As we emerge from iso, many are keen to do something with their skin to get their mojo back, according to Dr Vivek Eranki, a cosmetic surgeon at multi award-winning Cosmetique Cosmetic Surgery Clinic.

“For many Australians, isolation has been a wake-up call for the way they look after themselves and their skin. Investing more time into self care and generally bettering ourselves will be a positive takeaway from these challenging times,” he said.  “Skin peels have become increasingly popular in recent years and they could be exactly what your post iso skin needs.

“Unlike wrinkle relaxers or dermal fillers, skin peels are a beauty treatment which means patients can purchase low strength skin peels and apply them at home.  Deeper peels need to be undertaken by a trained professional. The way our skin looks and feels can play an immense toll on our self confidence. That is why I expect a spike in skin peels as Aussies return to their pre-pandemic routines and are in need of a pick-me-up. The question I receive more than any when it comes to skin peels is – do they really make you look younger? And the answer is, yes.”

According to Dr Eranki, there are five key things everyone needs to know about skin peels including what are they, what do they do, what is the difference in strengths, how long do they take, and can I do them at home?

“A skin peel, also known as chemical peeling, is a treatment that involves applying specific acids in order to peel off the skin. The acids are applied in different concentrations and combinations in order to achieve regenerated skin that has better texture, colour and plumpness,” Dr Eranki said. “Peels can range from mild or light, through to deep skin peels.”

According to Dr Eranki, skin peels can treat a wide range of conditions, including; acne, age spots, Melasma, uneven skin tone, sun damaged skin, fine lines and deeper wrinkles. “At Cosmetique, the nurses and dermal therapists personalise the peel and concentration for client’s skin concerns. In doing so, different depths of the skin can be targeted to achieve the desired aesthetic end result,” he said. “It is important to have your skin assessed in order to understand what type of peel would suit your skin best.  Different peels treat different issues and therefore deliver different results. Many of our clients want to rejuvenate the skin and look younger.  This can require more treatments and a higher concentration of acid.”

Many ask what is the difference between mild, medium and deep skin peels (and how do they make you look younger?) Dr Eranki states that skin ageing is evident through three key signs – wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. “A light chemical peel is used for milder skin conditions and more subtle rejuvenation. By removing the outer-most layer of skin, a light skin peel can increase brightness, improve skin texture and tone, and decrease the appearance of fine lines. For best results, light chemical peels require several treatment sessions,” Dr Eranki said.

“A medium chemical peel targets deeper layers of the skin to address more pronounced skin damage. This type of skin peel will result in visibly clearer skin – treating wrinkles and uneven skin tone. A deep chemical peel is a heavy once-off treatment that focuses on deep wrinkles, severe sun blemishes, and even pre-cancerous growths. This treatment is the most effective of all skin peels, however it is significantly most invasive for patients.”

Dr Eranki said, “The more-intense your skin peel is, generally the longer they will take. For a mild chemical peel active treatment can be as little as 15 minutes, whereas a deep chemical peel can stretch up to 90 minutes. When booking in your skin peel, I recommend finding a time in your calendar that accounts for some down time post-treatment. For a light treatment your skin will be mildly irritated and will take between one and seven days to heal, whereas for a deep peel your skin will take between two and several weeks to heal. The dermal therapist or nurse will be able to discuss this as a part of the consultation.”

According to Dr Eranki, deeper peels require a trained professional such as a nurse. Most superficial or mid strength peels can be purchased over the counter at pharmacies or beauty shops and can be applied by the patient as per the instructions. “At Cosmetique, skin peels are done by nurses and dermal therapists wo are trained in dermatology” Dr Eranki said. “To achieve the most effective and safest results from a skin peel, engaging with a trained professional is your best option. When engaging with a professional, they will conduct a skin assessment and discuss and take your expectations into account when choosing the skin peel right for you.”

Cosmetique is a leading Australian cosmetic surgery clinic with locations in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. They are passionate about providing everyday Australians with exceptional beauty, cosmetic, medical and surgical services to enhance their body confidence and allow them to feel the way they deserve. Above all, they abide by the principles of professionalism and utmost care to ensure their patients feel the way they truly deserve to.  Their most sought after surgical treatments include liposuction, breast augmentation, lip fillers, eyelid surgery, dermal fillers and fat transfers.

Readers also enjoyed our story about Derma Rolling for Hair Growth