Everything you need to know about face peels

As we head into the cooler months we seem to get a lot of clients wanting help to restore and rejuvenate their skin. Its also the optimal time to start treating pigmentation. This is when we get super excited to introduce our peels menu to our clients.

Now, when you hear the term “face peel” you might back away slowly, but these treatments can help with a myriad of skin concerns, from acne scarring to pigmentation, hydration and rejuvenation. These treatments should be embraced and used to their full potential. We want you to feel confident when booking these treatments so we have compiled a very informative list of do’s and don’ts and what to expect when starting the peeling process…

So we start with the obvious.....

What are face peels and how do they really work?

All face peels are designed to remove epidermal build up, to exfoliate and speed up your cell regeneration process, some removing more then others. It will depend on the type of peel you have. All face peels involve applying a topical chemical or natural solution to your face to excelerate the exfoliation process.

Types of face peels:

Depending on your skin concern you may need a deeper peel then others. Its always super important to look at your skin concern and the outcome you’re hoping to achieve.

Types of face peels

Depending on your skin concern you may need a deeper peel then others. Its always super important to look at your skin concern and the outcome you’re hoping to achieve.

AHA & BHA face peels.

Alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids. These peels will include a glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid, all in all quite light on the skin so these treatments can be performed with minimal to no downtime at all. These peels are fabulous for clients combatting oily skin or acne prone skin as they encourage the break down of the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, allowing for easier exfoliation. You can also experience a more modern take by introducing fruit enzymes and acids from other natural sources such as pumpkin, as well as active ingredients to further penetrate and deliver anti-oxidants and vitamins deep within the skin to encourage cell regeneration. We want to grow stronger and healthier cells.

We advise our clients in these treatments that they may feel a light tingling sensation and you may leave appearing slightly flushed, but it will then look instantly brighter and over time get noticeably smoother.

TCA face peels

TCA or Trichloroacetic acid peels are designed to be more of a medium depth peel to help treat pigmentation, sun damage and wrinkles. In these treatments the downside is they are a little more uncomfortable than lighter peels, the side effects can include swelling and inflammation you will also need to allow for more downtime. Your skin will noticeably peel and flake, so these treatments are best done over a period of time when you don’t have anything super special to be present for and can rest up for a week.

The upside though, is because you’ll shed so many layers, the fresh dewy skin underneath comes through brand spanking new and looks smoother in texture and gives more of an even tone.

Carbolic acid face peels

The strongest of the group. The phenol peel. This treatment is usually performed in cases of scarring, severe sun damage and deep set lines and wrinkles. It’s possible that you may need to be sedated to have this peel done and can definatly expect to be very red following the procedure. Downtime starts at a 1 week minimum. Your skin is going to become quiet scabby with a healing time of up to 2 months. It also needs to be performed across the entire face, you cannot treat smaller areas like in the cases of hyper-pigmentation.

The major upside, this treatment is insane. The results are super dramatic and can last up to two years for fine lines and wrinkles.

Should you use face peels?

Different skin types, different peels. Everyone can benefit from a peel, but we 100% recommend you talk to our skin team before embarking on your professional peel journey. Whether you want glowing skin or a smoother texture and if you suffer from skincare issues like acne, a peel is your go to!

What to do after a face peel

Each peel is going to have it’s own directions and requirements. If anything, never apply products that can severely irritate your skin post peel such as retinol. Hyaluronic acid will help to rehydrate your skin post peel so we recommend investing in a damn good moisturiser containing HA. We love the Bioline Jató super moisturising cream.

Super important to let the skin breath post peel. We recommend no makeup for up to 24-48 hours post peel then if you must to head out, then a light mineral foundation or natural powder like our Jane Iredale products.

Like any product application to the skin, make sure your applicators are bacteria free too. New skin is super prone to bacterial infection, so it’s essential that you’re taking extra precautions in making sure nothing dirty is coming in contact with your skin.


Now sit back and enjoy your fresh AF new skin!


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