All about skin peeling and resurfacing

The word peeling means to”peel off”. In beauty this means to peel off the skin’s outer layer. This can be done in three ways: resurfacing, chemical solution or heating.

Skin peeling has been used for thousands of years. It all started with skin abrasion which today is called dermabrasion. Then as now you abraded the skin by scrubbing it with an abrasive material.

The next method to be discovered was an acid that was put on the skin and that dissolved the skin. This is now called chemical peel. The latest technology for skin removal is laser peel.  Here you use laser light which removes the skin with the help of heat.

Peelings are performed at different depths. The deeper you go, the more effect you can count on.

Activates the body’s own repair process

The skin consists of three layers, the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous. However, as time goes by defects in terms of damage, wear and tear occurs in the skin. These skin damages are often spots, wrinkles scars scars and other imperfections in tone and texture.

Some skin problems are located in the epidermis and dermis. A peeling can in many cases be an effective method to remove these by removing the layer of they are located on.

The beauty of peeling is that it utilizes the body’s built in ability to repair itself. The DNA drawing that the body uses when it heals after a peel contains no defects. In this way, peeling can replace aged, time-worn, damaged skin with a fresh new layer of “newborn” skin.

A face lift tightens up sagging skin, but if you don’t take care of the skin’s quality, the result will be a lifted face with aged skin. That’s when peelings are used.

When it comes to wrinkles, peeling has primarily an effect on superficial lines or fine lines in the skin’s upper layers of the so-called surface structure. For treatment of what most people mean by “wrinkles” are normally treated with other methods. You can read more on our page about wrinkles.

Depth and method decides the effect

Different skin damages are located at different depths. Wrinkles and scars are usually located at the deepest, pigmentation and fine lines are located just above and skin tone and texture on top. Peelings are performed at different depths depending on what you want to treat. There are superficial, medium or deep peelings.

However, with deeper peeling you remove a lot of skin and therefore you can treat several skin damages. The new layer of skin also becomes thicker resulting in a more significant rejuvenating effect and a more long-lasting result.

The disadvantage with deeper peels is that they can provide a greater “damage” in the skin. This leads to more pain, a more difficult healing process, longer convalescence and increased risks.

So simply said, you can say that peels will always be a balance between what results you aim for and  risks, inconvenience and expenses that you are willing to accept.

  • A superficial peel provides a temporary regeneration of the skin, increased radiance and an even skin tone. The techniques that are used are microdermabrasion or chemical peels in one single treatment with no “downtime”.
  • A medium-depth peel improves the texture and pigmentation changes and provides a fresh new outer layer of the skin. Chemical peels of medium strength are primarily used which causes flaking, burning, a few days of convalescence and then one week of “social restrictions”.
  • A deep peel reduces fine lines, scars, age spots and other skin damages. The peel tightens and gives a new layer of the skin with a substantial rejuvenation effect. However, deep peels are performed with laser peel, dermabrasion or chemical peel and involves about 2 weeks of convalescence.

Inform yourself well before you decide

All the various methods descriebd on this page has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending on who you ask, you will get different suggestions on what treatment works “best” on you. Each clinic will highlight its method as something unique and very suitable for your skin problem.

You must inform yourself well, bbefore you decide IF a peel is right for you, WHAT method is current and WHERE you will perform the treatment. The information and links you find on this page will give you further help.

More information and options for skin peels

The information about skin peeling has been examined by Dr. Tore Nilsen from Vaxjo Medical Center

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