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Chemical peels

The chemical peel is one of the most honest skincare treatments around. It doesn’t hide behind fancy name. It is what it says: a chemical solution that harnesses your body’s natural processes of renewal, which can largely be summed up as “discard old skin cells to make space for new ones.” In other words it causes the skin to peel so that the new skin can grow in its place.

What can it do for you?

The idea of peeling away small amounts of skin might sound scary initially, but chemical peels are one of the most common treatments for correcting skin and achieving visible results – especially in winter, when skin needs a bit of a lift – simply because they have proven so very effective in rectifying damage and renewing skin.

How do chemical peels work?

To understand the science behind peels, what conditions they can help alleviate and to be able to make an informed decision, it’s best to start at the beginning: how renewal naturally happens in the skin. Different chemical types have their own properties, but generally, chemical peel acids penetrate the skin and break the bonds between the layers of skin, so the top layers will start peeling off. The type of peel, its concentration and the exact chemical composition will determine how deep it penetrates (and thus how deep the peel is). Always, but always have a peel done by your expertly trained and trusted skincare therapist. You’ll go for an assessment first, as one specific peel or combination of peels and concentrations might be best for your individual skin. Your therapist will know just what’s right for you.

Regenerating Skin

Lifecycles are very important in nature, and our bodies are no different. It is just as important for skin cells to drop off and make space for new cells as it is to live healthily. In fact, our bodies rely on it (cancer is a prime example of what happens when cells don’t “die” when they are supposed to).

We shed a lot of skin, constantly. In fact, your skin seems to completely renew itself every 30 days or so (ideally). Why? Because you skin is there to protect the rest of your body – it is designed to grow quickly from the deepest layers through to the uppermost, so that it can shed. This process allows your skin to keep impurities out of your body. And there are a lot of impurities to go around.

Nearly every minute of every day, your skin has to fend off a barrage of attacks from pollutants, chemicals, ultra violet rays, changes in temperature and climate, bacteria and a host of potential infections. These all pose a threat to you, and your skin is there to save the day. And, naturally, fending off these elements has an impact on your skin in the long run, especially as we get older and the natural renewal process slows down a little. This “impact” (damage) can show up in a few ways, from wrinkles, lines and sagging to hyper-pigmentation and even acne – all of which you’ll recognise as conditions you’ll want to have corrected timeously and effectively.

If, at this point, you were thinking along the lines of, “Hey, why not use the body’s natural regenerative processes to correct this type of damage?” then you are right on the money. Because that is exactly what chemical peels do.

How much skin do we shed?
It’s estimated that we have around 1,6 trillion skin cells on our bodies (estimated by how much of your bodyweight skin accounts for, because no one has managed to sit down and count them all yet). And we shed around 30 000 to 40 000 of them every hour – that’s around a million a day, or 3,6 kg per year.
What is the purpose of chemical Peels?
  • Erase imperfections
  • Remove damaged skin
  • Improve skin tone and texture
  • Allow new skin to grow
What conditions are treated with chemical peels?
Chemical Peels are used to treat:
  • Acne
  • Ageing
  • Hyper-pigmentation
But they are also great for:
  • Firming and tightening
  • Rejuvenation
  • Resurfacing of skin
  • Improving complexion
  • Stimulating healthy new tissue growth
What are chemical peels used for?
Chemical peels are used for the treatment of photo-aging (from sun damage), wrinkles, scarring, acne, precancerous lesions, and discoloration (including melasma, freckles, and age spots).
Can chemical peels be performed on dark/ethnic skin?
Yes, chemical peels are suited for any skin type.
What will my skin feel like after a chemical peel?
The state of your skin after a peel depends on the type of chemical used and your skin type. Superficial peels have limited effects. Medium peels may cause some redness and the deeper peels may require 10-14 days to recover.
How many peels will I need?
Generally chemical peels are done once every 2-3 weeks, until the desired results are achieved. Maintenance peels can then be performed once a month.
How long do the results last?
With good sun protection, results can last months, even years. This is dependent upon the depth of the peel. The deeper peels generally provide a long-lasting effect.
What are the risks of chemical peels?
Superficial peels are quite safe, although minor irritation of the skin can occur. The risk of deep peels can include infection, scarring, redness, and discoloration. During a very deep peel (administered under the care of a physician only), anesthesia should be used and vital signs monitored.
How long after a chemical peel before I can return to normal activities?
  1. Light Peels - The light peel takes approximately three to five days to complete the shedding process. No downtime required.
  2. Medium Peels - Medium peels usually persist for five to seven days. The skin may or may not flake and fall away. AHAs can produce some redness with little or no flaking, depending on the individual.
  3. Deep Peels - May take several weeks to fully recover. This type of peel is usually effective in treating hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles.
What is the most popular peel solution?
Glycolic Acid – probably due to the fact that all skin types benefit from Glycolic Acid - is the most commonly recognized chemical peel solution.
Salicylic Acid is also very common for use in acne treatments.
What to expect when considering a skin peel
Now that we have wrapped our heads around what chemical peels are and what they are used for, it’s important to note that, if you want to give your skin a bit of a pick-me-up, your first port of call should be your trusted skincare therapist.
  1. Your therapist will do an assessment beforehand, and make recommendations based on your skin and your requirements.
  2. More than one type of peel may be required to achieve results.
  3. A home-care and post-treatment regimen will be recommended for optimal results.
  4. Note that a chemical peel is not a once-off fix: several treatments over an extended period of time may be needed to achieve results safely.
  5. The peel is only part of the treatment: the entire treatment includes a whole array of products to prep and boost your skin.
NB - WE OFFER A VARIETY OF CHEMICAL PEELS (NIMUE LAMELLE NEOSTRATA & SKINTECH)
NIMUE ADVANCED REJUVENATION TREATMENTS
(These treatments may only be offered once the client’s skin has been prepared with a course of rejuvenation treatments. For Nimue users on phase 1 and 2 homecare products only)

