10-07-2017 | Dermatologist | Facial Care , Specific Care , Skin

What is facial peeling?

We often talk about the importance of cleaning and exfoliating our face in order to improve the results of dermo-cosmetic treatments. In particular, you have surely heard of facial peeling. However we normally have doubts about what they are exactly and what it involves for our skin. In today’s post we are going to explain to you what facial peeling is and how we must introduce it into our beauty treatments.

The benefits of facial peeling

The concept comes from the English “peel”, which basically translates as the Spanish word “pelar”. It is a procedure in which keratolytic substances that cause mild corrosion on the outermost layers of the skin are used. This results in a subsequent process of exfoliation or flaking of the cells located on the outermost portion of the skin. Therefore the objective of peeling is to improve the quality of the skin surface that is undergoing a pathological alteration process, or simply the oxidation produced by our natural ageing. Doing this considerably reduces the dead cells of those outermost layers, releasing them and allowing younger cells produced in deeper layers reaching that level. This process of physiological rejuvenation is completed in around one month. If we eliminate this aged and oxidised stratum corneum, the nourishing treatments can penetrate more effectively and achieve beneficial effects in consistency, radiance and hydration of tissues. As such, it is useful to distinguish between chemical peelings depending on their keratolytic effect:
  • Due to the high abrasion power of chemical peeling its dermatological use is limited to 1-2 treatments per year.
  • However, more superficial and gentle cosmetic peelings are recommended more often: a minimum of once a week. Its effect is focussed on removing accumulated dead cells from this layer and giving way to younger cells that are more able to absorb all of the nutrients.
As such, this more aggressive and deep exfoliation process accelerates this natural process, stimulating cell regeneration and the microcirculation in blood of the surface of our skin.

What effects does facial peeling have on our skin?

It improves the overall appearance of the skin, which is particularly caused by the effect of ageing and sunlight. It therefore has many indications:
  • It lessens unsightly light scars,
  • It hides and corrects small wrinkles,
  • It lessens pigmentation disorders of the skin, particularly brown or brownish-grey spots that appear on different areas of the face (melasma or chloasma).
In short, it improves the skin surface, increasing its homogeneity and obtaining a clear rejuvenating effect.

Some dermatological recommendations…

We recommend carrying out a type of surface peeling, and you can do it regularly with the right products. Beforehand, and as a rule, we will identify which type of skin we have predominantly in order to look for the product and frequency that is best suited:
  • Mixed/greasy skin: Given that it is a type of skin with a greater component of greasy secretion, with a thicker external layer where more dead cells accumulate, we recommend carrying out peeling 1-2 times a week.
  • Normal/dry skin: They usually have a finer tissue component, with a tendency towards hypersensitivity. It is normal to carry out peeling once a month.
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