Medical Skin Peels

Medical skin peels have a huge variety of applications and conditions they can treat. They have been around for many years with extremely high safety data and results.

A skin peel is an acid solution that comes in a variety of strengths than can be used alone or in combination with each other.

At Ministry of Skin we offer a range of Medical Skin Peels.

The majority of skin peels are very natural solutions found in nature. For example, Lactic acid is from fermented sugars, Salicylic acid comes from white willow bark, Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and many other peels are made from fruit enzymes, such as papaya or pineapple.

Peels are used for 2 reasons:
1. The ingredient is chosen to perform a job specific to that peel, e.g. salicylic acid is great at dissolving oil in acne in open pores, lactic acid is great for pigmentation, mandelic acid is good for acne.
2. A strength or concentration is chosen to result in an amount of peeling. Generally, the higher the acid concentration the more skin peeling that will occur. The more peeling of the skin, the more downtime but results are quicker and better. However, a peel can be performed without any obvious peeling with the treatment simply utilising the properties of the ingredients to do a job.

In general, peels can be used for any skin surface irregularity. We commonly use them for general rejuvenation to refresh and revive the skin, to reduce pigmentation, treat acne, and improve open pores or as a skin preparation for a deeper treatments, such as laser or Dermamelan.

At MOS we hold a number of different peels in different strengths allowing us to customize your peels to your concerns. We have the expertise to assess your skin and apply the peel combination tailored to your needs and desired outcomes and downtime.

Each peel includes a consultation to address your concerns and desired outcome and plan a treatment to meet these.

Medical Skin Peels FAQ

What are Skin peels and how do they work?

Skin peels involve an acid solution being put on the skin. In the majority of cases the acids are naturally occurring products found in nature and can even be fruit enzymes. Depending on the skin concern, a particular peel is chosen to (1) Target the skin concern and (2) A concentration is chosen to produce superficial, medium or deep peeling. A skin peel does not have to cause skin
peeling to give a result, but the deeper the peel the quicker and more dramatic the results. However, a deeper peels does involve more risk.

Peels can be used to treat most skin concerns including general rejuvenation, ageing, pigmentation, wrinkles, lines, scarring, acne, open pores, dry skin, general textural irregularities and to deeply exfoliate and create a clearer, more luminous, smoother skin surface.

Which skin peels do you use/select and why?

We have a huge array of skin peels from AHA, BHA’s and fruit enzymes. Our expertise lies in our knowledge base that allows us to customize the exact peel for your skin concern and required downtime. We can also blend peels to combine them to allow treatment of different skin types within one individual.

What are the benefit of skin peels?

Skin peels have been around for many years and are the mainstay of skin rejuvenation treatments that consistently give great results. They are usually made from natural products, are easy to perform, great to individualize and leave the skin wonderfully smooth and luminous.

What areas do they treat/what do they treat?

Generally skin peels are used on the face.

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

Anyone can have skin peels, no matter age or skin type. However, with darker skin treatments are down at lower concentrations to prevent PIH.

The commonest skin concerns we treat with skin peels are:
Acne, open pores, oily or congested skin
Wrinkles and signs of ageing
Dull complexions

What preparation do I need before having one?

Please arrive at the clinic with clean skin, no lotions, creams, perfumes, powders and no makeup on.
Please ensure you have not had any active tanning in the last 2 weeks.
Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to protect your skin.
Ensure all spray tan is removed from the skin.
If you have a risk of cold sores, start taking antivirals 2 days before the procedure.
Do not consume alcohol on the day of the procedure.
Drink plenty of water for the 48 hours leading up to the procedure.
Do not have any other facial laser, IPL or RF treatments on the skin for 2 weeks before your treatment.
If you are unwell or have any skin infections on the areas to be treated, please call us to reschedule your appointment.
Please stop any retinols (Vitamin A) treatments 1 week before the treatment.

How the treatment is performed?

The skin being treated will be cleansed. The peel chosen will then be put onto the face with a brush or finger. The peel will be left on the skin for up to 10 minutes. The peel may also be layered with a further 1-3 layers of the peel being put onto the face, after 3-5 minutes. You will feel anything from slight tingling, to the skin feeling warm, to the sensation of burning. The therapist will be observing the skin reaction. The skin may be cooled with a fan during the procedure. The time the peel is left on will be decided on by the skin concern, the downtime requested and your skin’s response to the peel.

Is it painful?

Most peels can give a burning or tingling sensation on the skin, however this does resolve relatively quickly after the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

Most of our skin peels take 30-60 for the full procedure, including an LED treatment.

Is there any downtime?

The biggest benefit with MOS peels is that we can individualise the peel to your concern and requested downtime. We can perform peels with no downtime, minimal downtime or severe downtime.

What is the aftercare required?

Aftercare advise will be given to you and it is hugely important that they are followed to get optimal results and prevent any side effects.

Your skin may feel tender, warm, red and tingly for 24 hours.
The following day your face may remain red and be slightly swollen
On day 2 -3 the swelling and redness will reduce and the skin may start to feel tight.
Days 3-7 the skin may start to peel, (not everyone peels and this is fine.)

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments you require will depend on your concern and its severity. Many have intermittent peels just to simply rejuvenate and refresh their skin, like a pick me up when required.

When using peels to treat a concern, most will generally require 6-8 peels each 2-4 weeks apart. The deeper the peel and more severe the downtime (aka peeling), the quicker the results and less treatments required. However deeper peels require more aftercare and skin nurturing and recovery.

How long does the result last and when should it be repeated?

Results are permanent, however skin ageing is a continuum and that, along with the influence of your health, wellness, diet, lifestyle, exposure and medications will result in the skin constantly changing. You can repeat the procedure after every 2-8 weeks.

What treatments work well with this to ensure I look natural?

To optimise the treatments results, a home skincare regime will be recommended. LED treatments and facials can help the skin recover better. Dermal filler can be used for facial shape changes that occur with ageing and anti-wrinkle injections can be used to help reduce visible upper facial lines. Laser and SkinPen can be used to further treat any skin textural or colour concerns or stimulate collagen to tighten the skin.

Are there any side effects?

All cosmetic treatments come with side effects and at MOS we do everything we can to minimise these. For Skin Peels, these include but are not limited to:

Swelling of the area treated
Allergy to the ingredients – anaphylactic, rash, swelling
Pain, blisters, burning, tenderness, redness, inflammation, herpes.
Scarring, keloid scars
Pigmentation (increased or decreased) or redness: temporary or permanent
Increase of visible vessels
Under correction or no results
Eye damage if the solution goes into the eye
The peel dripping onto a skin area not planned to be treated

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