Peeling is one of the most widely practiced procedures in aesthetic medicine for facial care or maintenance care, because it is so simple and efficient. But this commonness should not make us forget that it is also a medical act, whose main goal is to exfoliate the skin, regenerate it and boost its radiance.
There are actually three different types of peels, classified according to the depth of their action (superficial peel, medium peel or deep peel). This degree of abrasion determines both the indications, but also the side effects and possible social impacts. A gentle peel reconciles effectiveness and absence of undesirable after-effects, unlike a more aggressive peel, such as a deep peel with formaldehyde.
The principle: what is the purpose of a gentle peel?
The main purpose of a gentle peel is to make the complexion more luminous while boosting the cellular renewal of the epidermis, without creating side effects or socio-professional repercussions. It is therefore most often a superficial peel or a perfectly balanced medium peel.
A gentle peel will therefore not cause pronounced erythema, exudate, crusting or desquamation. It respects the skin, so it can be performed at any time, even before a personal or professional meeting.
Gentle peeling will therefore focus on the least irritating active ingredients possible, such as certain fruit acids.
Your esthetic doctor knows, for example, that a 10% mandelic acid solution allows for a gentler AHA peel than a superficial peel performed with other types of fruit acids. Indeed, mandelic acid has a larger molecular weight, which slows down its spread through the depths of the epidermis.
We can also control the duration of the peel, or the concentration of the peel. Your facial expert can also recommend a medium peel like Mela Peel. This special peel for dark skin offers two formulas, a gentle one and a stronger one.
The strong formula includes a keratolytic desquamant agent, while the mild peel formula uses depigmenting acids to illuminate the skin's complexion.
To perform a gentle peel, your esthetic doctor will therefore work with three elements:
- The choice of the active ingredient and its acidity (pH).
- Its duration of action, which he can neutralize at any time before the onset of any tingling: the longer a product acts, the deeper it penetrates.
- Acid concentration, dilution making it possible to reduce the strength of any product.
Indications: who are gentle peelings intended for?
A gentle peel is suitable for all individuals, men or women, regardless of their skin phototype. It is a recommended method if you want an effective treatment, without social or professional impacts, or if you have fragile or reactive skin, as is often the case with dark skin or, on the contrary, skin phototype I.
The course of a gentle peel session
This gentle peel follows the general protocol of any other peel. It takes place in a medical room of the Clinique des Champs-Elysées in New-York.
Before the gentle peeling session
Preparation at home is essential to optimize a gentle peel. It aims at exfoliating the tissues and limiting the pigment reaction, so that the peel acts as well as possible on the day of the session. This preparation can last up to 3 weeks.
During the gentle peeling session
Your face specialist will identify the right acid, its concentration and duration of action. A buffer solution helps to stop the action of the AHA peel at any time. At the end of the treatment, your doctor will apply an emollient moisturizer. The average duration is 15 to 20 minutes.
After a gentle peeling session
The primary objective of a gentle peel is the avoidance of any side effects. For this purpose, it can be combined with other procedures such as medical LED phototherapy. The patient should continue to follow restorative care and sun protection at home.
The results of a gentle peeling session
Gentle peeling provides a brighter, younger, more toned skin glow. It attenuates the small imperfections of the skin.
This light peeling can be done on the face, neck or cleavage.
To optimize the results of the gentle peel, a complete protocol recommends performing 3 to 4 peels, spaced about 3 weeks apart.
It can be repeated several times a year in order to maintain beautiful, fresh skin.
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