35% Glycolic Treatment
An active skin rejuvenation treatment, a superficial peel that is for mature, dry skin.

What can a 35% Nimue Glycolic peel do for you?
Indicated for Enviromentally damaged, Hyper pigmented and Problematic skin. The Glycolic deep exfoliation aids in enhancing cell turnover, skin texture and tone.

How does it work
This is an active advanced Nimue facial treatment. You might experience a slight tingling sensation when the peel is applied. A mask is applied afterwards.This treatment is recommended in weekly or two weekly courses of 6 to 12 treatments.

7.5%TCA Treatment
An active skin rejuvenation treatment. This is a superficial peel that focuses on uneven pigmentation, sun damaged skin, uneven texture, dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, acne, enlarged pores and oily skin.
What can a Nimue 7.5% TCA peel do for you ?
Indicated for Enviromentally damaged, Hyper pigmented or Problematic skin. The focus is on uneven pigmentation, sun damaged skin, uneven texture, dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, acne, enlarged pores and oily skin.

How does it work?
This is an active advanced Nimue facial treatment. The Bio-active complex in combination with 7.5% TCA is applied to the skin for a superficial peeling effect resulting in a radiant, smoother texture and lightning of pigmentation. This is definitely an all rounder peel, with minimal down time. When the treatment is performed, you might experience a tingling, itching sensation, which is reduced by using a fan. This treatment is recommended in weekly or two weekly courses of 6 to 12 treatments.

(NEW) Nimue SRC Treatment System
This is the NEW advanced treatment peeling system that is indicated for the Hyperpigmented, Enviromentally damaged and problematic (acne and acne prone conditions) skin classification. The selection of active ingredients facilitates superficial peeling.

What can a Nimue SRC peel do for you?
The Nimue-SRC™ treatments are formulated for Environmentally Damaged, Hyperpigmented and Problematic skin classifications, depending on the skin analysis and required outcome of the Nimue-SRC™ treatment.

How does it work?
The new Nimue-SRC™ treatment system is scientifically formulated with a specific combination and concentration of acids to achieve desired results, followed by the new Neutraliser Plus concept that slows down the skin’s pH normalisation, while replacing bio lipids to increase repair of the skin.

This treatment is recommended in a course of 6 to 12 cumulative treatments done at 2 to 4 weekly intervals depending on the condition of the skin.
A) Beta Chemical Peel

The Beta peel range is a light superficial chemical exfoliation and the concentrations vary between 15%, 20% and 30% used in Lamelle’s professional protocols. The key ingredient of the beta peel range is Salicylic Acid which has been placed in a self-neutralising base.

What can a Lamelle Beta peel do for you?
The beta peel range is designed to create peeling of the skin and is focused on the treatment of pigmentation irregularities which include solar pigmentation, melasma and post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation conditions. In addition to this the beta peel range is very effective in the treatment of congested skin and acne.

How does it work?
This range may only be used by your Lamelle accredited Specialist or Aesthetic Doctor. The beta peel range consists of different concentrations of salicylic acid. The Beta peel range is a light superficial chemical exfoliation and the concentrations vary between 15%, 20% and 30%. The differences between the percentages indicated the depth of penetration. This treatment is recommended in a course of 6 cumulative treatments done at 2 weekly intervals depending on the condition of the skin.

