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Benefits of Chemical Peels - How Often to Get a Peel

Posted Mar 06 2012 12:43pm
More than 5000 years ago, the Egyptians used a form of chemical peeling. They understood the value of lactic acid from milk and various fruit acids for skin conditioning. Thus, when Cleopatra relaxed in her milk bath, she was actually undergoing a chemical peel. Chemical peeling is basically an accelerated exfoliation induced by a chemical agent. Glycolic and Lactic Acid peels are light, safe, nontoxic, and generally have very few complications. Every day human skin undergoes the normal process of sloughing older dead skin cells. In there place, newer cells have traveled up through the layers of skin. Chemical peels accelerate this process by resurfacing the stratum corneum which stimulates epidermal growth, which makes the epidermis thicken. Secondly, chemical peels cause necrosis, or destruction of damaged skin. Ideally, the damaged skin will be replaced with healthier, normalized tissue by means of the skin's healing process.

Chemical peels may be performed repeatedly over time, a series of 6 to 8 treatments , performed weekly, will progressively improve skin texture, pigment, brightness and tone, and often control many types of acne. For clients looking for an intensified boost, most complexions can tolerate an 8-week series twice a year. Also excellent as part of a monthly maintenance facial.

Peels improve the texture of the skin and increase hydration. Peeling also improves the barrier function, moisture retention, elastin and collagen production, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and surface pigmentation. After treatments, skin looks and feels smoother and softer.

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