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Chemical peel benefits, before and after

So you’ve made the decision to get a peel. You know all the ins-and-outs of what takes place during the treatment but do you know what to do before your facial peel or even after? Here’s how to make the most of your peel and ensure you get the full benefits and best result.

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Before Your Facial Peel

4-6 Weeks Prior to Treatment

To enhance the results of your peel, your physician should start you on a ZO® program based on your skin type. For patients with a high risk of pigmentation problems, your physician may recommend some form of bleaching and correcting creme.

5-7 days Prior to Peel

Avoid any form of laser hair removal, electrolysis, waxing or use of depilatory creams.

3-4 days Before Your Facial Peel Treatment

Discontinue the use of topical retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol and other potentially irritating products.

N.B: If you have had any procedure such as IPL, laser or microdermabrasion, avoid having a peel treatment until your skin has completely healed.

After Your Facial Peel

  • Don’t panic! Redness, stinging, itching, tightness, mild swelling, flaking, and peeling, are all normal reactions following a peel. The severity of these responses varies for each individual.
  • Exfoliation generally will start 2-3 days after treatment and ends by approximately day 5.
  • Avoid rubbing, scratching or peeling/picking the skin with your fingers while healing
  • For at least 7 to 10 days following the peel, avoid direct sun exposure to best allow your skin to fully heal. If at any time throughout the healing process direct sun exposure cannot be avoided, use Oclipse-C Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 protection as necessary. Apply very lightly and gently to avoid premature exfoliation.
  • Besides the Retinol Crème, do not use alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and other potentially irritating products until the skin has fully healed.
  • You should also avoid running water directly on your face while showering.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and consequent sweating until the skin has completely healed.
  • Do not have any other procedures such as facials, hair removal, microdermabrasion and lasers until the skin has fully healed.
  • Once your skin has healed, return to the daily ZO® program your physician would have recommended.

Types of ZO chemical peels

So we’ve told you all about the different ZO® Signature Peels we offer, but how does a peel in itself work to achieve skin rejuvenation? If you’re feeling apprehensive about getting a facial peel, it can help to know what exactly they are. Learn what a chemical peel entails and how it manages to give you revitalised and youthful skin.

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An Overview on Peels

A chemical peel is very simply a chemical solution that can be applied to the skin. It is designed to give a deeper exfoliation than your average at-home scrub, to help actually peel off the damaged upper layer of skin to reveal new, revitalised skin underneath.

Chemical Peel Benefits

Peels are one of the most effective ways to treat signs of ageing, discoloration and UV damage. Commonly used for the face, chemical peels can also be used on the body such as the neck and hands. They can be used to correct and reduce conditions such as a damaged skin surface, pigmentation, uneven texture, lines and wrinkles. They can not only reverse these skin problems but also increase the overall health of the skin.

Peels go beyond exfoliation to provide dermal and epidermal stimulation that help stabilise skin functions and support skin renewal. Designed to improve and correct a wide range of skin disorders, each treatment helps to achieve a specific skincare goal for every patient’s skin condition, lifestyle and skin health objective.

Are Peels Painful?

Chemical peels do sting but do not cause an extensive amount of pain. It’s a discomfort but you should not worry about experiencing unbearable levels of pain. Your tolerance is generally built up, with your skin health professional but you should always speak to them openly about what you can and cannot tolerate.

Find your nearest ZO Skin Health professional here.

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Types of Peels

There are three basic levels of intensity when it comes to peels; superficial, medium and deep. The intensity of the peel is entirely down to you, in terms of what improvement you want to see, the downtime you can afford to take and the level of irritation you can tolerate. Browse our chemical peels.

Superficial peels

These peels only penetrate and gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). It’s suitable for mild skin discoloration, rough skin and for general skin rejuvenation. Your skin may feel tight for a couple of hours afterwards but will return to normal following this. However, due to the mildness of this peel, regular treatment is needed to maintain its effects. 

Medium peels

This peel can penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. This type of peel can be used to improve skin pigmentation such as freckles and age spots in addition to moderate skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkle. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat skin growths such as actinic keratosis (chicken skin). Learn more about ‘chicken skin’ here. With a medium intensity peel, you may experience a slight stinging sensation when the peel is applied. Your skin may also go slightly brown or red in the days following the treatment and can take up to 6 weeks to return to normal. Although, you only need to return every 6 – 12 months to maintain its benefits.