Indicated for:
  • Treatment of Hyper-pigmentation
  • Treatment of congested skin and acne
  • Oily skin
  • Treatment of comedones
  • Treatment of acne
What to expect:
  • Approximately one minute after application, a very slight tingling becomes apparent, but only lasts about two minutes
  • Peeling is usually not visible
  • No social inconvenience (no downtime / recovery time)
B) Beta Plus Chemical Peel

The Beta Plus Peel 15% & 20% offer a less inflammatory peel option that’s anti-infective and suitable for drier and sensitive skins types. Beta Salicylic acid peels are a bit stronger and penetrate a little deeper for more dramatic results. Salicylic Acid is from the Beta-Hydroxy Acid family (where the name “Beta” comes from), related to phenolic acids.

What can a Lamelle Beta Plus peel do for you?
The Beta Plus Peel is less inflammatory and anti-infective therefor the best to treat acne, some hyper-pigmentation and ageing.

How does it work?
Beta Salicylic acid peels are a bit stronger and penetrate a little deeper for more dramatic results. Salicylic Acid is from the Beta-Hydroxy Acid family (where the name “Beta” comes from), related to phenolic acids. You might recognise Salicylic Acid as a key ingredient in some medical acne and skincare treatments and / or products. This treatment is recommended in a course of 6 cumulative treatments done at 2 weekly intervals depending on the condition of the skin.

Indicated for:
  • Treatment of acne
  • Some hyper-pigmentation
  • Some ageing
What to expect:
  • Minimal heat sensation of the skin soon after application
  • Peeling is usually not visible
  • No social inconvenience (no downtime / recovery time)
C) Lacti-firm Chemical Peel

Lamelle Research Laboratories introduced the range of lacti-firm peel products which is a professional product range used in Lamelle’s professional protocols. The lacti-firm peel range is designed for no visible peeling in most cases. Shedding will be accelerated but is not severe enough to cause social downtime The key ingredient of the lacti-firm peel range is Lactic Acid & DMAE.

What can a Lamelle Lacti-firm peel do for you?
Lacti-firm Peels are indicated for the treatment of skin textural irregularity, poor skin complexion, epidermal hyper pigmentation, to improve the appearance of fine lines and enhance skin-care product penetration.

How does it work?
The lacti-firm peel range consists of different concentrations of lactic acid. The lacti-firm peel range is a light superficial chemical exfoliation and the concentrations vary between 30% and 90%. The differences between the percentages indicated the depth of penetration. This treatment is recommended in a course of 6 cumulative treatments done at 2 weekly intervals depending on the condition of the skin.

Indicated for:
  • Treatment of Dehydration
  • Firming
  • Tightening
What to expect:
  • Tingling of the skin soon after application. Tingling increases with longer application times.
  • Peeling is usually not visible
  • No social inconvenience (no downtime / recovery time)
D) Retisore & Retistore Plus Chemical Peel

Lamelle Retistore Peel is a light superficial chemical peel because it will not “peel” the entire epidermis, yet its effect on basal cell division and activity is similar to a deep chemical peel. Retostore Plus Chemical peel is twice the strength of the Retistore peel. The differences between the two indicates the depth of penetration

What can a Lamelle Retistore peel do for you?
Retistore peels, a professional product range used in Lamelle’s professional protocols are indicated for the treatment of anti-ageing, poor complexion, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and uneven texture.

How does it work?
The key ingredient of the Retistore peel range is Retinoic Acid( form of Vitamin A) coupled with very effective skin restoration complex which means very impressive skin improvements with very little discomfort and virtually no risk. Retistore Peels falls between the age-prevent and the age-correct client, offering unique effects, taking a revolutionary step in the market of effective professional skin restoration This treatment is recommended in a course of 6 cumulative treatments done at 2 weekly intervals depending on the condition of the skin.

Indicated for:
  • Anti-ageing
  • Poor complexion
  • Uneven texture
  • Hyper pigmentation
  • Skin thinning
  • Reduced skin firmness
  • Fine lines
What to expect:
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Visible peeling on day 3, 4 and 5
  • Second day post treatment will present with a tight, slightly warm feeling to the skin. Up to Day five, the skin will NOT have a firm, smooth bright complexion yet. Between day five and seven, the results start to reveal themselves
  • Improvement in skin smoothness, firmness, glow and texture
Chemical peels cause skin regeneration and can be used to treat fine lines, photo-ageing, teenage skin problems, acne scars, pigmentation, keratosis and stretch marks. They can be used on the face, neck, décolletage and hands. Skin texture is refined and the complexion becomes clearer and brighter.

Genop Healthcare is proud to announce the launch of the Skin Tech range of extremely effective skin rejuvenation products comprised of 2 principal groups which complement each other: peelings and daily care creams.

