Monday, April 28, 2014

Naturopathic doctor in Toronto, Mesotherapy training institute - On Chemical Peels, Reveal and Refresh

this is a great article to share, especially with your clients
Chemical Peels and Your Skin

Chemical peels can improve the skin's appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it "blister" and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Renew The Look, Feel, and Health Of Your Skin

Most peels, especially those that are AHA or glycolic acid based,  create an even and controlled shedding of several layers of skin cells. This allows new layers to be exposed and produces a "fresh" appearance to the skin. In addition, new cells and collagen are stimulated, creating a more even skin tone.

The Glycolic acid peel is effective for use by men and women of any skin type, age or color.

Skin Peeling will help improve
skin appearance in all of the following conditions:

Fine Lines - smooths and softens lines and wrinkles. This includes laughter lines, crow's feet, brow lines, and crepey skin.
Acne Scar - a proven acne scar treatment that reduces and fades reddened acne scars, dark acne scars, and blemishes.
Sun Damage - reverses & removes photo-aged and sun-damaged outer skin layers.
Age Spots - lightens and removes dark spots, and blotches from your skin.
Blackheads - opens blocked pores eliminating blackheads & whiteheads, and smoothes rough skin.
Uneven Skin Tone - lightens and brightens your skin revealing a more even colored skin tone.
Large Pores - reduces the size, look, and appearance of large pores.
Hyper-pigmentation - reduces and improves the look of darkened skin patches and blemishes.

Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
Improve the appearance of mild scars
Treat certain types of acne
Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
Improve the look and feel of skin
Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling.
After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say "broad-spectrum" on the label, meaning it protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

How does the Peel work?
Peels accelerate your natural cell renewal rate and causes your skin to produce a controlled inflammation and also growth factors,  natural substances that help skin cells to survive and flourish.

One of the major benefits of peeling is that causes these cells to move forward from deep in the skin towards the surface. As these cells move forward collagen fibers are strengthened, excessive oiliness is normalized, follicles that have been blocked by cellular debris are uncovered, rough textured skin will look smoother and shallow lines are softened. Your skin will be noticeably clearer, smoother and younger looking.

Who Is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?
Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.
Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may need other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures.
Before You Get a Chemical Peel
Tell your doctor if you have any history of scarring, cold sores that keep coming back, or facial X-rays.
Before you get a chemical peel, your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain drugs and prepare your skin by using other medications, such as Retin-A. The naturopathic doctor may also prescribe antibiotics or antiviral drugs.
Work with your doctor to determine the depth of your peel. This decision depends upon the condition of your skin and your goals for treatment.
Ask your doctor in advance whether you will need to have someone drive you home after your peel.

How Chemical Peels Are Done
You can get a chemical peel in a doctor's office. It's an outpatient procedure, meaning there's no overnight stay.
The professional who does your peel will first clean your skin thoroughly. Then he or she will apply one or more chemical solutions -- such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or -- to small areas of your skin. That creates a controlled wound, letting  new skin take its place.
During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may ease that stinging. You may need pain medication during or after a deeper peel.

What To Expect After the Chemical Peel
Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until you get the look you're after.
Medium-depth and deep peeling may result in swelling as well as blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of seven to 14 days. Medium-depth peels may be repeated in six to 12 months, if necessary.
After treatment, you may need bandages for several days on part or all of the skin that was treated.
You'll need to avoid the sun for several months after a chemical peel since your new skin will be fragile.
Possible Complications
Some skin types are more likely to develop a temporary or permanent color change in the skin after a chemical peel. Taking birth control pills, subsequent pregnancy, or a family history of brownish discolouration on the face may make that more likely.
There is a low risk of scarring in certain areas of the face. Some people may be more likely to scar. If scarring does happen, it can usually be treated with good results.

For people with a history of herpes outbreaks, there is a small risk of reactivating cold sores. Your doctor can prescribe medication to prevent or treat that.

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