Peeling. A “word” that we have read so many times…

on websites, articles and features about skin beauty.

  • Peeling that we can do by ourselves at home with special cosmetic products or even make it ourselves.
  • Peelings that are offered in beauty salons or spas, private clinics or hospitals.
  • Peeling that are categorised according to their composition into natural, chemical, herbal and mechanical or according to the depth of their action on the skin, into mild, moderate or deep.
  • Peelings categorised according to their form in scrubs or granules, solutions, creams or masks.
  • Peelings that promise to renew the skin, improve dull and rough skin, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, reduce blemishes and oiliness.

Aboutskin ‘s opinion

Peeling = Peeling or Exfoliation

Peeling is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove dead cells helping to rejuvenate the skin.

Is that all?

The peeling is the best friend of the skin because it helps it in all difficult times to solve problems it faces, such as adolescence with pimples or growing in fine wrinkles. It is the oldest skin beauty technique and medical peeling is the scientific tool that Dermatologist Karampoiki Vasiliki decided to study in depth the know-how and its evolution by offering personalized protocols to her patients.

Why is there a need for skin peeling?

The skin is a fantastic self-maintaining organ. Its main function is to protect the body from external “threats” and another equally important function is that of self-renewal and healing of its wounds .

As we age, the ability of cell renewal decreases even in healthy skin, resulting in dead cells accumulating on the epidermis and not only does the skin look less appealing, but also acts less effectively as a barrier!

More so when there are skin disorders such as dryness, pore blockage, or intense oiliness and discolouration. In such cases, skin renewal is even more important for a healthy and glowing skin.

We. shall not forget that

  • 5000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians mixed alabaster particles with honey and milk
  • Cleopatra also used buttermilk
  • French women applied wine to their face for smoothness and shine (tartaric acid)
  • In1882, Unna, a German dermatologist, reported the use of resorcinol, phenol, salicylic acid and TCA for scar treatment
  • In 1930, chemical peelings are imported to America from France
  • In 1961, Baker & Gordon introduced the well-known phenol formula
  • In 1974, Van Scott EJ, Yu RJ reported the action of AHAs on keratinization in patients with ichthyosis

Chemical peeling

The application of one or more chemical agents to the skin resulting in a controlled trauma in the epidermis and/or the dermis, resulting in the regeneration of damaged tissues and the the improvement of the appearance of the skin.

Chemical peeling, depending on the degree of penetration of the chemical agent, is divided into the following categories:

  • Superficial (the damage extends throughout the epidermis to the papillary dermis)
  • Medium Depth (destruction extends to the upper reticulum dermis)
  • Deep (destruction extends to the middle reticulum dermis)

Widely used substances are:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
  • Mandelic acid
  • Azelaic acid
  • Kochic acid
  • Jessner solution

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