The myths and truths about peels

Posted on 03/11/2020

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Peels are a very popular but often misunderstood part of our skin treatment menu. Here Skin Team Leader Lauren clears up the misconceptions.

MYTH: Effective peels require weeks of downtime and raw flaky skin

TRUTH: This is only the case for old-style ‘deep peels’

The word ‘peel’ often evokes fear in many new clients as their interpretation of this is raw, flaking skin necessitating some ‘down time’ or having to hide away for a few days. In some cases this is true depending on the peel medium used and its strength; this will determine the depth of the peel in the skin.

But ‘deep peels’ which have become less popular over more recent years, would involve a general anesthetic and considerable downtime, due to the complete removal of the epidermis. The epidermis reinstates itself from the epithelial cells in the lining of the hair follicle.

MYTH: Aggressive peels get the best results

TRUTH: Deep peels can actually cause skin damage

This type of peel can have dramatic results but not without considerable inconvenience and potential risks. Conversely, this type of peel can be permanently destructive to certain cells in the skin and produce scar tissue, which will permanently have impaired function.

There are many other peels that work at a much more superficial level, only exfoliating the very upper layers of the skin – these are the only peels we work with at The Face Place.

MYTH: All peels do is exfoliate

TRUTH: Peels can stimulate collagen production

Exfoliation has its uses in terms of encouraging the skin to increase cell turnover, creating a ‘wound healing effect’ and slightly stimulating collagen production. When we use the term ‘wound healing’ it refers to stimulating a response in the skin that would occur with any type of injury large or small: processes are initiated to clean up debris and start healing and eventually laying down new collagen. In a controlled environment, this is very beneficial to the skin. 

MYTH: All you need is a series of exfoliating peels for best long-term results

TRUTH: Alongside exfoliation, you will eventually need to add skin nourishment

Peels create a smooth appearance at the surface of the skin and can aid in a temporary capacity of reducing breakouts and sloughing off very superficial pigment deposits and hyperkeratinisation (a build-up of dry dead skin cells). 

However continuous use of peels that are purely for exfoliation has limited effects on the skin and should not be administered indefinitely without feeding and nourishing the skin. After a point, exfoliating peels should only be used sporadically or as a medium to encourage absorption of nutrition, through either the peels themselves or home care. Many of the peels we do at The Face Place incorporate high levels of Vitamin A, C and peptides to stimulate gene transcription (DNA repair). The approach holistically improves skin cell health and therefore can be used for all skin conditions.

This philosophy is applied to all our clients at The Face Place and your skin journey will involve the gradual feeding, nurturing and protection of your skin, leading to beautiful, healthy looking complexion long term.

To read more about our FAQ's on peels, click here

From our Skin Team Leader, Lauren

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