Alpha hydroxy chemical peels

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Alpha hydroxy chemical peelsWhat is an alpha hydroxy or glycolic peel?

A superficial alpha hydroxy (AHA) chemical peel (also known as a glycolic peel) is a quick, no downtime procedure that renews the skin by lifting dead cells off the surface of your skin and stimulating metabolism of the cells underneath.

What preparation of the skin is needed prior to an exfoliation procedure?

After your initial consultation, you will be given a brightening cream which must be applied to the entire face daily for 10 to 14 days before the peeling process can begin. This will prevent the possibility of post inflammatory pigmentation that can occur after any exfoliation procedure.

What results can be expected after an AHA Peel?

Fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent
Skin tone evens out and there is an improvement of overall skin colour
Texture becomes more refined and smooth
Oily or acne-prone skin is improved
Tired, damaged skin is hydrated
Enlarged pores appear smaller and spots minimised
Colour and smoothness of old scars is improved
Skin appears healthier and more youthful
Skin glows and is radiant

What results can be expected after an alpha hydroxy acid chemical peel?

Usually the skin is normal immediately after a mild AHA peel and make-up may be applied after your session.
Depending upon the strength of the AHA chemical peel, a mild redness of the skin may occur following the procedure followed by mild scaling that ends within three to seven days.
Mild AHA peels may be repeated at one- to four-week intervals for a series of six peels until the desired clinical effect is achieved. With each additional treatment, you should see incremental gains in the overall appearance of the skin.
Your skin usually feels tighter and smoother but you may also feel a little sting or itch.
You will care for your skin by using a mild non-abrasive cleanser or other mild products for five days as well as protecting your new skin with adequate sunscreen of SPF30 or higher with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as an active ingredient.
In addition, it is best to avoid prolonged sun exposure.

How many treatment sessions are needed?

Results can be seen after the third or fourth treatment. For best results four to eight treatments are needed, two weeks apart.

For more information on Alpha Hydroxy Peels visit Skin & Body Renewal.

Image: Yuri Arcurs/Shutterstock.com

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Written by

Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa’s major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. Monahadi

    Anyone ever tried Regim-A peels?

    4 years ago •

  1. Nadine

    Having to go back for eight treatments – not so sure…

    4 years ago •

  1. StephanieM

    I guess it all boils down to who you go to… Their experience, expertise and product knowledge. Needless to say, we all have different reactions and some people may benefit more than others… Even though the final outcome sounds amazing, I must agree on having reservations about these treatments.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Wow, just the mention of a peel scares me. I’m happy sticking to light exfoliation and masks.

    5 years ago •

  1. McPherson

    This can’t be good for your skin?? What if it burns you or you get permanent skin damage

    5 years ago •

  1. margsc

    I did about 5 of them combined with laser therapy to reduce my pigmentation – didn’t do a thing for me. I didn’t see any improvement in my skin in general and very little effect on the pigmentation. And it cost me thousands of Rand!

    5 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    I much prefer an (mild) AHA peel to manual scrubs. Much kinder to the skin!

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    The results sound lovely, but the process is just a little bit scary – I don’t feel that I’m quite ready to take such (mildly) drastic action yet – will rely on my lotions & potions for a little while longer, LOL.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Interesting, sounds great but I’d be so nervous!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    I am too scared of something going wrong..

    5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I’m too scared of getting a bad experience.

    5 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Chemical peel, just the name alone sounds scary. Not something I ever see myself doing. Thanks for the article though

    5 years ago •

  1. me

    Do a proper check before deciding on a therapist

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi Stephanie

    Thanks for your question. There are some spas that offer semi-peels and peels (without the services of a dermatologist), however, if it is your first time, or if you have a particular skin concern, we’d recommend you consult your dermatologist first.

    5 years ago •

  1. StephanieM

    I want to get a series done, do only dermatologists supply this service or beauticians as well?

    5 years ago •

  1. jackys

    I will try anything right now. Sounds great.

    5 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    Peels definitely give a much more radiant look….it’s brilliant for the skin…

    5 years ago •

  1. lips&pout

    I went for microdermabrasion before, it clears up all those nasty blackheads and refines pores, they are also more freely available than they were before, I managed to snag a deal on Groupon.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Perhaps I’ll consider stuff like this when I’m a bit older. Right now my 25 year old skin is happy to exfolitate, moisturise, slick on sunscreen AND avoid the sun.

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I have one booked for later this month, my first one. Ive been going for microdermabrasion, and will add this into my routine alternating them.

    5 years ago •

  1. supamum

    I so much want to try this, but sunscreen makes my face unbearably greasy and itchy… So I won’t be able to do the after care the way I’m supposed to :-(

    5 years ago •

  1. Leana

    Chemical peel… sounds so dangerous… but maybe we should take a walk on the wild side. lol

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Would love to try it out, I want a radiant glowing skin.

    5 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    I am a fan of Chemical peels gives a glow you dont get from any kind of facial of product. this sounds like to much effort though.

    5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Will definitely have to keep this in mind in a while…

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Sounds great – but I think my skin is too sensitive to try

    5 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    Honestly, I have never considered a chemical peal, my skin hasn’t reached the point where I think it needs one either.

    Thanks for the info :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Nettie

    Interesting – even though i am quite scared to try it . does this chemical peel hurt ?

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I love my chemical peels, it’s a bit uncomfortable at first, but the results are amazing

    5 years ago •

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