A peeling can greatly improve the appearance of your skin. To look radiant, healthy and beautiful, the skin needs to be exfoliate correctly. And “correctly” is key here. Let us consider what type of peelings exist and why a peeling should NOT be done at home.
What are the benefits of peelings?
Peelings is a quite frequent procedure that is used for the treatment of photo aging skin, deep wrinkles and fine lines , acne scars and to improve the skin vitality ,tonus and texture.
Even in ancient times women understood the need for peelings, and they sometimes resorted to various radical techniques to remove the outer skin layer: they would freeze their faces with ice, burn their skin, rub it with sand, wash it with wine vinegar, or bathe in goat’s milk, which contains beneficial acids.
The first chemical peeling was performed by the French surgeon La Gassé, who attempted with the use of phenol to treat scars from gunpowder burns. His daughter continued his work, initially in Europe and then in the United States, where peelings first became a popular trend. Later, their popularity spread all over the world.
Peeling products contain acids that help exfoliate a uniform layer of dead skin cells, uncovering new layers as yet undamaged by UV exposure and free radicals. It also stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis. Collagen and elastin are proteins that maintain skin elasticity and firmness, that is, keep skin looking young and beautiful.
TYPES OF PEELINGS
Peelings can be classified as chemical ,laser and mechanical. Chemical peeling is the most frequent derma –esthetic procedure in the world . These can be further divided into superficial, medium-depth and deep. It is strongly recommended that all peelings, even superficial ones, be performed at a specialized clinic.
Superficial peelings often contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxyl acid (BHA).
These acids have various positive effects on the skin:
- skin exfoliation ,stimulating collagen production
- depigmentation and revitalization
- protecting the skin from UV damage
During this procedure there are used different acidic solutions and most popular is glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, trichloracetic, pyruvic, and others.
Due to its exceptionally low molecular mass, glycolic acid can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers. It stimulates the activity of the skin’s basal layer, accelerating regeneration of the epidermis. This may be considered a biological, rather than a chemical action. But to produce such an effect, both the dosage and application time need to be optimal. For that reason, the peeling must be performed by a specialist and should never be attempted at home.
What is the procedure for superficial peeling?
Step 1: Exfoliation ;
Step 2: an acid-containing product is extended over the skin;
Step 3: after 10-20 minutes, the acid is neutralized;
Step 4: a special skin-soothing cream or mask is applied. The patient may feel a mild tingling sensation until the acid is neutralized. The skin will redden slightly, but after a few hours it will subside. After 3-4 days the skin will start peeling slightly, but this effect is easily countered with a moisturizing cream. Some patients experience a tightening of the skin. After the peeling, it is essential to use high SPF sunscreens. It is recommended that the peeling treatment be repeated at least 3-4 times, depending on the skin condition.
MEDIUM-DEPTH PEELING removes the basal layer of epidermis and papillary dermis, along with wrinkles, “crow’s feet”, pigment spots, acne scars, and other imperfections. This treatment uses trichloracetic acid and phenol. Adverse effects, such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scars, may occur if post –peel treatment is not appropriate. This procedure should be only performed by medical doctors in specialized clinics.
The steps for medium-depth peeling are the same as above. In this case, the patient may feel some stinging and prickling. The healing time is about 10 days. After 3-4 days, an intense peeling process begins, so it will be necessary to apply a special cream every 2 hours. During the healing phase, it is better to try and limit facial expressions as much as possible. Using high SPF sunscreens after peeling is a must (even in winter, as solar activity is intense all year round in Spain). Medium-depth peeling should not be performed more than 3 times a year.
DEEP PEELING is comparable to surgery. Some doctors call it “chemical plastic surgery”, and it often requires anaesthesia. Such peeling must only be performed at a clinic. The chemical solutions for deep peelings are phenol-based. Unlike the other peelings, it does have contraindications, and should be avoided by those with diseases of the kidney, liver, or cardiovascular system. Most patients will require a 10-day recuperation period, which they should dedicate to skincare. Yet, the results are worth it! Deep peelings are usually more recommended from a certain age .
Currently, Laser – Multifractional Peel technologies are used to replace this treatment, it provides the same and better results, with a very short recovery time ,and with much less damage to the skin .
At the mona lisa clinic we offer a variety of peelings:
1. Glycolic acid 40% peeling: superficial or medium-depth. Price: 50€
2. Mandelic acid 40% peeling: superficial. Price: 50€
3. Salicylic acid 30% peeling: superficial. Price: 50€
4. Pyruvic acid 20% peeling: superficial. Price: 50€
5. Lactic acid 10% peeling: superficial. Price: 50€
6. Trichloracetic acid 15% or 25% peeling: medium-depth. Price: 50€
7. PRX -T33 trichloracetic acid 33%: medium-depth. Price: 100€
8. Mesopeel Jesser (salicylic acid 14%, lactic acid 14%, citric acid 8%): medium-depth. Price: 50€
9. Naqua Melanz 31%: superficial. Price: 50€
10. Naqua Aging 55%: superficial. Price: 50€
11. Naqua Comedox 30%: superficial. Price: 50€
12. Кeenwell peeling: superficial. Price: 70€
13. Skin Tech peeling: medium-depth or deep. Price: 100€
14. Zo Skin Health peeling: medium-depth or deep. Price: 150€.
15.Laser –Peel .Price from 200 €.
Which peeling is the best for you? Receive your first appointment at the Mona Lisa Clinic, and our doctor will assess you and recommend the best option.