We often hear from people unsure about whether or not to have a chemical peel, and much of the blame for this uncertainty can be laid squarely at the door of everyone’s favourite Sex and the City character, the most excellent Samantha Jones, portrayed to perfection by Kim Cattrall.
Take a look at this
No wonder so many of you are put off. It looks horrific! So it’s time to put the record straight.
Back in the day when Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda were ruling the airwaves, it was generally thought that to do any good, a peel had to be made of very strong stuff indeed. Consequently, the most widespread ingredient was carbolic acid, a substance which is known to cause chemical burns. Google it – it’s nasty stuff.
These days, much has changed – including, thankfully, the products. The most widespread of these is something called glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is easy to control, so depending on your skin can be used in different concentrations. It’s particularly effective for fine lines, sun damage and general skin brightening. Importantly, if you’re recommended a higher concentration, you’re given a cream to apply daily, usually for a couple of weeks, to prepare your skin.
Other types of peel tend to use much gentler but no less effective ingredients which occur naturally, such as lactic acid (found in milk), tartaric acid (found in grapes), mandelic acid (from almonds and great for acne) and malic acid (found in apples and pears). Each has their own benefits and drawbacks, and your doctor or aesthetican should be able to choose the right one for you depending first on the condition of your skin and, secondly, what you want to achieve. Some peels are best for general brightening, while others work best on sun damage, wrinkles, acne scars and other conditions.
At Ethos we’ll never ever recommend a particular type of peel – much less perform one – until we’ve given your skin a thorough and detailed examination.
That’s our take on the whole peel thing, but check out this great piece from Sarah of the Prosecco Diaries blog.