Deep peels

This level of intensity is the most aggressive treatment that targets the deeper layers of skin. You can expect to see a dramatic improvement in your skin with this peel as it can help remove tougher skin problems such as melasma, deeper wrinkles and scars. This peel can cause some discomfort and visible peeling for a few days. Swelling can last up to 2 weeks, whilst skin redness can take up to 3 months to diminish. However, it all depends on the individual and your skin’s level of tolerance. Which is why it is so important to speak openly with your skin health professional and discuss the best option for you. Note that this peel can only be performed once.

 

An Acne Case Study

See how Ella Harvey from Harvey’s Skin and Beauty managed to beat her battle with acne. See the acne case study below where she used ZO Skin Health products and the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™ to achieve the clear skin she’s always wanted.

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Acne Case Study Participant Profile

Name: Ella Harvey

Age: 21

Location: Guernsey and London

Employment: Founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty

Bio: Ella suffered from acne for 3 years and was unsure of the cause of it. She used a number of different skincare ranges but none alleviated the symptoms of her acne. Following a consultation with a ZO Skin Health specialist, Ella was given a regime of ZO Skin Health products and a ZO Medical peel.

Below was the ZO regime she had to carry out every day for 4-6 weeks prior to the peel, to enhance results and prep the skin.

ZO At-Home Skincare Regime

Oilacleanse

AM + PM

Vitascrub

AM

Cebatrol Pads

AM + PM

Daily Power Defense

AM + PM

Tretinoin

AM + PM

Melamin

AM + PM

Melamix

AM

Glycogent

AM

Restoracalm

PM

Smart Tone SPF50

AM

ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™

For this particular acne case, Ella was recommended the 3-Step Peel™.

This peel is a solution of 17% salicylic acid, 10% trichloracetic and 5% lactic acids to remove the outer layers of the skin. A 6% retinol crème is then applied following the peel solution to stimulate deeper layers of the skin maximising collagen production, cellular renewal, anti-oxidant benefits and DNA protection. The retinol stimulation is continued with an at-home application at least 5 hours after the peel solution is applied in the clinic. A calming crème, which is hydrating and anti-inflammatory, is also given for at home application 3 times daily.

Find out more about the 3-Step Peel™.

Ella’s peel story

Ella experienced redness and peeling skin for 8 days following the peel, hear about her experience of the peel and the amazing results:

“After suffering from acne for the last three years, in November 2015 I had finally had enough. I had tried to clear up my skin with every method you could imagine, I even found out what my blood type was and kept to a very strict diet. So I turned to ZO for help. I was advised to have the 3-Step Peel™ and told I would have to prepare.

I was advised to have the 3 Step Peel and told I would have to prepare my skin before treatment, so Dr Shirin Lakhani prescribed Tretinoin and Melamix and told me to use this every day.  On the 20th of January, I had my 3-Step Peel™ at Wigmore Medical.

I arrived at Wigmore Medical and had a numbing cream applied for twenty minutes. The doctor then talked me through the treatment and asked me some questions to ensure that I had been using my products correctly. There was only a slight bit of discomfort when the 3-Step Peel™ was applied but I found on the second and third day the skin very tight and uncomfortable. The results are worth everything I went through with the preparation and the peel. I am very happy with the results and would definitely recommend this peel and I cannot wait to have my next one!”

acne case study


Ella Harvey is founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty.

Harvey’s Skin and Beauty offer the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™.

For other stockists of ZO products and peels visit: https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/find-zo-2/

ZO® Signature Peels: Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel

Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel is a unique at-home peel formulation. It uses a novel combination of papain and bromelain plant enzymes in combination with glycolic acid to exfoliate the surface of the epidermis, improving skin texture and tone. This safe and well-tolerated ZO® peel shows no apparent signs of exfoliation and is suitable for all ages, skin types and conditions. This at-home treatment breaks down the stratum corneum, allowing faster treatment results when additional ZO® products are used. It also allows for deeper benefits from any ZO® treatment protocol.

invisapeel™

Features and Benefits of Invisapeel™

  • A unique enzymatic at-home peel.
  • Smooths uneven, rough-textured skin.
  • Minimises acne post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • Reduces flakiness.
  • Stimulates epidermal renewal.
  • Replenishes moisture within the stratum corneum.
  • Revives dull-looking skin.
  • Aids lipid replenishment for skin barrier restoration and reinforcement.
  • Improves the visible signs of sun damage.
  • Suitable for all ages, skin types and conditions.
  • Easily applied to the face or other skin surfaces such as the hands, arms, and legs.
  • Can use as a continuous skin health treatment.
  • Helps stabilise the epidermis and skin barrier function.
  • Enhances the results of all topical agents.
  • Safe and well-tolerated with no apparent signs of exfoliation or irritation.
  • Optimises and accelerates treatment results from any ZO® protocol.

