1550 BC. That’s a cool 3000 over years ago, and how long since humans have known that chemical peels are good for our skin. In ancient Egypt, Queen Cleopatra famously bathed in sour milk regularly to improve her skin tone and achieve great complexion. She probably didn’t know the active ingredient back then, but we now know the secret behind her beauty is lactic acid in sour milk.
Chemical peels are one of the most common cosmetic treatments available today, for good reason. They improve skin texture, uneven skin tone, treat acne and help with pigmentation such as melasma. Light chemical peels remain popular to this day even as lasers replace many of the benefits of deep chemical peels. Another good reason why it’s so popular is because there’s a suitable chemical peel for all skin types. Let’s explore why you should make it part of your skincare routine!
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure which works by applying a chemical solution onto the surface of your skin. Depending on the strength and type of acid solution applied, chemical peels is classified as light, medium or deep peels. The stronger the acid, the deeper it penetrates and the higher the risks of side effects.
We firmly believe that light peels are beneficial for you if done on a regular basis as it helps to remove the outer layer of skin. Medium or deep peels have a longer downtime and risk of pigmentary problems.
What are the Benefits of a Light Chemical Peel?
A light chemical peel can help to improve the following problems:
- Reduce fine wrinkles
- Unclog pores and improve acne
- Regulate and reduce excessive oil production
- Help to fade post-acne marks
- Improve uneven skin tone
- Improve skin dryness
What are the types of a Light Chemical Peel available?
Light chemical peels use mild acids such as alpha and beta-hydroxy acids (BHA). Commonly used acids include Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid, Mandelic acid and Lactic acid (like Cleopatra!).
Salicylic acid (a BHA) is a fat-soluble acid solution which works very well for oily skin types. It helps to control oil production, reduce inflammation and improves acne.
Examples of AHAs include Glycolic acid, Mandelic acid and Lactic acids. The depth of penetration depends on the size of the molecule, as smaller molecules go deeper into our skin. Glycolic acid penetrates the deepest whereas lactic acid the least. AHAs are great for treating fine wrinkles, dull skin, dry and dehydrated skin.
Where should you get your Light Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels should only be done by a well-trained aesthetician. Chemical peels must be precisely applied only to suitable areas based on a safe protocol. Some chemical peels also require a neutralizing agent to stop the chemical peel once the desired duration.
The various mentioned light chemical peels are available at SkinLab The Medical Spa. The well-trained aestheticians will assess your skin concerns and choose the most suitable chemical peel for you. In addition, they are well-versed in our Light Chemical Peel protocol to help you achieve the best results from the chemical peel.
How often should you do your Light Chemical Peel?
Light chemical peels can be done as often as once every 3 weeks. We recommend doing it once every 4 to 5 weeks with your facial treatment. This is available as part of SkinLab’s Signature Medical Peel Facial.
Who is suitable to do a Light Chemical Peel?
The beautiful thing about light chemical peels is that it is suitable for almost everyone. There is a suitable chemical peel for all skin types but do let us know if you suffer from sensitive skin, eczema or have a history of cold sores.
Most light chemical peels are unsuitable if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. The exception is lactic acid, as it is naturally occurring in human bodies.
Do consult one of the aesthetic doctors at SL Aesthetic Clinic if you are unsure if you will benefit from a light chemical peel.
What can I expect after a Light Chemical Peel?
After a light chemical peel, there can be some slight redness which goes away within a few hours. There may be some slight flaking of skin but there should not be too much visible shedding.
Your skin may become more sensitive to the sun for a few days. Hence, we recommend applying sunscreen daily and to avoid excessive sun exposure. You should moisturize your skin well to aid with the recovery for best results.
Your skin should look more radiant, clearer and smoother from as few as 3 days after the chemical peel.
How Much Does A Light Chemical Peel Facial Cost in Singapore?
90 minute SkinLab’s Signature Medical Peel Facial which includes a customized Light Chemical Peel costs $288 nett.