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History has shown that vanity can dominate over safety. In the 15th to 18th century, the “dead white” look had men and women jumping on the bandwagon, in a frenzy to peel their skin with white lead and sublimate of mercury and to use lead sulfate to remove freckles. Of course, if the occasional nose was removed in the process, it was all in the name of beauty. While beauty still may rate higher than safety on the list of priorities, modern technology has made it possible to combine the two. Nowadays, peeling skin does not necessarily mean the loss of precious facial features; in fact, most of the peels on the market today are safe and wait until you see what they can do for your skin! Here is a look at some of the more popular procedures.
Spot Laser Peel
If you’re looking to get rid of wrinkles in the lip area or around the eyes and shrink enlarged pores on the chin, the spot laser peel is perfect for addressing smaller facial areas. The process involves the use of a Smartxide laser to puncture many tiny holes into the skin’s surface, activating the body’s healing process and stimulating the production of collagen. The laser can be adjusted to suit the depth of the wrinkles. If you want to try a spot laser peel, be prepared to suffer from redness for a few days, but up to five years of wrinkle free skin may be worth the sacrifice.
Full Facial Peel
As the name might imply, this procedure is a little more intense than the Spot Laser. In this peel, and ablative CO2 laser works to penetrate deep into the skin to produce collagen. After a week of redness, you can prepare to see skin looking brighter, feeling softer, and having a more even tone.
The glycolic peel is a kinder gentler version of the above two. Considered the “beginner’s peel,” the glycolic peel is suitable for all types of skin. In the procedure, the glycolic acid is applied to the skin and left on to gently dissolve the glue-like substance that attaches dead skin cells to the skin’s surface. After the required time, the skin is cleansed and treated with a moisturizer and SPF cream. It will take six sessions about one week apart from each other to receive optimal results. You can expect some redness immediately following the treatment, but it should fade by the end of the day.
Multi Mask Peel
This peel uses a form of kojic acid, found in shitake mushrooms and Japanese sake, to renew the skin’s surface and eliminate unwanted pigmentation caused by free radical and environmental damage, and hormonal and environmental factors. It is also an effective component in the treatment of melanoma, a blotchy, brownish pigmentation. After the peel is applied, recuperation will follow in the form of a 28-day course of skin creams designed to inhibit melanin production. A day of redness is to be expected, and results can last up to a year.
Modified Jessner Peel
The Modified Jessner Peel is excellent for the medium strength treatment of sun damage, acne, scarring from acne, and pigmentation problems. It is similar in procedure to that of the glycolic peel. This treatment features a combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol for deep exfoliation. You may only require one treatment, but active acne may require a course of three treatments about three to four weeks apart. Results can last up to five years, but, be warned, the treatment is uncomfortable and may cause the skin to flake for up to a week after until the newer skin is uncovered.
Have you had a peel lately? Let us know what you do which one of these you find most a-peel-ing!