Age spots, sun damage, small wrinkles or skin with large pores are unsightly signs of our skin aging. “Normal” peeling agents, available from cosmetic counters and pharmacies cannot do very much.
Chemical peeling causing peeling of parts of the epidermis (the upper skin layer) and, if applicable, the dermis in order to induce processes of renewal in the skin. The wound healing mechanism induced in the epidermis, and in the dermis in the case of deeper administration, results in tissue renewal and thus in clinical improvement of the skin.
What is treated with peeling?
Chemical peeling agents are applied to the face, neck, cleavage or hands. Some of the most commonly treated indications are:
- Improves the look and feel of oily skin
- Improves the appearance of small scars
Premature skin aging:
- Reduces file lines under the eyes
- Improves the appearance of wrinkles due to sun-induced damage and premature skin aging
Pigment spots and melasmas:
- Reduces the visibility of age spots
- Softens the appearance of dark spots and melasmasn
Course of chemical peeling
Your skin is cleaned before the peeling agent is applied and left to work for a few minutes. While the peeling agent is working, you may feel a prickly sensation.
Finally, depending on the acid used, this is neutralised in the case of fruit acids, and a moisturising cream is applied. The skin may become red, but this rapidly disappears. For an optimal result, it is recommended to repeat the peeling, e.g. four treatments at fortnightly intervals.
Medium depth peeling
With medium depth peeling, the acid (most commonly TCA) is applied layer by layer. The skin reaction, which manifests as so-called frosting (white discolouration), is observed very closely before a new layer is applied. This is essential in order to evaluate the depth to which the peeling agent is penetrating. While the peeling agent is working, a sensation of intense warmth can occur.
Flaking of the skin occurs with medium depth peeling so that you are “not presentable” for a few days.
Consistent protection of the skin from the sun is essential before and especially after each peeling!