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 of 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 epidermis. As new cells grow, old cells slough off from the epidermis. A medical peel for the face or other area involves the application of a chemical solution, which causes an accelerated form of exfoliation of these dead skin cells. Skin peel treatment works by removing different layers of the skin, allowing damaged cells to be removed and replaced by fresher new skin cells 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 types of peels available and are divided into superficial, medium and deep. In our clinic, we use superficial and medium peels that remove the top layers of dead skin cells. A medical peel is usually done using alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids such as glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid. Whether you opt for a glycolic acid peel or a lactic acid peel, the treatment should ideally be performed on a regular basis to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of pigmentation, acne and acne scars. In addition to the face, medical 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, and arms.

Types of peels

Aspect Dr lactobotanical peel

Lactobotanical peel is an Alpha-hydroxy acid peel(AHA), derived from milk, which is combined with Canadian Willow Herb (an anti-inflammatory botanical) to create a unique peel with minimal downtime. In combination these ingredients target the surface layer or the skin (epidermis), breaking down the “glue” that holds the skin cells together, enabling faster cellular turnover, while attracting water. L-Lactic acid is amazing for treating acne, hyperpigmentation and dehydration, without the irritation. Lactobotanical peels come in a variety of strengths. They have a pH of 2.9-3.15, with lactic acid concentrations of 20%, 30%, 40% and 60%. We begin with the 20% strength peel (the mildest), and increase it every two weeks according to your skin reaction. This allows us to find the best peel for your skin, while minimising the risk of getting side effects because of a peel that’s too strong. A course of 3 -6 peels is recommended, with one peel every 2-3 weeks. Skin needs to be prepared with homecare products including Vitamin A and C. Depending on the strength of the peel your skin may appear flushed and feel tight for several days and discoloration may temporarily darken before peeling away. Increase in breakouts may be expected after initial treatments and indicates positive progress. There is a possibility of light to moderate peeling, which starts after day 2 or 3 and lasts for up to a week. Application of Physical sun block and sun avoidance is required after any peel.

Key benefits

Management of problem skin due to its purifying action
Potent skin hydrator
Improves skin texture and helps even skin tone
Stimulates cellular turnover
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

CosMedix pomegranate - nourishing and exfoliating peel

Pomegranate Peel is the perfect pick up me peel for all skin types, conditions and concerns. It’s an antioxidant resurfacing treatment that contains 15% L-Lactic Acid plus fruit enzymes and Pomegranate seed oil. Pomegranate peel is designed to gently exfoliate away surface skin cells and pore-clogging impurities, while infusing the skin with antioxidants including Resveratrol and Green tea extract that leaves the skin immediately smoother, radiant and glowing. It’s a great treatment for hyperpigmentation and environmental damage. A course of 3 -6 peels is recommended, with one peel every 3 weeks. There is a possibility of skin sensitivity and skin tightness for a few days after the peel. Application of Physical sun block and sun avoidance is required after any peel.

Key benefits

Superficial depth epidermal peel
Stimulates cellular turnover
Stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis
Increases skin natural moisture factor (NMF)

CosMedix purity - decongesting and clarifying peel

A gentle epidermal peel, perfect for oily and blemish prone skin that exfoliates your skin, decongests pores and eliminates toxins and impurities for a clearer, healthier-looking skin. The Purity Peel is using a combination of 10% encapsulated Retinol AGP plus a complex blend of Chirally Correct and purified acids including Salicylic acid, L-Lactic acid and L-Mandelic acid as well as Pyruvic acid a potent antioxidant to help combat free radical damages and repair the skin. This powerful blend also combines zinc and turmeric for added anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. What makes CosMedix Purity Peel so effective is the complex cocktail of ingredients that target the multiple causes of acne. Combining non-traumatic exfoliation from AHA’s and BHA to dissolve oil within the pores, plus the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties to support the skins healing process. The main benefit with this treatment, that you don’t get from traditional salicylic acid peels (often used to treat acne) is the addition of hero ingredient, non-irritating encapsulated Retinol that helps to regulate sebum/oil production, increases cellular turnover and repairs barrier function. A course of 3 -6 peels is recommended, with one peel every 3 weeks. You may experience more breakouts after the first few sessions as it detoxifies your skin.

Note: Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI need to be prepared with homecare products one week prior to the treatment.

Key benefits

Moderate depth epidermal peel
Inhibits bacterial overgrowth
Controls sebaceous glands activity
Can help to treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

CosMedix timeless - AHA & retinol age defying peel

This is one of the best to dramatically reduce the visible signs of ageing, and improve melasma, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scarring. Combining 30% AGP Complex with lactic acid, this peel generates immense activity deep in the skin to exfoliate dead cells and encourage healthy cellular growth and renewal while hydrating your skin at the same time giving you an age-defying, smooth-textured complexion. This peel requires 14-28 days preparation using homecare products including Vitamin A and all retinol. A course of 3 -6 peels is recommended, with one peel every 3-4 weeks. There is a possibility of light peeling associated with this peel, which starts after day 3 and lasts for up to a week. High SPF sun block and sun avoidance is a must for 2 weeks post treatment. Gentle home skin care is recommended for 2 weeks post treatment.

Key benefits

Medium depth dermal peel
Visibly reducing the signs of ageing
Treating sun damaged, thickened or mature skins
Stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis
Increases skin’s natural moisture factor (NMF)
Effective at treating hyperpigmentation and melasma
Can help to treat mild acne scarring

CosMedix deep Sea - marine polishing peel

A non-acid peel that utilizes manual exfoliation through the physical penetration of marine-based ingredients deep within the epidermis. Instead of using acids to dissolve skin cells and exfoliate the skin, it uses Coral and Seaweed extract to stimulate cellular renewal and regeneration as well as improving blood flow, oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin resulting in smoother, denser, more hydrated skin.

This peel works well to treat fine lines and wrinkles, photo-damage, mild problem skin and pitted scarring.
Deep Sea Peel is effective due to the chemical reaction that occurs when the sea herbs are massaged into the skin. The first concept to understand is that this peel’s effect is directly related to the level of absorption which is maximised through circular massage movements. The longer and deeper the massage, the deeper the peel penetration (and the more discomfort the client will feel).

This peel requires 3 weeks preparation for medium to darker skin tones using homecare products. A course of 3 -6 peels is recommended, with one peel every 3-4 weeks. Skin redness, soreness and sensitivity are normal for 3-5 days after the peel. High SPF sun block and sun avoidance is a must for 2 weeks post treatment. Gentle home skin care is recommended for 2 weeks post treatment.

Key benefits

Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles and improves overall skin texture
Stimulates cellular turnover
Increases circulation resulting in brighter, healthier and more hydrated skin
Can help with epidermal hyper-pigmentation
Stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis
Safe to be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

What happens during the peel treatment?

The treated area should be free from cosmetic make-up. For one of the commonest peeling agents used, alpha hydroxy acid or beta 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 acid to be absorbed into the skin. The peel is then quickly painted onto the area to be treated. As the 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 5 to 20 minutes depending on the strength and type of chemical 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, we finish your treatment by applying moisturiser and then sunscreen on the top.

What are the benefits of medical 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 peel is beneficial for:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • pigmentation and photo-aged skin
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • 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 medical 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 parts. 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.

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