Skin peels using glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids vary in terms of the concentration of these acids. This decides how strong the peel is. AHA – stands for Alphahydroxy acid. This is a family of acids that are usually derived from natural sources. Alphahydroxy acids work by loosening the cells and removing dead skin cells. It also weakens bonds between the cells and stimulates cell renewal. The lower levels of AHAs of about 4% concentration can be used at home - higher concentrations are usually performed by a trained therapist.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A pre-peel test is usually carried out 24 hours beforehand. It involves placing a tiny amount of acid in a discreet but sensitive area such as behind the ear and seeing if there is a reaction. On the day of the peel, the face is cleaned of all products and the acid is painted onto the face. It burns through the top layer of skin so the face becomes hot. A hand-held fan may be used to cool the skin. The length of time the acid is on the face determines the strength of the peel. The acid is neutralised, after about 3 -9 minutes, depending on the strength of the peel, by putting bicarbonate soda-based solution onto the face.
You will be instructed not to use any product apart from sunscreen for 24-48 hours. The skin will be extremely photosensitive. After a few days to a week the skin will have peeled, revealing new skin.
A truly glowing, clear and tighter complexion.
The burning process can be quite painful and the skin will be red or brown after the peel for 2 to 3 days. The peeling may be patchy at first and very susceptible to sunburn.