Chemical Peel in Melbourne

No matter what your age, there are some skin care basics that are universal to help maintain healthy skin for life. Skin ageing is due to genetic factors as well as environmental factors, including sun exposure, dehydration, some medications, and smoking. These result in an uneven or blotchy appearance to the skin, due to age spots, uneven pigmentation, broken capillaries, fine lines and deep wrinkles. Medical skin peels at Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic are a great choice for those looking for a chemical peel in Melbourne for the neck, face or hand that helps to improve the look and feel of your skin. We also offer a chemical peel for acne scars, as well as many other peel types to address additional skin concerns.

What is Skin Peeling?

Skin is a dynamic organ. Every day, cells divide in the deep layer of the skin and migrate to the superficial layer called the epidermis. As new cells grow, old cells slough off from the epidermis. A chemical peel for the face or other area involves the application of a chemical solution, which causes an accelerated form of exfoliation of these dead cells. Skin peel treatment works by removing different layers of the skin, allowing damaged cells to be removed and replaced by fresher new skin during healing. The underlying skin layers are also stimulated to form new collagen and elastin, which in turn creates a healthier and more youthful appearance.

There are many different peels available. Facial peels are divided into superficial, medium and deep. In our clinic, we use superficial peels that remove the top layer of dead skin cells. A superficial chemical face peel is usually done using lactic and glycolic acids or alpha hydroxy acid. Whether you opt for a glycolic acid peel or a lactic acid peel, the treatment should ideally be performed once a week to rejuvenate the skin and decrease the incidence of acne and blackheads. In addition to the face, chemical peels can be performed on other areas of the body that suffer from sun damage or uneven pigmentation and scars, including the hands, neck, décolleté, arms, and legs.

What Happens During the Treatment?

The treated area should be free from cosmetic make-up. For one of the commonest peeling agents used, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid, the procedure is generally quick and easy to perform. The face is cleansed with cleansing gel and toner to strip the skin temporarily of its natural oils and allow the glycolic acid to be absorbed into the skin. The peel is then quickly painted onto the area to be treated. As the glycolic acid peel works, your therapist will watch the skin carefully so that the peel can be stopped and removed at the appropriate time – this can take 10 to 20 minutes depending on the strength and type of chemical face peel used. We can also use massage or steam to increase the penetration of the peel. Next, the skin will be neutralised with peel neutralising gel, and finally, a moisturiser and sunscreen are used.

The Benefits of Medi Peels

You may gradually notice a reduction in fine lines as well as increased smoothness of the skin. Depending on the ingredients used, you may experience mild to moderate flaking or peeling of the treated area over the subsequent week.

A chemical face peel is beneficial for:

  • Fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Rough and photo-aged skin
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Enlarged pores, blackheads and whiteheads
  • Acne and acne scars

Whether it’s a lactic acid peel for ageing or a chemical peel for acne, we’ll ensure the right peel is used to address your specific skin concerns.

Are There Any Contraindications to a Chemical Peel?

  • Taking Accutane or similar medication
  • Direct sun exposure in last 4 weeks
  • Taking blood thinning medication
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding in the first few months
  • Any injectable or fillers within 72 hours
  • Sunburn or active rosacea
  • Cold sore or fever blister without premedication
  • Waxing within 7 to 14 days
  • Skin disorders
  • Skin that forms keloid
  • Being a type I diabetic

How Many Treatments Are Recommended?

To gain maximum benefit, we usually recommend that this procedure be repeated weekly for 4 to 6 weeks to obtain a good result, which can then be maintained with a monthly chemical peel in Melbourne.

What Should I Do Before and After the Treatment?

  • Avoid direct sun exposure, spray tanning and sun beds for 3 weeks before and after a chemical peel for the face or other body part. If going in the sun, a high SPF sunscreen should be applied.
  • Discontinue Retinoic acids for 48 hours prior and after the treatment.
  • Don’t do heavy or sweaty workouts within 24 hours.
  • Don’t use make-up or perfumed soaps for 24 hours following treatment.
  • Don’t use saunas, steam rooms, public swimming pools, hot baths or showers for 24 hours.
  • Treated areas should be cared for by gentle washing with soap and water without scrubbing or rubbing.
  • Don’t pick off any dead or peeling skin, as this may cause bleeding and discolouration, or even mild scarring.
  • Avoid waxing and any kind of skin resurfacing treatments for 2 weeks after your treatment.
  • Any skin care cream enriched with vitamin A, E and C will improve the results.

Are There Any Side Effects for skin peel?

During the lactic, Alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid peel, you may experience a moderate burning sensation that lasts up to 10 minutes for each layer applied. Immediately after the procedure, your skin may feel a little hot and appear a little pink for a few hours.

Some people may experience a little redness, as well as tightening of the skin that’s similar to mild sunburn. This should only last for a short period of time and should not create discomfort.

Results will vary, but most people will see a significant improvement in their skin condition, especially if they combine treatment with skincare products which contain vitamin A, C, E and antioxidants.

To enquire about treatment with a chemical peel in Melbourne, contact Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic today on (03) 9686 0003.