Facial Peels

Skin peels, also known as chemical peels, are cosmetic procedures designed to improve the texture and appearance of the skin by removing its outermost layer. There are various types of skin peels, each offering distinct benefits and catering to different skin concerns.

Glycolic Acid Peels: Derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid is a popular choice for superficial peels. It exfoliates the skin while addressing issues like fine lines, mild sun damage, and uneven pigmentation. This peel is often recommended for individuals seeking a refreshed and brighter complexion.

Salicylic Acid Peels: Ideal for those with oily or acne-prone skin, salicylic acid peels penetrate deep into the pores to unclog and remove excess oil. They can be effective in reducing acne, blackheads, and promoting overall skin clarity.

Lactic Acid Peels: Derived from milk, lactic acid peels are known for their hydrating properties. They are suitable for sensitive skin and help improve moisture retention, making them a choice for addressing issues like dryness and dullness.

TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) Peels: TCA peels are versatile and can be customised for different skin depths. Superficial chemical peels exfoliate only the top layer of skin, while medium and deep chemical peels exfoliate into the upper and mid dermis. They are effective in treating fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation irregularities. The recovery time varies depending on the peel’s strength.

Jessner’s Peel: This peel combines salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol. It is often used to treat more severe skin concerns, such as deep wrinkles, acne scars, and sun damage. Jessner’s peels typically require some downtime for recovery.

Mandelic acid peels: These peels have gained in popularity for their effectiveness and suitability for various skin types, particularly those with sensitive skin. Derived from bitter almonds, mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) known for its larger molecular structure compared to other AHAs, making it gentler on the skin. This type of peel has anti-ageing properties and helps with hyperpigmentation. 

Before opting for a specific skin peel, it is crucial to consult with a skincare professional to determine the most suitable option based on individual skin type, concerns and desired outcomes. Additionally, post-peel skincare and sun protection are essential for maximising results and minimising potential side effects.

Donna is a beauty therapist and medical micro pigmentation specialist. She works at the Kutting Room in Praia da Luz.



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