Key Ingredients

  • Papain, Bromelain Enzymes and Glycolic Acid (AHA): Provides epidermal renewal with invisible exfoliation.
  • Kukui Seed Oil and Safflower Seed Oil: Replenishes hydration and lipids for skin barrier restoration and reinforcement.
  • Dyglycerin and Methylheptyl Isostearate: Replenishes moisture within the epidermis.
  • Broccoli Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil: Reduces advanced glycation and minimises irritation.

How to Use

Invisapeel™ can be used for both the face and body as a continuous skin health treatment. After your GSR™ routine (cleanse, scrub and oil-control/tone), apply product and leave on for 1–3 hours. Cleanse skin thoroughly before applying other ZO® products. Use 2–3 times a week for best results. Depending on your skin’s tolerance you can leave this on overnight. This peel is ideal for non-facial skin, such as upper arms and back, especially when textural damage or uneven skin tone is present (acne, early scarring, pigmentation problems). Distinguished by its remarkable safety and tolerance (in rare cases, burning and stinging can occur on weak or sensitive skin and this can be eliminated by washing the skin).

Note: ZO Medical products should be prescribed and used under the advice and guidance of your skin health professional.

Hyperpigmentation treatment advice

Hyperpigmentation is when an area of the skin darkens due to the overproduction of the skin pigment; melanin. Some examples of hyperpigmentation are freckles, sun spots, age spots, under-eye dark circles and melasma. It is relatively common and usually a harmless condition. However, for some, it may be an aesthetic annoyance as it can affect any part of the body including the face, neck and hands.

hyerpigmentation before and after

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

There are various causes of hyperpigmentation from overexposure to the sun, picking at the skin and certain medications such as antibiotics, hormone treatments, and anti-seizure drugs. Although, for some, it could simply be a hereditary condition.

How Do You Treat It?

Dr Zein Obagi has created innovative programmes to improve the appearance of pigmentation on the skin.

Programme
Benefits
Products
ZO® Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System
  • Recommended as a starting point for treating melasma. Ideal for moderate to severe hyperpigmentation, especially melasma.
  • Treats severely dry, dull, rough and leathery textured skin to help soften skin and restore a smooth, healthy glow.
  • Improves skin with visible sun spots and sun damage.
  • Using this system 4-6 weeks before office procedures, and for 12 weeks afterwards will improve and deliver longer lasting results.
  • Can use this system to improve the overall quality, health, and appearance of the skin.
ZO® Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System
  • Ideal for the treatment of skin conditions either when hydroquinone treatment is completed or not advised.
  • Can also use this as a healthy maintenance system.
  • Use after completing a course of hydroquinone for 4-5 months to prolong results.
  • Ideal for when skin bleaching is not desired.
  • Treats uneven skin colours and tones.
  • Tackles skin texture and provides anti-ageing benefits to restore skin.
3-Step Peel™
For Professional Use Only
  • This potent stimulating peel provides longer lasting benefits beyond the temporary superficial improvements seen with ordinary peels.
  • Peeling is mild, with minimal downtime.
  • Designed for acne, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, texture roughness, large pores and dullness.
  • Promotes softer, smoother skin.
ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™
For Professional Use Only
  • Used to medically treat various skin conditions including acne, wrinkles, fine lines, skin pigmentation disorders and sun damage.
  • Controlled absorption and penetration
  • Easily mixed with TCA
  • Excellent anti-inflammatory properties
  • ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ Base
  • ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ Cleanse

Incredible Results

Click through the images below to see just a few examples of the amazing results ZO protocols can give you.

 

ZO® Signature Peels: Retinol Stimulation Peel

The ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel is ideal for skin that has a rough texture, uneven tone, dullness and lines and wrinkles.

retinol stimulation peel

Key Features of the ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel

  • A physician-directed, at-home peel that utilises Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair for epidermal renewal and dermal stimulation.
  • High potency 1.0% retinol encapsulated in time-released microspheres that penetrate the epidermis and deliver maximum efficacy with minimal irritation.
  • Provides superficial exfoliation, promotes cell turnover and stimulates deeper cellular activity for firmer more even toned skin.
  • Improves the appearance of the skin and also its ability to repair and renew itself.
  • Highly tolerable with no downtime.
  • Ideal for the face, neck, and chest.
  • Has potent antioxidant, anti-redness and anti-irritation effects.
  • Stabilises the epidermis and skin barrier function.

