Skin Peels 101



Skin peels have been around for years, and the treatment remains popular for those looking for glowing and smooth skin. This is achieved through the rejuvenating effects of a skin peel treatment. It addresses skin concerns like clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and premature aging.

Chemical exfoliation treatments may sound scary at first. Understanding how the treatment works and what to expect from the procedure will prepare you for your appointment and help you decide if it is suitable for your skin goals.


What is a Skin Peel?


A peel treatment uses a chemical solution such as alpha-hydroxy acid or trichloroacetic acid to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. Fresh and clean skin is revealed after the treatment.

There are different types of chemical peels with different strengths. Typical peels help with skin texture and even out the skin tone while deeper peel treatments address hyperpigmentation, scars, and reduce signs of aging. Most peel treatments are gentle and suitable for sensitive skin as well.


How Does the Treatment Work?


The chemical solution used in skin peels has a significantly lower pH level than the skin’s natural pH. When applied to the skin, the peel dissolves the ‘glue’ that holds the outer layer of dead skin cells together. Following a skin peel, the dead skin cells start shedding off the skin to reveal a new layer of skin cells.

This process also triggers the skin to repair itself and encourages collagen formation. The skin becomes firmer, plumper, and smoother. As the skin peel treatment forces the skin to create a new layer, scars fade away.


The Benefits


A skin peel helps remove dead skin and debris build-up in the pores. As clogged pores are one of the main causes of acne, keeping the pores clean is a game-changer when fighting acne and breakouts.

A peel treatment helps with scarring by removing the top layer of dead scar tissue and encourages healing. Over time and with regular treatments, even severe scars fade away. Similarly, a skin peel treatment helps address hyperpigmentation and creates an even and bright skin tone.

The acid used during the procedure breaks down the surface of the skin. When repairing itself, collagen is produced, the skin becomes thicker, and elasticity is regained. Signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out, and the skin looks plumper and youthful.


What to Expect After Your First Peel


To address all these skin concerns, several regular treatments are required. But you will notice a visible improvement and ‘glow’ after just one session.

Right after your treatment, the skin may feel sensitive and slightly puffy. A superficial skin peel requires minimal downtime and is gentle to the skin, but deeper chemical peels may cause slight redness that will fade within 1 week. If it is your first peel, your skin specialist will start with a superficial-strength peel to get your skin accustomed to the treatment.

Since chemical exfoliation causes skin photosensitivity, you should include extra sun protection in your daily skincare regimen. Also, opt for a heavier moisturizer for 1-2 weeks following your skin peel to soothe and help the skin heal.


Book a Consultation Today


Skin peels are considered the secret to bright, fresh, and youthful skin. The treatment is highly recommended by skin care experts because they are very effective for all individuals. Depending on your skin type and what you want to achieve with a skin peel treatment, your specialist will recommend which type of skin peel treatment is right for you.


The team of experts at Waterloo Medical Cosmetics is here to help you achieve your skin and beauty goals. Text us today at 226-887-1208 to book a consultation.


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