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AHA Chemical Peels

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What is AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) Chemical Peeling?

AHA chemical peels essentially work by exfoliating the skin. They loosen and remove the layer of dead cells (keratinocytes) on the skin’s surface (the stratum corneum), thus revealing the smoother, healthier-looking layer below. 

Regular treatments can help with fine lines, brown marks and dry spots (solar keratoses). They also can help minimize acne scarring--and even help with the treatment of acne by stripping away the plugs where acne bumps can form

AHA peels can be done not only on the face, but on the neck, chest, arms and hands.  They’re often combined with microdermabrasion for even greater results. 

You can buy AHA products in drugstores and department stores, but these products are not permitted to contain AHA concentrations of more than 10 percent--too low, really, to have much effect on the skin.

Also, over-the-counter products usually have a high pH, or acidity, level, which further dampens their effectiveness. Stronger concentrations of up to 30 percent can be used only by trained professionals, including aestheticians.

The History of 
Chemical Peeling 

Cleopatra and the ancient Romans used various food acids to peel their skin. In the early 1900s, European and Americal women underwent 'non-medical' peels in salons with secret formulae, which were probably mild acids. In the early 1950s, the phenol peel was developed. 

This was a fierce deep peel that could remove years of wrinkles, but also gave peeling a reputation for complications - pigmentation, depigmentation, scarring and even abnormal heart rhythms due to absorption of the chemicals. However, when done under controlled conditions by an experienced physician phenol peeling is safe and effective. 

Trichloroacetic acid, being a more gentle acid, has made a comeback in popularity because although it will not make a 50 year old look 25 again, it rejuvenates the skin without the risk of serious side effects. Other agents used include combination peels and pyruvic acid.

How is a chemical peel performed?
A licensed professional will scrub your skin and use a mild toner to remove any oils before gently applying layers of an acidic solution to peel away the aged surface of the skin. Depending on the procedure, the solution is left on your face for a certain period of time before the product is removed. Then your skin will be wiped clean and an antibacterial cream will be applied to help with comfort and healing.

What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?
The proper skin care regimen is important to speed up the healing process, enhance results, prevent infections, and skin color changes. Cleansing, moisturizing, using sunscreen are highly recommended after a chemical peel. Avoid sun exposure during the early healing period. 

How often should I have a chemical peel treatment?
Frequency of chemical peel is dependent on the type of peel. In the case of milder peel, to achieve optimal results, we recommend a series of 4 - 6 peels approximately every 2 to 4 weeks. Results are cumulative, so the more peels you have, the better the results. Periodic peels thereafter help to maintain your results. However, repeated peel are not recommended for deep peel.

We recommend to add a mini-facial with this treatment

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