A medical peel is about removing the upper “dead” skin layer at accelerated speed, in order to make room for a new, smooth skin. A peel treatment can cause modest or serious exfoliation (flaking). Medical peels are also known as “chemical peels”. Different treatments exist and they work on different layers of the skin. So basically, the stronger the peel treatment, the deeper and more intense the results.
Chemical peels involve a process of applying a chemical solution to the skin which, after a day or so, begins to peel/slough off. This process can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands and even for the entire body. After the skin loosens and falls away, new skin is allowed to appear from underneath. The removal of dead skin cells stimulates the production of new skin cells. You will see a dramatic difference in skin color, texture and tone. The skin feels softer, smoother and has a very healthy glow to it. The peel creates an even and controlled shedding of damaged skin cells. For people at high risk of skin cancer, a light chemical peel twice a year is a great way to keep skin cancer at bay. They are also very helpful for individuals with skin blemishes, wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin pigmentation. Chemical peels can be used on all skin types and conditions for men and women.
Pumpkin Peel as a Facial Rejuvenation Treatment
Pumpkin peels are used to exfoliate the skin. They are made with the enzymes of the pumpkin, which brings nutrients and vitamins to the skin. A pumpkin peel usually lasts about an hour, and will feel warm when first applied to the skin. It might feel prickly to some. It will then change to a tightening sensation. Usually a series of pumpkin peels are needed to see results. Often times it is recommended to have 4 to 6 peels done, one to two weeks apart.
Pumpkin peels have been known to stimulate circulation and promote healing of the skin due to the beta carotene and vitamin A. Those with sensitive skin will be able to tolerate a pumpkin peel because it is not too intrusive. Clarity and skin smoothness will be seen immediately following a pumpkin peel. Other benefits of pumpkin peels include an increase in cell turnover, increased epidermal and dermal hydration, decreased fine lines and wrinkles, lightened pigmentation, collagen production stimulated, tightness of skin, and diminished acne breakouts. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits are also seen through a pumpkin peel. Proteolytic enzymes are found in pumpkin peels. These enzymes help break down the keratin bond between the dead skin cells. The outer layer of the dead skin cells will be exfoliated away without damaging the inner cells that are still alive.
A pumpkin peel will be applied to the skin and left on for 5 to 10 minutes, dependent on what condition the skin is in. The peel will then be neutralised. While the pumpkin peel is being neutralised, the skin will be stimulated and exfoliated. Stinging, redness, dryness and mild skin irritation are often results of a pumpkin peel. After the pumpkin peel, a moisturizer should be applied to the skin. A broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF should be applied to the skin to protect it from the sun’s rays. As with many chemical peels, the skin will be more sensitive than it was prior to the peel.
Some benefits of medical peels are: