penetrated deep into the skin, which means irritation of the top layer is minimised. Once the solution has taken effect, it will be neutralised and a soothing gel applied to reduce any inflammation. The whole procedure should take no more than 45 minutes. Depending on the type of peel you have, there may be some slight redness after, so it’s best to schedule the treatment for a quiet week.
What results can I expect?
If you’re having a mild peel to brighten your complexion, you should see this take effect more or less straight away, as the dead skin cells are lifted away to reveal younger skin beneath. When it comes to treating issues like pigmentation, you’re likely to see a gradual change over the course of three to four treatments. Whatever the peel, you’ll need to wear an SPF of at least 30 after your treatment, as your skin will temporarily be more sun sensitive – plus you don’t want to undo the results!
Boost the benefits
Because the acids in EnerPeels aren’t activated until they penetrate the dermal layer, we can also introduce other prescriptive ingredients into the peel without them being destroyed. If acne is an issue, for example, we can add spot-busting anti-bacterial treatments to treat the condition. For rosacea, anti-inflammatory and anti-reddening ingredients can be helpful, while anti-ageing ingredients can also be added for a skin-nourishing lift. In other words, a bespoke chemical peel tailored to your skin’s specific needs.
We can also prescribe a range of super-effective skin products from the Tebiskin range that work in conjunction with your peel. These contain the same ingredients as the peels, although in a weaker formulation, helping to prepare the skin, reduce risk of sensitivity and maximise results. All of which means you can enjoy amazing skin long after your salon treatment.