Chemical peels work by exfoliating the skin’s surface to reduce the appearance of blemishes, smooth skin texture, improve radiance and restore skin health. Peels are categorised by how deeply they penetrate the skin: superficial, medium, or deep. I opted for the Superficial Peel which is perfect for someone having a peel for the first time.
During the treatment, my skin was cleansed and a layer of chemical peel solution was applied to my face and neck. Even a superficial chemical will produce a tingling sensation on the skin, however, this mild discomfort only lasted a second or two. The peel was left on for a few minutes and then the peel solution was neutralised using water to remove it.
Superficial peels penetrate only the uppermost layer of the epidermis. They are often performed in a series to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Immediately after a chemical peel, skin becomes more photosensitive. Skinceuticals have an excellent SPF which was applied to my skin following the peel. It is essential that a broad spectrum sunscreen is applied daily post treatment, and that sun exposure is avoided or kept to a minimum. Superficial peels can become part of an ongoing monthly skin maintenance programme.
The Kelly Clinic is located at Suite 9, Bon Secours Hospital, Galway and can be reached via telephone at 091 786 841.