Skin Tech offers a full range of peels with varying peeling depths, from epidermal to reticular dermis peels. They are effective, easy to use and particularly reliable. There are 3 different types of peels: Light, Medium and Deep.  
  1. Easy TCA
    Medium depth chemical peels for skin regeneration.

    What can Skin Tech Easy TCA peel do for you?
    Skintech Easy TCA peels are indicated for the treatment of Photo ageing, acne and post acne pigmentation problems (melasma, chloasma, postinflamatory hyperpigmentation) ichtyosis, keratosis, letigines, scars and stretchmarks)

    How does it work?
    Easy TCA is a special peeling system: Base solution to be mixed with TCA. Maximum security with post peel mask. This treatment is recommended in a course of 4 cumulative treatments done once every 8-10 days.  
  2. Easy Droxy Complex
    Superficial depth chemical peel. AHA complex peeling allowing a better efficacy. Patented technology combined peel in thick gel for a better application.

    What can Skin Tech Easy Droxy Complex peel do for you?
    Easy Droxy Complex are indicated for the treatment of Photo ageing and prevention of skin damage due to excessive exposure to the UVA/UVB, superficial wrinkles, skin fragility, early photoaging & chronoaging, smokers skin, dull skin, acne prone skin, dry skin.

    How does it work?
    Combination of: Glycolic+Lactic+Citric+Salicylic+KojicAcid. This treatment is recommended in a course of 4 cumulative treatments done once every 8-10 days.
  3. Easy TCA Pain Control
    Medium depth chemical peels for skin regeneration as opposed to destroying the skin layers. Patented technology with maximum comfort & greater efficacy on pigment problems.

    What can Skin Tech Easy TCA Pain control peel do for you?
    Easy TCA Pain Control is indicated for the treatment of Photo ageing and its consequences, acne and post acne pigmentation problems (melasma, chloasma, postinflamatory hyperpigmentation) ichtyosis, keratoses and letigines.

    How does it work?
    A solution that includes antioxidants is added to the TCA, ensuring a consistent, predictable and safe result with almost zero discomfort. SkinTech’s Post Peel Mask is applied afterwards, significantly reducing destructive inflammation and reduced redness, with almost zero social downtime following the peel.  As the new formula is also more potent, fewer treatments are needed to achieve your desired result. This treatment is recommended in a course of 4 cumulative treatments done once every 8-10 days.  
OPTIMISE RESULTS WITH SKIN TECH DAILY CARE

To optimise peeling results whilst keeping secondary effects to a minimum, Skin Tech’s daily care creams have been specially formulated for the most sensitive skins (between and after peels). Our range of products answers all your patient’s skincare needs.
What can a Pixel Peel do for me?
The Pixel Peel is our new and exciting treatment combining a TCA peel with a Dermapen needling treatment.This is the perfect treatment for fine lines or wrinkles, tired, dull looking skin, sun damaged skin and acne scarring.

How does it work?
Both, TCA peels and needling have been around for some time and we have seen some pretty amazing results with them when done as stand-alone treatments. The combination of the two treatments now allows us to use both methods to achieve an even more effective result in one procedure.

With the TCA peel we are able to peel to a deeper level in the skin which allows for improvement to deeper lines, sun damage and uneven texture. The TCA peel is designed to penetrate the epidermal layers in order to stimulate the skin at a dermal level, it does this via a chemical reaction and the depth to which it has an effect, will depend on the layering that is achieved in treatment.

By using the Dermapen before the TCA peel, it allows for a deeper penetration of the TCA into the skin as little micro-channels are created by the puncturing of the skin that then carry the TCA down. This “puncturing” also induces a wound healing response which means more collagen stimulation, resulting in improved structure, better circulation and nourishment to the skin.

As this is a more invasive treatment, downtime should be expected. This means peeling or flaking will occur on the skin and last for about 4 days. The skin will still look “normal”, meaning minimal to no redness and inflammation, and your normal routine can continue, albeit for a specialised recovery cream that should be used daily as your moisturiser. It takes about 2-3 weeks for the skin to recover fully and the results just keep coming!

This is the perfect treatment for fine and deep lines or wrinkles, tired, dull looking skin and sun damaged skin. For ideal results, we recommend a series of 3 treatments done at 3-4 weekly intervals.

Frequently asked Questions?

Is the Pixel peel Treatment painful?
For minimum needle depths Dermapen treatments are painless. For treatments over 0.5mm deep, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied 45 min before treatments and will render the treatments completely pain-free.

Soon after the application of the Easy TCA the skin will tingle slightly and the tingling will increase with time.

How long will my skin be red with slight swelling?
For about 48-72 hours after the treatment

When will my skin start to peel?
After the treatment the skin will feel tight and sunburnt. This is normal and expected. By day 3 the skin stars to flake and then actively peel. Keep in mind that this might not be the case with all clients,