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A chemical skin peel is a technique used to regenerate your skin and in so doing improve its texture and smoothness. It works by peeling off rough, dead skin thereby uncovering fresh and new skin. Skin roughness is caused mainly by the fact that, with age, there is a build up of excessive amounts of dead skin, which may lead to the blockage of the pores in the skin. The subsequent removal of this dead skin will result in the clearing up of the pores, thereby causing the skin to become smooth and firm.

Chemical skin peeling techniques have become very popular as they offer numerous benefits such as:-

  • Reduction in the visibility of lines, scars and acne
  • Effective rejuvenation of dull or rough skin
  • Replacement of dead skin with new, healthy skin

The action of chemical skin peels can be enhanced by using it in conjunction with a Medical Microdermabrasion, which is a pain free technique that exfoliates the skin to achieve more pronounced results.

When it comes to choosing a clinic, you must be very careful and thorough in your choice. The best way to ensure that you are obtaining accurate information about the provider when researching is to read reviews written by people who have visited the clinics. You could also call the company up and ask to speak to a consultant, who will be able to inform you about the qualifications and registration type that the company has. Some providers even offer free consultation and therefore you will be able to book yourself an appointment and discuss these issues with them face to face. Most importantly, you need to make sure that the clinic that you choose is registered with the Care Quality Commission. This is a governing body which is responsible for regulating and making sure that the quality of healthcare provided by independent clinics meets a set standard. Each clinic that is registered with the Care Quality Commission must assess and review its performance each year and pass this review on to the Commission.  Based on the review of the clinic, the Commission will carry out thorough investigations in to any clinic that it feels is not meeting the standards. Moreover, every clinic that is registered with the Commission must be assessed at least once every five years.

Once you have decided that you wish to undergo a chemical skin peeling procedure, you should set up an appointment with your consultant who will be able to answer any questions about the procedure that you may have. You must take this opportunity to clear up issues such as the qualifications of the medical staff as well as other queries for example, the clinics payment policy and what would happen if you were not happy with the results. The consultant will also check whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the treatment as well as the type of skin peel that you are best suited for.

There are two main classifications of skin peels namely the Agera peel and the Obagi Blue peel.

The Agera skin peel is the lesser invasive of the two techniques as it does not focus much on the actual peeling of the dead skin. Instead, it targets cells in the deeper layers of the skin known as fibroblasts, causing them to divide and produce a larger amount of collagen, which improves the texture and elasticity of the skin. Since there is very little peeling involved, this technique causes very little, if any skin irritation. Agera skin peels are often used with medical microdermabrasions in order to make them more effective.

The Obagi Blue skin peel, which is the more popular of the two, focuses primarily on the peeling away of dead skin. It uses a combination of Trichloracetic acid and a blue base, giving a warm sensation when applied. The procedure typically lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, and may cause a slight burning sensation for a few minutes following the initial application of the chemical. A day or two after the procedure, your old skin will begin to peel and may continue peeling for a week or so. During this time, you may experience redness as well as irritation of the skin. After the healing process is complete, you will notice a significant change in the appearance of your skin, which will continue to improve over the next six weeks. Since this kind of chemical skin peel is stronger, only one to three treatments may be required to achieve the desired results. It is important to note however, that with the Obagi Blue skin peel, a period of skin preparation is required prior to the actual procedure, and may last for approximately six weeks

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