Peel

Chemical Peel Auckland

A chemical peel is a safe and controlled treatment that uses exfoliating acids applied to the skin to treat concerns like pigmentation, acne, scarring, ageing, rough texture, pores etc. Chemical peels leave the skin looking radiant and feeling fresh. The chemical acids applied to the skin breakdown the bonds between the skin cells. This allows for exfoliation or peeling of the skin to occur, which results in resurfacing. This removes the old, damaged skin and stimulates the new epidermal growth.

 

 

We pre-treat the skin with home-use skincare before applying the acid for a predetermined length of time. The strength of the acid varies and can be layered in order to increase its depth of effect. Some peels require a neutraliser application afterwards to stop its action and others are self-neutralising. 

After the peel soothing products are applied, sunblock is essential. Peels are not painful. They vary from a warm sensation to a prickly sensation. Peeling is not always obvious but peeling in sheets of skin is not ideal for most patients. We commonly treat the face, neck, back, decolletage and hands. We can treat any area of skin that has acne, scarring, pigmentation or ageing changes.

 

Before having a chemical peel, you will have an assessment of your skin by your doctor or skin therapist. If necessary, you will be started on topical skin care which will facilitate the best results and decrease the risk of unwanted side effects.

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There are multiple indications for Chemical skin Peels.

  • Sun damage
  • Ageing
  • Superficial to medium acne scarring 
  • Rosacea acne
  • Pigmentation
  • Anyone who has been on Roaccutane or similar medication in the last 6 months.
  • Anyone using photo sensitising medication or creams (consult with an aesthetic professional about this)
  • Anyone with Dermatitis or broken skin on the treatment site
  • Anyone who is pregnant and/or breastfeeding.
  • Anyone with allergies to peel ingredients (most common are nut and aspirin allergies) – first consult with an aesthetician about the ingredients.
  • Anyone who uses retinol and vitamin A creams within 3 days prior a peel treatment.
  • Anyone with excessive sun exposure 2 weeks prior a treatment
  • Anyone who has used cortisone medication in the last 6 months.


Please note – those who suffer from cold sores can have a flare up. You need to take medication for this a few days preceding the peel to prevent it from flaring up again.

This depends on the depth of the Peel and the condition of your skin. At your first consultation with the doctor or skin therapist, a treatment plan will be prescribed to treat your concerns.  Usually, four to six treatments are required at 2-4 week intervals but this can vary according to skin type, degree of skin damage and the desired levels of improvement.
Chemical skin peels are safe provided your skin has been well prepared, the administrator of the peel is well-trained and good quality products are used. It is also essential that you follow the aftercare advise given to you.