What Are Peels?
Cosmetic peels are designed to remove different layers of the skin resulting in a renewed, healthy-looking complexion.* At A New You we use non-traumatic peels, which removes dead skin cells and cleans the pores.*
Unlike the older techniques, they are combined with ingredients that reduce inflammation, which in turn minimises the downtime.* Peels are suitable for a range of conditions including:
- Acne and post-acne scarring
- Ageing skin
- Dull, weathered skin
- Excessively sebaceous (oily) skin
- Blackheads and whiteheads
- Blotchy pigmentation
- Non-keloidal scarring
- Stretch marks
- Sun spots
- Skin-darkening and discolouration
Peels can work on all types of skin but vary in strength according to the condition being treated. The results can be maintained by following a skin-care programme recommended by your practitioner.*
Types Of Peels
These peels consist of glycolic, citric and mandelic acids. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and exfoliates the skin, evening the distribution of pigmentation.* Citric acids are powerful antioxidants which help to correct the effects of aging and sun damage. Mandelic acid, naturally found in almonds, has natural antibacterial benefits, and can reduce oiliness over time without drying the skin.
These peels would be administered in a structured programme, starting with a two-week preparation programme.* The level of acid applied is gradually increased to optimise the overall results and reduce the incidence of side-effects.
Three peels would be recommended, usually spread two to four weeks apart.*
Obagi Blue Peel®
This is a TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peel for sun-damaged skin, suitable for men and women who have light pigmentation, mild acne, age spots, rough skin and fine lines. TCA peels are available in different strengths to penetrate the different layers of the skin, according to the condition being treated.*
More than one peel may be required, depending on the amount of damage and the skin condition being addressed.
Peeling starts on the third day and can last up to seven days, according to the number of skin layers penetrated.*
Dermaquest Pumpkin Resurfacer/Pumpkin Peel (Very Light)
This is an advanced exfoliation treatment, excellent for pimples, acne and hyper-pigmentation.* The peel improves skin hydration, supports the barrier function of the skin, refines the appearance of wrinkles, reduces existing acne and helps to prevent new acne lesions.*
This peel is usually undertaken in a series of six treatments, one to two weeks apart, twice a year.*
Pigmentation instantly looks lighter, and fine lines look softer.
Salicylic Peel (Light To Medium)
This is the most effective peel for men and women with active acne. The peels works by breaking the bonds between the cells on the surface of the skin so old and dead cells can be lifted away. This means that salicylic peels for acne or any other skin condition is more effective at penetrating oily skin and breaking down the excessive amounts of fatty substances (sebum) that clog pores.
A course of antibiotics may be needed in conjunction with the peel to achieve the desired result. Slight peeling may occur after three to five days.*
LA Theraderm Peel® (Jessner)(Medium To Deep)
LA Theraderm Peel® is a one-off peel performed after a bespoke two-week preparation period. It is suitable for men and women who seek improved smoothness and texture of the skin, increased collagen and elastin production, and diminished fine lines.
It is also ideal for acne-prone skin, and is suitable for all skin types, including Asian and Afro-Caribbean skin with the correct preparation.* The face, neck, hands and chest/cleavage can be treated at the same time. The skin starts to peel approximately three to five days after treatment.
It is advisable to have a few days off work while you are peeling or plan your peel around a weekend. You may require more than one peel; these peels can be performed every four to six weeks.*
What Can I Expect?
At your consultation we may recommend a pre-peel preparatory kit such as Obagi NuDerm®, comprising a balance of products designed to exfoliate, stimulate, protect and prepare your skin for the peel by increasing circulation and providing skin-building components, which will enable the peel to work better.*
Whether or not you have this preparatory procedure, the peel is applied all over a thoroughly cleansed face or body.* It’s left on for a specific time depending on your skin type and the area being treated, which can be from three minutes to overnight.
After the peel has been applied, it’s normal for the treated area to feel warm. However, some people feel nothing. Depending on the peel selected for your skin type, flaking or peeling will start to occur from one to seven days after your treatment. Some peels require one week’s downtime following application.*
These peels are not for home use, and they have to be applied in a clinic environment by a trained specialist.*