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Advent of fusion chemical skin peels

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There are many skin issues which are primarily caused by the accumulation of dead skin cells which makes the skin dull, thick and clog pores. Ageing also contributes to the dead skin cells accumulation. In order to turn back the clock of time and to achieve a fresh, youthful and glowing skin chemical skin peel treatments are becoming a popular choice due to the numerous benefits it offers.

What exactly is a chemical skin peel treatment?

Chemical skin peel treatment is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied on the skin that causes exfoliation of skin and then it ultimately peels off. The skin which surfaces is usually smooth and radiant with more even skin tone and less wrinkles. The chemical peels differ in strength and the amount of peeling they cause.

Skin conditions treatable through chemical skin peels

The primary benefit of skin peel treatments is that, it can be used for treating vast variety of skin issues which include;

Chemical skin peels has been used since ancient times in one way or another. Ancient Egypt queens used to take bath in milk which contains lactic acid. It exfoliates skin, improves radiance, and gives even skin tone and dewy complexion. With the passage of time, the skin peel treatment has evolved thankfully to the modern research in aesthetic medicine. The recent popularity of the lasers for treating lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and skin resurfacing, has caused a downward shift in the popularity of the chemical skin peels but despite that depending on the skin conditions, skin peel treatment still has a very important role to play among skin rejuvenating treatments.

 What is a composition of peels?

There is wide variety of chemical peels available that utilizes numerous topical acids in varying concentrations. In most of the peels the potent ingredients are either Alphy Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) like Salicylic acid or tricholoracetic acid (TCA), or may be Phenol which acts as exfoliating agents. The concentration of these acids in the peel determines the depth of the peel which can be from superficial to medium or deep. The results of the peel treatment largely depend on the depth of the used peel.

 Types of chemical skin peels

  • Superficial skin peel: it is also known as lunch time peel. it involves the use of AHA or some other mild acid solution that penetrates through the upper skin layer only for gentle exfoliation. This treatment is effective for mild skin discoloration and rough skin. It gives a refreshing and radiant skin.
  • Medium skin peel: this peel makes use of Glycolic acid of trichloroacetic acid to penetrate through the outer and middle skin layers to remove the dull and damaged skin layers. It can be effective in treating age or dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines, freckles, smooth rough skin, moderate skin discoloration as well as for treating some kinds of precancerous skin growths such as actinic keratosis.
  • Deep skin peel: It involves the use of Tricholoracetic acid or phenol that penetrates through the middle and deep skin layers to remove the dull and damaged skin. This treatment is effective in treating age spots, moderate lines and wrinkles, freckles and acne scars. It brings about dramatic improvements in the condition of the skin.

 The rise of Fusion skin peels

In recent times, fusion skin peel treatment is becoming a popular alternative to the standard skin peel treatments. There are numerous peeling agents which provide a whole new levels of skin rejuvenation when used in combination with other peeling agents such as anti-oxidants, anti bacterial, astringent, antiseptic, cells and tissue rejuvenating ingredients.

For the past many years, the peels have been offering their benefits in treating numerous skin conditions as discussed earlier  but now the peel manufacturing companies have infused potent ingredients together  through research and development, to offer one-step peeling solution which can be used for layered application or for passes. Most of the fusion skin peels can be safely used for all types of skin and for all skin tones. Majority of these fusion peel solutions have combination of glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid with TCA, phenol and resorcinol.

The fusion peels vary in depth from superficial to medium and deep strength peels. These peels are formulated carefully by the aesthetic medical professional and experts in the field who determine their formulation so these peels address multitude of skin issues without the need of other types of chemical peels.

Though Phenol peels are known for their high strength but for fusion peel these are reconstituted and formulated into lighter skin peels. The synergistic properties of fusion peels combined with the cell protecting ingredients, tyrosinase inhibitors and other skin hydrating ingredients greatly benefits skin rejuvenation at minimal expense and little downtime.

Nowadays, there are numerous fusion chemical skin peel treatments available in the market which has been formulated by renowned skin care brands such as  Peel to Reveal by Harley Street Formulations,  among others.

Some popular chemical skin peel systems

There are some of the innovative chemical peels that are known for their skin rejuvenating effects including Obagi Blue Skin Peel, Obagi Blue Radiance Peel, VI peel and P2R peel.

  • Obagi Radiance Peel and the Obagi Blue Peeling systems

Both of these are well-known chemical skin peeling systems that are considered to be brilliant in treating multitude of skin woes which include hyperpigmentation, dark spots, uneven skin tone, sun damage and acne scars. These peels are are formulated for gentle yet effective skin peeling for firmer, tighter, brighter , smoother and radiant skin immediately following the peel treatment.

