My Personal Medium Depth Skin Peel Experience
Updated: Nov 17, 2021
What is Skin Peel?
Skin Peel has come a long way since ancient times where royalties and ultra rich people soak their bodies in yogurt (lactic acid) and found that they have a much smoother and supple skin after that. It has since evolved many folds to the current much controlled and deeper peels.
How does skin peel improve my skin?
Skin peel in different depth works differently. Physicians generally categorized peels into Superficial peel, Medium Depth Peel and Deep Peel.
Superficial peel – A very mild acid is applied to the skin with the aim of just exfoliating the superficial dead skin. The skin generally looks brighter and cleaner after the treatment without much down time. Most people gets only a few hours of redness and the maximum down time is one day. This is sometimes called the celebrity red carpet peel as many celebrities wanted their skin to be perfect on events and they perform this treatment just before the big day.
Medium depth peel – A stronger acid/more layers of acid are applied to the skin to completely remove the epidermis, leaving behind the dermis. This treatment is good for patients who have pigmentation, deep acne scars, pores issue as well as wrinkles. Following this treatment, your skin will look firmer, brighter as well as clearer all due to the increase collagen and elastin, making your skin more youthful. Due to its depth, this treatment has a down time of 7 – 10days (this is the treatment that I have it done on myself, *see pictures)
Deep peel – much deeper than medium depth peel, this reaches the superficial layer of the dermis. This is seldom done nowadays as it is very painful hence warrants general anaesthesia as well as the risk of scarring is very high. Also ingredient for this peel such as resorcinol are toxic to the heart at high dose. Hence, it has since many years ago lost it lusts to the medical profession as many other peels can achieve similar result with much less complications.
By scraping certain layers of the skin, the DNA of the skin is forced to work extra hard to form new skin. Hence waking up the slugging dull looking skin, forcing it to form more elastic new skin.
Comparatively, the younger the age, the more active the DNA of the skin, forming better elastic skin. Just like the skin of a baby, that never needed any moisturizer but always soft, supple and has perfect complexion.
How is Skin Peel done?
Skin Peel is a medical procedure done by trained medical doctors. As it is an acid being applied to the skin, the physician must be able to diagnose and tell certain signs that indicate the depth of the procedure.
If it is a superficial peel, normally, there is no pain at all. There will be some tingling sensation during the treatment. The choice of superficial peels can be glycolic acid, mandelic acid, salicylic acid or Modified Jessner peel.
Before any peel, the face will be thoroughly cleansed and degreased so that the peel can be even throughout the whole surface. Without this step, there will be certain areas that will be peeled more severely than others.
The following step is the application of the acid to the face, depending on the depth, more time or more layers are being applied to the face. During this crucial step, doctor has to be diligently looking for signs of peel reaching the dermis such as pure whitish crusting, (texture akin yogurt).
After the desired depth is achieve, depending on the composition of the peeling agent, some may need neutralizer to be applied to stop the acid to continue peeling deeper. Some may not need neutralizer.
The last step is optional depending on doctor’s preference. It is a layer recovery balm/sunblock for faster calming effect.
What To Expect after Skin Peel?
For the 1st 1-3days, your skin will definitely be more sensitive than usual to touch. So, you must handle your face with absolute gentle care. The sensitivity seldom last more than 3 days as your skin’s DNA starts to be awaken up and form new cells.