Superficial Chemical Peels

 Patient receiving a s superficial chemical peel, also known as a "lunch-time peel" to remove the top layer of dead skin cells.

A superficial chemical peel, also known as a "lunch-time peel", removes the top layer of dead skin cells. They are performed to give the skin a smoother appearance that is more even in colouration.

They can give a more radiant, healthy appearance to your skin. Superficial chemical peels can also soften fine lines and they work best when combined with other rejuvenating procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections for deeper wrinkling. Superficial chemical peels can also be of benefit if you have acne.

It is important to note that these peels are aimed at only the top layer of the skin. There are quite a number of other types of peels that can be performed by a dermatologist but they tend to penetrate the skin at deeper levels and have more side effects.

Superficial chemical peels can be used for:

  1. Photo-aged skin with fine lines and sun damage
  2. Pigmentation
  3. Acne

What is used in a Superficial Chemical Peel?

Superficial chemical peels can contain trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid and also salicylic acid.

 

What Will I Look Like After My Treatment?

After the peel is performed our Dermal Therapist at Northern Sydney Dermatology applies sunscreen and a light cover of make-up. The skin can be pink or red and you may have a slight tingling sensation. Over the next few days the skin may flake. It is important not to pick at your skin as this can increase your risk of scarring. Often you will require a series of peels, usually 4-6, and these are usually spaced 4 weeks apart.

 

Who Can't Have a Superficial Chemical Peel?

Superficial chemical peels should not be used if you are pregnant. They are also best avoided if you have recently had isotretinoin, a medication used in acne. Of course, if you have an infection on your face such as a cold sore then you should not have a treatment. For more information about these peels and to know if you would benefit from one, please ring (02) 9958 1555 and make a booking for a complimentary consultation with our Dermal Therapists.

 

Important After-Care Message

After your treatment, you will be given written information about after care. Don't forget to continue with sunscreen on a daily basis.