We get the phone-calls all the time. (Especially since the introduction of the new SkinMedica peels…)
?I had a peel a week ago? and my skin never peeled! Did the treatment work??
Although I suppose it is counter-intuitive when you?re dealing with a skin treatment called a ?peel?, the happy truth is that scientific advancements in the beauty world have gifted us with new kinds of chemical peels that are formulated so that the same skin-glowing results are achieved without the sun-burn-like peeling process.
Early versions of chemical peels definitely made the skin ?peel? due to the extremely concentrated ingredients used. Newer versions however, are more elegantly created so that the same results are attained without the dramatic peeling (and subsequent down-time) aspect. These newer chemical peels still make the skin peel, just in a different way. Instead of one, highly concentrated acid being used (such as the chemical peels of yore), there is now a combination of acids (commonly alpha and beta hydroxy acids) used at lower strengths which results in the same skin improvement, but more subtle peeling.
It is important to remember that just because the naked eye doesn?t see peeling, it doesn?t mean your treatment didn’t work, or that you didn’t/won’t get results. As the acid-hybrid dissolves the surface, dead-cells, you can have thousands of skin-cells shedding at the same time ?- but because the particles are so small, they can be invisible to the naked eye.
The effects of properly administered acids to the skin are undeniable though, and you can?t argue with the proven science. On a molecular basis, alpha hydroxy acids (such as glycolic, lactic and citric) and beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic) loosen the hold dead-cells have on new-cells, forcing them to fall away. As a result, smoother, brighter skin is revealed underneath.
In addition to the advanced exfoliating component provided, these acids also cause the creation of new collagen and hyaluronic acid, which increases the overall thickness and youthfulness of the skin.
These molecular changes are also impossible to witness with the naked-eye. The closest comparison I can think of is when you are planting flowers. Each change and phase cannot be quantified exactly as it is occuring, however once nature has had a chance to take it?s course, the final outcome of beauty is undeniable. ?