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Facial Acid Peel

A facial acid peel is a cosmetic treatment that uses a solution containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) to improve the appearance of the skin. AHAs are water-soluble acids that are derived from fruits and milk, while BHAs are oil-soluble acids that are derived from salicylic acid.

 

Facial acid peels are commonly used to improve the texture and tone of the skin and can be effective at treating a variety of skin concerns, including breakouts, blackheads, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles. They work by removing the outer layers of dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, which are proteins that help to keep the skin firm and elastic.

 

Several Different Types Of Acid Peels

There are several different types of facial acid peels, ranging from mild to deep. Mild peels, such as glycolic acid peels, are suitable for most skin types and are effective at improving the overall tone and texture of the skin. They are often used as part of a regular skincare routine to maintain healthy, radiant skin. Moderate peels, such as salicylic acid peels, are more effective at treating specific skin concerns, such as breakouts, blackheads or hyperpigmentation. They are typically used on an as-needed basis, depending on the individual's skin concerns and goals.

 

Deep peels, such as phenol peels, are the strongest and most effective, but are only suitable for certain skin types and should be performed by a trained professional. They are typically used to treat more severe skin concerns, such as deep wrinkles or scars. Deep peels can produce more dramatic results, but they also come with a longer recovery time and a higher risk of side effects.

 

Before Undergoing A Facial Acid Peel

Before undergoing a facial acid peel, it is important to consult with a skin care professional to determine the best type of peel for your skin type and concerns. They will also provide instructions for preparing your skin for the treatment and caring for it afterwards.

 

To prepare for a professional facial acid peel, the skin must be clean and free of makeup, moisturisers, and other products. The skin care professional will cleanse the skin thoroughly and may apply a pre-peel solution to help the acid penetrate the skin more effectively. Once the skin is prepared, the acid solution will be applied to the skin and left on for a specific amount of time, depending on the type of peel being performed.

 

After the acid solution has been applied, the skin care professional will neutralise the acid and remove any remaining solution. The skin may be red, swollen, and sensitive immediately after the treatment, but these effects should subside within a few hours. The skin may also peel or flake over the next few days, as the dead skin cells are shed.

 

It is important to follow the skin care professional's instructions for caring for the skin after a facial acid peel. This may include using a gentle cleanser, applying a moisturiser, and avoiding direct sun exposure. The skin may be more sensitive to the sun after a peel.

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