Why is a skin peel beneficial?

Skin peels have become increasingly popular over time, and it is no wonder with the number of benefits offered by this treatment. Superficial skin peels involve the application of a chemical agent to the skin. This assists with removing the damaged outer layers and exposing the new, regenerated skin which is smooth-textured, even-toned and less wrinkled.


These controlled peels range in strength. Superficial peels can be performed by doctors and aesthetic therapists and allow for a minimally invasive procedure and are generally safe. As they target the epidermis the benefits can be seen for an array of skin concerns including:

  • acne
  • pigmentation
  • melasma
  • sun damage
  • Premature ageing
  • Stimulation of collagen production in the dermis


There are a variety of ingredients that can be used to assist with skin peels, but the most commonly used are the alphahydroxy acids (AHA), eg. glycolic, lactic, citric and malic acids, and Betahydroxy acids (BHA), eg. salicylic acid.
AHAs occur naturally in sugar cane, milk, and a variety of fruits, and have been used on the skin for thousands of years, beginning with the Ancient Egyptian women who would bathe in sour milk to smooth their skin.


When coming to IHA for a treatment our patients usually tolerate the peel very well. Sensations can include tingling, itching sensation or a feeling of warmth. Once the peel has been ‘neutralised’ the skin will once again feel comfortable, and perhaps a little warm due to increased blood circulation.
The degree of tingling or itching is usually indicative of the overall condition of the skin. For example if the client is using a good range of product at home and the skin is well-hydrated, they may not feel the peel as intensely as a patient that has not taken the care with their skin.


The bonds between the dead skin cells are broken down when the the acids are applied. The skin then slowly sheds these cells over the next 2-3 day. As a result, you may experience a sand-papery texture, mild flaking or a feeling of tightness over the skin. During this time hydration is of the utmost importance, as is a good quality sunscreen.
Following this short period of dryness or flaking, a more youthful, healthier looking skin becomes visible. So the skin typically looks it’s best 3-4 days post treatment, with a beautiful radiant glow!


The care you put into your skin after a peel is vitally important. The skins sensitivity will have increased after the peel, so excessive sun exposure must be avoided for the next 48 hours. Heavy exercise (especially cardio) should be avoided for 48 hours as perspiration will burn the skin, and will make the skin more vulnerable to bacterial infection. Do not use products containing active ingredients, like Vitamin A for 3 days pre- and post-peel.


We advise doing a series of skin peels over a period of time to achieve the best results for your specific skin concerns. Be sure to chat to your therapist regarding our other aesthetic procedures that can also be used to target problem areas. Some of our other treatments include laser, micro-needling and combination treatments together with a good home care routine for the best results.

Get in touch with us today and our therapists will be happy to assist.



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