Benefits of This Peel

  • Repairs damaged surface skin
  • Strengthens skin and reduces sensitivity
  • Improves skin texture
  • Tightens large pores
  • Reduces and corrects abnormal surface pigmentation and sun damage
  • Minimises the appearance of fine lines
  • Brightens, smooths and tightens skin for a more youthful appearance

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Your At-Home Step

The Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair is a key at-home step for the ZO Retinol Stimulation Peel. But what are its benefits for the skin?

  • It has the highest concentration of retinol in an over-the-counter product retinol
  • It stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen production and helps even skin tone
  • Contains vitamins A, C, and E to provide powerful antioxidant protection, preventing future skin ageing
  • This anti-ageing serum also suppresses irritation and redness to restore a more youthful skin tone
  • But it doesn’t stop there, this incredible serum also hydrates and restores the skin barrier with essential lipids to reverse dry, dull skin

ZO® Signature Peels

Peels can be used to correct and reduce various skin conditions. From sun damage and hyperpigmentation, (including melasma) to rough texture, dullness and dryness. In addition, lines and wrinkles, laxity, scars and the overall increase of skin health are the benefits a peel can give you. But what makes the ZO® Signature Peels different? Find out everything you need to know below.

ZO® Signature Peels

There are peels for every skin colour, type, and condition:

Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel is used during skin treatments for better, faster and deeper results. It is ideal for those will flaky, dull or dry skin
ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel™ is used for anti-ageing benefits, but only after the skin has become tolerant to retinol or retinoic acid. This peel is recommended for those who’s skin has a rough texture, an uneven tone, dull or has lines and wrinkles.
ZO® 3-Step Peel™ is used for general exfoliation and offers a wide range of benefits. Consequently, it is great for many skin conditions from acne, to lax skin, sun damage, uneven tone or lines and wrinkles.
ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ can be used on all skin types and ethnicities for deeper repair, texture improvement, and skin tightening. For those who suffer from melasma, scars, severe laxity or severe texture damage, this peel is for you.

ZO® Signature Peels

A little more information on ZO® Signature Peels

The intensity of the peel relates directly to the improvement you will see and the downtime and irritation you will experience post-peel. Although depending on your time-demands, at-home peels may be more appropriate for a slower, yet still effective, cumulative treatment. Pre-conditioning the skin prior to a peel will improve skin health as well as accelerate post-peel healing. Furthermore, using retinol or retinoids consistently before a peel will help strengthen the skin to improve barrier function. If the skin is weak or dehydrated, it is not ready to be peeled.

ZO Controlled Depth Peel in Action with Surface Clinic

With the support of Wigmore Medical, we are proud to introduce the ZO Controlled Depth Peel to the UK. Two clinics have joined forces to bring this Designer Signature Non-Invasive Face Lift treatment to the UK. Rukhsana Khan and Rita Poddar have been trained by Dr. Zein Obagi in Beverly Hills and Dr. Sam Van Eeden in the UK.

What is the New ZO Controlled Depth Peel?

This successor to the original Blue Peel from Dr. Zein Obagi. This peel allows a new layer of undamaged skin with a smoother texture and more even skin tone to emerge. The ZO Controlled Depth Peel is able to reach the deepest skin layers where it stimulates the cells locally. Patients will be treated with a local anesthetic before this peel. The peel has a downtime of 7-10 days, which means your patients will experience redness and flaking during this period.

What is it good for?

This peel is great for men and women wanting to correct skin problems such as acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, tone, skin laxity or poor texture. We perform it in-clinic and can customise to your patient’s needs based on their skin type and specific goals. Depending on your personalised treatment, we may perform this peel under conscious sedation to minimise any discomfort during treatment. This skin peel will help to reveal a new and healthy layer of skin with improvements to tone, tightness and texture.

You can now offer the New Controlled Depth Peel in your practice via a specialised ZO client referral scheme.

This procedure costs approximately £1600 and we offer a professional fee of £150 to the referring clinician for managing the patient’s consultation. This will include taking regular photos and pre/post reviews which we expect the referrer to provide via email. The referring clinician is responsible for prepping patients and prescribing the correct ZO Medical range.

Click the images below to see what the ZO Controlled Depth Peel looks like over a 9-day period:


To find out more please contact Surface Clinic on 01274 579612 or The Peppermint Group on 0141 332 8895

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