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How does a chemical peel work?

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A chemical peel is a skin treatment that performs a chemical exfoliation on the top layer of your skin. It is particularly effective at treating problematic or congested skin, but in order for this to function, it’s always handy to know how this actually works and what actually does to the surface of your skin.

How does a chemical peel work?

A chemical peel is a solution that is lightly applied to your skin using an applicator pad or brush. It contains a mixture of different chemicals and acids in different concentrations depending on your choice of peel. The chemicals will aim to damage the top layer of your skin that is blocking your new skin cells from developing and emerging to the surface. This damage results in the skin cells on the surface dying and drying out, coming off in ‘flakes’ and peels of dry skin. The skin will then react by preparing a new fresh layer of skin cells to take the surface cells place, helping to rejuvenate the skin.

Chemical peels and collagen

Because of the controlled wounding on the surface of the skin, your chemical peel will kickstart your skin’s renewal and healing processes. Fresh skin cells are produced, but fresh collagen and elastin also begin to be produced to aid this new layer. This results in diminished fine lines, a little extra fullness to the skin, and a little added laxity. Over your course of chemical peels, your skin could then appear to be more youthful and boosted with vitality thanks to the renewed skin cells and collagen production.

Chemical peels and acne

Acne and blemishes are usually described as very oily and changeable skin. These skin types are prone to becoming congested, because the excess oil production can encourage dead skin cells to clog together your pores and hair follicles. This, of course, will lead to blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores. The function of a chemical peel is to strip the natural oil from your skin and damages the already damaged top layer of skin. It presses the reset button on your oil production and also exfoliates away the plugs that were stopping blemishes coming to the surface, allowing your skin to purge its congestion in the form of spots. Getting rid of these spots like this while stripping away the excess oil helps to guide your skin into more of a regulated oil production.

If you haven’t discovered the benefits of a chemical peel in Devon as of yet, why not get in touch with us here at James Willis Faces today to book your consultation and to get your chemical peel journey underway today.


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