As a teenager, you think acne is the worst thing that can ever happen to your skin, but then as we get older pigmentation happens. I mean really, why must adulting be so hard? Statistically pigmentation is one of the biggest skin concern, with the causes being sun damage, inflammation or other skin injuries, including those related to acne.
What is Hyperpigmentation and how can you treat it?
Hyperpigmentation is a common condition in which patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits in the skin. A lot of big words, I know…
Thankfully, there are methods out there that can assist with treating hyperpigmentation. With sunscreen being a very important first step, as it cuts off exposure to the sun that will allow the skin to start its healing process. Apart from Sunscreen assisting with any further damage, one of the most popular and effective treatment options are skin peels and the Glycolic Acid Peel from Lamelle is the perfect starting point.
Glycolic Acid – Alpha Peel
The glycolic acid peels are one of the mildest and most popular types of skin peels available from Lamelle. This peel is great to prepare your skin before a more intense peel, like a Beta peel. The glycolic acid peel is specifically formulated to treat epidermal hyperpigmentation and an ideal lunchtime peel since there is no downtime after the treatment. The Alpha peel 20/30 is ideal for photo-damaged skin (hyperpigmentation, fine wrinkles & textural irregularity)
I recently visited one of my favourite aesthetic clinics, Exclusively You Aesthetics in Sunninghill for a Lamelle Peel. Now I have to admit this is not the first time I am having a Glycolic Peel done, as this was part of skincare routine before I fell pregnant with my youngest.
I always love visiting the beautiful mama to be Natasha as my pamper sessions are never done in silence. We are always exchanging skincare notes and sharing with me in depth her valuable knowledge on skincare.
Natasha has been working with the Lamelle product range for over 10 years now and always impressed with their attention to detail, constant product upgrades and delivering the latest in product development. Quoting her: “Lamelle Peels in particular are amazing to use, fully customisable and I can treat my clients concerns safely with excellent results. Lamelle has an incredible team behind their brand, and I feel confident in using their products.”
With my latest session, we decided to push my skin a bit, upped the strength, and applied the Alpha 30 Peel. A very intense and active peel that must only be administered by a qualified skincare therapist or doctor.
So how does it work?
The Glycolic Peel is time dependant, with key ingredients of 20% or 30% Glycolic Acid. This breaks down the corneo-desmosome bonds, (loosens dead skin cells) and increases dead skin cell shedding. This in turn will enhance skin-care product penetration, that instantly smooths texture straight after you peel, leaving you with a beautiful glow. When first applied it feels very itchy and tingly on the skin, but only last for 5 minutes and then is neutralised.
Where the 30% had a slight discomfort feeling, I can promise the 20% only have a slight tingly sensation that is honestly bearable and still feels like a pampering facial treatment.
So how many sessions are required before seeing results?
Definitely, a very important question, but we need to understand that unfortunately nothing ever rarely works with just one session. Natasha advised the following when asked this exact question: “This is a tricky question as each client skin will differ, depending on the severity of the photo-damaged skin. We would firstly need to determine the depth of the pigmentation and assess her homecare routine. I recommend doing a routine monthly peel, by doing this we can address the problem each time you visit. A course of 4-6 treatments will be required to get optimal results.”
There is no major post treatments to follow, as this is such a beautiful and quick lunchtime peel with no downtime. Your homecare routine going forward will be discussed with your therapist and made sure to suite your skin type. The biggest factor to remember is not to over exfoliate at least 7 days after your treatment and to slather on the SPF to cut off any sun exposure to the skin.
After my treatment, my skin did feel a bit sensitive and red due to turning up the strength of my peel. I only had a small amount of flaking around my nose and mouth and by day two my skin looked more refined, firm and beautifully glowing.
With this treatment ranging from R500, I would definitely recommend this treatment if you have any concerns on uneven skin tone.