The Dermaceutic skin peel is a medical procedure, developed in France, which is supported by a range of skincare products to be used at home for preparation and for after treatment. The peels can be used to treat a range of skin ailments, as well as tighten and exfoliate the skin. The peels are based upon alpha-hydroxyl and beta-hydroxyl acids, although each peel contains different chemicals which include: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or mandelic acid.
The various peels range from superficial to deep application, with deep penetration removing more skin layers. Deeper penetration is only used for more problematic skin types.
There are four main peels currently available: The mask peel is fairly superficial and suitable for skin prone to acne and for treatment of visible pores; The milk peel is generally used to invigorate complexions and smooth and soften the skin; The spot peel is used for skin pigmentation issues and malasma; The cosmo peel is used for stretch marks, wrinkles and dark spots.
During the treatment the skin will initially be cleansed and the peel applied. Many patients report a feeling of tingling and heat during the application. Once the treatment is complete the peel will be removed or washed from the skin. Generally sessions last around fifteen minutes and will need to be repeated every two to four weeks for up to four sessions. Depending upon the peel applied the frequency and length of application will be determined.
The cost of Dermaceutic peels can vary but tend to cost between £300 to £700 for a course of treatment.
Dermaceutic peels are a non-surgical method of invigorating the facial skin and can be used as an aid to treat acne, oily skin, wrinkles, stretch marks and melasma. It is claimed that Dermaceutic peels are entirely natural and discreet, enabling the patient to undergo treatment without it being obvious to those around them.
However, as with any medical procedure there are certain risks and side-effects to consider. It is common for patients to experience redness and irritation for approximately three days after treatment. Additionally those who undergo treatment are advised to avoid or protect themselves from the sun for at least one month after each treatment. To date there has been to report of any patient suffering scarring or any permanent damage.