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Peel away skin problems


Chemical peels are among the specialised services that the professional team at Aesthetico Medical Aesthetic Clinic provide.
In a media release, Anton Mathey, medical practitioner at Aesthetico says for the past decade, these therapies remained in the top five most performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures worldwide. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin with a controlled application in a safe and sterile environment to have predictable results. For aesthetic doctors, chemical peels are a cost effective method for facial rejuvenation that have successful results and complements all the newer technologies and devices.
Chemical peels offer results in most of the skin indications that worry patients including wrinkles, pigmentation, dull skin, acne, acne scars and even stretch marks. Though the various depths of peels determines the duration of change seen in the skin, different chemicals have different benefits for the skin. Using different chemicals, the same depth of peel can be tailor-made to suit the individual needs of the patient. This is why the training and expertise of the individual performing the treatment is important.
“Looking at studies available on peeling agents the best options to use for general skin brightness, pigmentation, keratinisation normalisation, fine lines and increasing of skin hydration, glycolic acid is the peeling agent of choice. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecule in the group of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and is able to penetrate the skin deeply and easily. It can also be mixed into certain facial washes, serums or creams in lesser concentrations as part of a daily skin-care regime to improve the skin’s texture. Lactic acid is a second option which works very well on skin hydration and general plumping. It is considered to be a milder peel than glycolic acid,” Matthey says.
The best peeling agent used for acne, congestion and general over secretion of oil, would be salicylic acid which is part of the beta-hydroxy acid family. The molecule is oil-soluble and penetration, anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial.
“In some cases superficial peels would not be adequate for certain skin conditions where the patient has deep dermal pigmentation, acne scarring, stretch marks and deep wrinkles; a deeper medical peel would be required for a total transformation. Most commonly trichloracetic acid (TCA) solutions are used and this can only be performed by a medical doctor or a properly trained medical aesthetic therapist. TCA requires downtime where the patient will experience flaking, redness, dryness and sensitivity,” advises Matthey.
“It is always advisable to do any kind of chemical peel at a reputable clinic with experienced therapists or medical doctors.”
For more information about this treatment or make an appointment to see Mathey, contact Aesthetico on 015 291 2404.