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95. Conversations with a Skin Therapist - Benefits of a Chemical Peel

Updated: Mar 21

The end of the autumn season and heading into winter means it's PEEL SEASON! Time to slough off the summer sun damage, expose that youthful glow and have radiant skin for the festive season.



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Everyone has different skin concerns... what are yours?


Mine are pigmentation which is sun damaged caused from my excessive marathon training in the heat without wearing a hat, and also damage caused from my early years as an outdoor lifeguard. Thankfully, the damage caused in my late teens and early 20's has improved immensely, as has the pigmentation from my marathon training. It does mean I have to be very vigilant in the sun with my skin and my winter skincare regime is intense. One of the main warfare that I use to combat pigmentation is a course of chemical peels followed by retinol. This is something I started a few years ago and it seems to diminish the pigmentation from each summer and prevent it from getting worse in the years to come.


Chemical peels can provide several benefits for your skin. Here are five reasons why they are good for your skin:


1. Exfoliation:


Chemical peels help in exfoliating the skin by removing dead skin cells on the surface. This process promotes cell turnover, revealing a smoother and brighter complexion.



2. Collagen stimulation:


Chemical peels stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. Collagen is essential for maintaining skin firmness, elasticity, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


A Yooth Boost indeed!! Check out our post on Instagram - a sneak peak behind the scenes



3. Acne treatment:



Chemical peels can effectively treat acne by unclogging pores, reducing sebum production, and targeting acne-causing bacteria. They can help in reducing active breakouts and preventing future ones.


When Lauren joined our team she really struggled with her skin. By doing a course of six peels and using a prescribed dermalogica homecare regime her skin cleared up and she was able to maintain a healthy glow.


See her journey on our @orchidsretreat Instagram


4. Hyperpigmentation reduction:


Chemical peels can help in reducing hyperpigmentation, such as age spots, sunspots, and melasma. They work by exfoliating the top layer of the skin, which contains excess pigmentation, and revealing a more even skin tone.


As mentioned above, I've had several courses of treatments and used homecare to treat my pigmentation. You can follow my journey under the TREATMENTS highlight at the top of the page. There are a few other stories under TRIALS on our page to show the improvement.


5. Skin rejuvenation:



Chemical peels can rejuvenate the skin, improving its texture, tone, and overall appearance. They can help reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, giving the skin a refreshed and youthful look.



After undergoing a chemical peel, it is essential to follow proper aftercare to ensure optimal healing and minimize any potential complications.



Here are six common aftercare requirements:


1. Gentle Cleansing:


Use a gentle cleanser to cleanse your face twice a day, ensuring not to scrub or rub the treated area vigorously. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Ultra calming cleanser is so gentle it can be tissued off and can be used around the eyes!


2. Moisturize:


Apply a soothing and hydrating moisturizer to keep your skin moisturized and help with the healing process. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides.



3. Sun Protection:


Protect your skin from the sun by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Avoid direct sun exposure, and if you must go outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat and seek shade whenever possible.



4. Avoid Irritants:


Refrain from using harsh or irritating skincare products, such as those containing retinol or exfoliating acids, for the first few days after the peel. Also, avoid excessive heat, saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms.


5. Avoid Picking or Scratching:


It is crucial not to pick, scratch, or peel any flaking skin that may occur after the treatment. Let the skin naturally exfoliate without interference to prevent scarring or infection.


6. Stay Hydrated:


Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from within and support the healing process.


Spritz ever couple hours to calm, soothe and hydrate the skin - ultra calming mist


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It's important to note that the specifics of your chemical peel aftercare may vary depending on the type of peel, depth, and your skin's individual needs. Consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional for personalized recommendations.


Thank you for reading, if this was useful please 🩵 and if it could help someone in your network, please share.


Thank you ~ Diana x



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