The main difference between the Obagi Radinace Peel and the Obagi Blue peel is of the ingredients that produce the peeling effects. In Obagi Radiance Peel the main peeling agent is Salicylic acid while in Obagi Blue Peel the trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is the main peeling agent that are combined with other potent skin rejuvenating ingredients to produce a visible improvement in skin.

Obagi Radiance Peel is an ideal option for superficial skin issues like scarring on the other hand Obagi Blue Peel has a stronger base formulated to deal with stubborn skin issues such as age spots, lines and wrinkles as well as hyperpigmentation.

  • VI Peel

VI peel is another popular cocktail skin peel that is formulated to address the various skin damage issues, signs of ageing. This peel is a potent blend of trichloroacetic acid, Retin-A, salicylic acid, phenol and vitamin C. It can be effectively used on almost all skin types. It is relatively painless because of its anesthetic properties. Because of its ingredients, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines, blemishes while stimulating collagen production and reducing hyperpigmentation.

  • Peel To Reveal

This is a relatively new addition to the line of cocktail chemical skin peels but it gaining rapid popularity due to its highly effective results in treating numerous skin conditions without the use of any other treatment. It is a breakthrough in the new generation of cocktail chemical skin peels.

Peel to Reveal Harley Street Formulation

It is also a combination chemical peel that is a unique formulation of potent skin peeling and rejuvenating ingredients including TCA, Salicylic, Lactic Acids alongwith multiple skin brighteners and anti-oxidants like Glutathione(GSH), Kojic, mandelic, azaelic acids and papaya known for its antioxidants and immune boosting characteristics. It is also packed with the natural extracts including Arginine, Glutamine, Soybean, pineapple, licorice and bearberry. This peel has superiority over the other mentioned skin peels due to its powerful performance ingredients list. It effectively treats skin issues from different angles such as pigmentation, dullness, acne & acne scars, oil, texture, pores, the effects of photo-ageing / sun damage like decreased collagen.

See the table below to know more about these chemical skin peels.

 

Skin peel

 

Main Ingredients

 

Indications

 

Depth/strength (mild-medium-deep)

 

Downtime

 

Cost

(single session)



Obagi Radiance Peel


Salicylic Acid


Acne scarring, sun damage, age spots, hyperpigmentation, dull skin

Mild-medium No downtime


Starting

£90 
from




Peel to Reveal (P2R)

 

TCA, Salicylic,
Lactic acid, Glutathione,

Plus several other
skin brighteners, antioxidants & natural extracts

 

Pigmentation, dullness,
acne & acne scars, oil, texture, pores, aftermaths of photo-ageing /
sundamage such as decrease in collagen
 

 

 

Mild to medium

 

 

no downtime

 

 

From £100


Obagi Blue peel


Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

Acne scarring, sun damage, mild lines and wrinkles, age spots,
hyperpigmentation, dull skin

 

Medium – Deep


Downtime – heavy peeling possible

 

From£90


VI Peel

 Trichloroacetic
acid, Retin-A, salicylic acid, phenol and vitamin C

Wrinkles and lines,
dullness, pigmentation,  sun damage skin, large pores

 

Medium -Deep

 

Little downtime

 

 From £150

The highlighting qualities of fusion skin peels

The popularity of fusion skin peel treatments is due to their number of benefits which include the following;

  • Most of these peels are suitable for all skin types.
  • This treatment is designed to address variety of skin concerns such as rough texture, uneven skin tone, pigmentation, large open pores, sun damaged skin, acne and acne scarring, fine lines and dullness.
  • These peels give relatively longer lasting results than other traditional peel treatments.
  • These peels are a blend of powerful antioxidants, natural fruit enzymes and extracts, skin brighteners along with the fusion of chemical peeling agents in controlled concentrations for outstanding results.
  • The fusion peel treatment is ideal for the people from their mid 20s onwards with little or no downtime and can be performed during lunch time.
  • Stimulates skin cells renewal.

Due to these characteristics, fusion or cocktail peels are rapidly replacing the other kinds of peel treatments. These peels are also available in varying strengths and are used according to the skin type.

Concluding remarks!

The thing to remember while using even fusion peel treatment is that you should not attempt to try the peel treatments at home. Do- it- at-home chemical peel treatments can do you more harm than good. Always get the peel treatment from a professional aesthetic clinic or aesthetic practitioner who would suggest appropriate strength peel after checking your skin and skin concerns. When used incorrectly or in the wrong hands, these peels can even cause a severe damage to your skin such as permanent discoloration, extreme drying of skin, burnt skin and even make your skin extremely sensitive.

References

  1. http://www.skin-peel.com/FAQs_s/123.htm
  2. http://www.skin-peel.com/Fusion_Skin_Peels_s/62.htm
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10594578
  4. https://www.asds.net/ChemicalPeelsInformation.aspx

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