I have bad skin and am considering a chemical peel. My skin is

Friday, 8 February 2013

Should I get a chemical peel?Thank you so much for your enquiry. I understand your concern, but a chemical peel, provided it is correctly prescribed and correctly applied is an absolutely brilliant treatment. Make sure that the clinic you go to has got medical supervision, and make sure that there is a variety of peels, as a peel is not a “one size fits all” kind of treatment. There are various peels out there with different functions and they work in different ways. Some are suitable for sensitive skins, others are not. So make sure that you are going to a reputable clinic with properly trained therapists who know exactly what they are doing. If a peel is done and not applied according to protocol, it could be a very negative experience for you. It is absolutely imperative that you are also given proper pre-treatment instructions and then after the treatment you need to be given the correct post-care instructions so that you achieve the desired results with your skin. The correct peel needs to be prescribed for your skin type and condition and your sensitivity taken into account. This is the very reason why our Skin Renewal Branches have more than ten different types of peels that we do, and we also offer a variety of advanced peels for more specific needs and conditions. I can’t really tell you exactly which peel would be best for YOU without seeing your skin in front of me. The best idea is to ensure you receive a proper consultation with all your options explained to you.

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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. Queen Shai

    I would love to know how it goes and what it opted for. Very good advice.

    5 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    Jus make sure you out the sun for a while after a peel tho……

    5 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    Interesting, maybe I should try it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lah

    I really want to try one but need to finish laser hair removal first!

    5 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I’m scared to go for a chemical peel. But I know Skin Renewal very well and they are very professional.

    5 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Chemical peel…mmmm?….not so sure if i would go for one unless there’s someone i know who can personally recommend a salon or beauty therapist.

    5 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    This is such a helpful article! Thank you!

    5 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    chemical peels are amazing, it gives you a glow that you wont get from any other type of treatment. i love the optiphi peel.

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I also want to go for a chemical peel, but most places I ask don’t have different peel treatments :/ makes the choice of going pretty difficult if they don’t even do a consultation first.

    5 years ago •

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