Retinoic Acid Peels
Retinoic Acid Peels are perfect for those who wish to eradicate skin problems without having to resort to more invasive correction methods.
What is Retinoic Acid?
Retinoic acid peel is a type of chemical peel which uses retinoic acid.
Retinoic acid is derived from retinoids which is basically denatured vitamin A. It is chemically similar to Retin A, and has a very similar effect on collagen producing skin cells. Retinoic acid is actually so effective that it helps in active skin cell division.
Moreover, the retinoic acid peel helps seal the moisture in the skin even at the deepest level stimulating collagen production and behaves as an antibiotic as retinoic acid stops bacteria from growing. This peel is a very effective method of skin rejuvenation and acne treatment. The surface become a lot smoother, and evens the deepest lines and wrinkles are less visible, if not totally eliminated.
The practitioner leaves client with the chemical peel solution on the face and you must keep it over night without applying anything else on your skin till the following morning. There is a yellowish tinge to the peel but it’s very slight and not noticeable. There are no usual problems visible during the first two days. The peeling process itself begins on the third day onward.
What areas of the body can be treated?
The retinoic acid peel can be performed on areas including the face, neck, hands and décolletage.
How many treatments will I need?
Best results are seen after a series of treatments. A series of 3 treatments on a regular basis of 4-6 weeks apart are recommended or until you have achieved desired result. In order to maintain results it is best recommended to have the peel done twice per year.
What does the treatment feel like?
Depending on the individual you may experience some mild tingling and a warm sensation where the peel is applied but the sensation subside after a few minutes.
Is there a best time to do RR Peel?
Like most cosmetic treatments, anytime you are planning to get sun exposure is not a good time for this peel. You will also need to consider that you may experience noticeable peeling for up to one week so you will want to plan your schedule around it.
How long will it take?
15 minutes required.
One must remember that even though this procedure is there, it isn’t suitable for everyone.
You will need to talk to Our Skin Specialist regarding any of these possible contraindications:
- Patients with a history of allergies, rashes or other skin reactions or anyone with an allergy to salicylates (i.e. ASPIRIN®)
- Patients who have taken Accutane® within the past year
- Patients who have received chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Pregnant or breastfeeding (lactating) women
- Patients under the age of 12
- Patients with thin, fragile skin.
Pre and Post treatment Care
The following should be avoided 1 week before and after the treatment:
- Electrolysis, Waxing, Depilatory creams and Laser hair removal
- Any exfoliating products
- Any products that may be drying or irritating, including products containing salicylic acid, AHAs (including glycolic acids) and products containing Vitamin A or retinol.
- Shaving of the area to be peeled should be avoided on the day the treatment.
After the treatment you may be more sensitive to sun exposure. Take precautions by using a daily SPF 30. We recommend limiting sun exposure for at least two weeks after your peel.
We advise no to put apply makeup or any products on the skin until the following morning once you have washed the peel off. When washing your face do not scrub and use a gentle cleanser. Avoid “helping” the skin to peel, no picking or peeling. You may resume the regular use of retinols, AHA products, Vitamin C or bleaching creams only after the peeling process is complete plus another 7 days after.
We advise no gym or any strenuous exercise and no swimming or saunas for 2 to 3 days as perspiration may irritate the skin.