what is chemical peel?

A chemical peel is an advanced procedure that involves applying an acid solution (AHAs and BHAs) to the skin to facilitate a natural exfoliation of the dead and dying skin cells allowing younger, healthier skin cells to emerge. With age and environmental damage, the skin’s cellular renewal process slows, contributing to the appearance of dull, wrinkled, and dehydrated skin. Regular peels will help normalize and support cellular regeneration and ultimately preserve youthful skin and reverse early signs of aging.

Chemical peels, when performed correctly, promote long-term skin health. Clinical research indicates that unhealthy cells are less acid-resistant and are selectively removed by the acids, while the healthier cells resist the acid, multiply and take over the place of the unhealthy cells.

Different types of peel Serve different Purpose

All chemical peels dissolve the alkaline bonds (the cement or glue) between dead skin cells. This allows the cells to flake off evenly and at a faster rate. The cells beneath are newer, fresher and less dehydrated. This gives a softer and smoother appearance to the skin. While all AHAs and BHAs facilitate the natural exfoliation of skin cells, different acids serve different purposes and help treat various skin conditions. Our experienced medical aesthetician will select the appropriate type of acid and modify the strength of the peel based on the patient’s needs.

At GMA, we avoid traditional aggressive peels that may strip away the vital layers of the fragile epidermis, essentially revealing skin that is not ready to be exposed. Peels that are too aggressive may be counterproductive, destroying the natural barrier of the skin, making skin more dehydrated and sensitive. An effective, yet nonaggressive peel we offer is the Mummy Cool Peel. The Mummy Cool Peel involves the application of a lower concentration of lactic acid over a series of gentle treatments. This treatment supports the skin’s natural functions and processes and builds healthy skin gradually over time.

We also provide other Peel treatments, including our Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel, Mandelic Acid Peel, and GMA Acne Peel. To determine which treatment is suitable for your skin condition and needs, please book a complimentary skin assessment and consultation with one of our skin experts

Conditions best suited for peel treatments

  • Acne
  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Aging skin
  • Sagging skin

The process of chemical peel

The peeling is a multi-step process. The first step is a thorough cleansing of the skin, which is followed by a particularly active exfoliation before the peeling itself is applied on the treatment area as a mask. It may be on the face, neck, chest or back – areas where the skin is delicate and small pigmentation changes or scars stand out. The patient may feel a mild tingling sensation. At the end of the treatment, the medical aesthetician will apply stimulating, calming and rebuilding products that will help enhance treatment results. Immediately after the peel treatment, the skin will appear smooth, moisturized, and more even, and imbue you with an amazing glow.

What should be expected after a chemical peel

Most of GMA’s patients experience “micro” peeling where minimal peeling is seen with the naked eye but still occurs at the microscopic level. It is important to avoid overexposure to the sun immediately after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to injury and sun damage. To take care of the newly treated skin, regular SPF application is highly recommended.

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