Superficial peeling is a form of gentle peeling, in which only the first surface layers of the epidermal coating are removed. Superficial peels used in aesthetic medecine are designed to remove dead cells, boost cell regeneration and facilitate the natural rejuvenation of the skin. For this purpose, the superficial peel uses fruit acids to delicately cleanse and exfoliate the epidermis. They are painless and have no side effects. This superficial peeling homogenizes the texture of the skin, stimulates the complexion, reduces fine lines and gives your face a youthful look.
The principle: mechanism of action of a superficial peel
The purpose of the peel is to remove part of the skin so that it can regenerate itself. The superficial peel only removes the outer parts of the epidermis. Since the epidermis is neither innervated nor vascularized, it is painless and has no adverse effects, such as natural skin peeling.
What is a fruit acid facial peel?
Fruit acids are the best active ingredients for a superficial peel. They have a slow, gentle action, so they act only on the upper layers of the skin.
From a chemical point of view, organic acids have an alpha hydroxy-acid AHA radical, hence the abbreviation AHA peel.
From a biological point of view, they are naturally mild acids such as glycolic acid from sugar cane, maltic acid from apples, mandelic acid from almonds...
How do fruit acids work?
The acid radical AHA disrupts the weak chemical bond of the corneocytes that form the superficial epithelium (stratum corneum).
These dead keratinocytes are separated and eliminated without desquamation, because each cell is detached individually.
This micro-abrasion of the stratum corneum eliminates the superficial lipidic film and any embedded impurities: the skin texture is smoothed, leading to a more radiant complexion, with skin that is both healthier and more radiant.
As a result, the deep epithelial layer (germinative base) accelerates its renewal in order to restore the lost thickness: the entire epidermis is rejuvenated.
Certain AHA acids (ferulic or mandelic) also act on the pigmentation of the skin, which interferes with the synthesis of melanin, the pigment of lentigos (brown spots or age spots).
Indications: Who is the fruit acid peel meant for?
It is a gentle peel most commonly used for prevention or as a remedy for light imperfections. It can be done for both men and women, at any age, at any season of the year, irrespective of your skin phototype (light or dark skin). No social avoidance is required: it can even be done between two meetings.
A superficial peel regulates the sebaceous film.
It erases the cutaneous surface film, made up of sebum and impurities, and clears up blackheads or dilated pores.
The skin is healthier, less oily and the microbial risk is decreased (prevention of acne). The AHA peel is exfoliating dead cells. This exfoliation homogenizes the texture of the skin and removes imperfections. The cross-epidermal distribution of your skin products will increase, leading to an optimized effect: no more creams will remain on your skin without penetrating well.
Your skin is instantly more beautiful, more sensual and softer.
A peeling with fruit acids increases the radiance of the skin.
A smooth skin texture reflects light better, leading to a radiant and luminous complexion.
A gentle peel rejuvenates the face, neck and cleavage.
The rejuvenation of the epidermis makes the skin more supple, younger and smoother.
How the Superficial Facial Peel works
This painless peeling can be performed at any time in our esthetic medicine premises in Dubai.
Before a fruit acid peeling at the Clinique des Champs-Elysées in Dubai
Your facial specialist will most often suggest home treatment 3 weeks beforehand to exfoliate your skin and slow down the activity of the melanocytes.
A dark skin peel (Melapeel®) may be advised on dark skin.
During a fruit acid peeling session on the face or neck.
On a washed and oil-free skin, your practitioner will apply the fruit acid solution, using a pad, brush or absorbent cotton. Depending on the area to be treated, a liquid or semi-liquid form (gel) will be chosen.
The duration of the session depends on the desired result: the peeling action is blocked at the end of the session with a pH neutralizer and rinsing.
Your Dubai peeling specialist will then complete with an emollient treatment.
It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
After a superficial peeling with fruit acids
It is recommended to avoid exposure to sunlight or any source of heat or irritation for a few days. No adverse effects are seen (redness or scaling).
Results of the fruit acid peel
The complexion is immediately more radiant, brighter and fresher.
Your skin will be softer, younger and more sensual to the touch.
Your doctor will give you advice on the advised number of sessions for a personalized protocol. You can have a fruit acid peel several times a year, as this superficial peel remains a gentle peel, which is never damaging to the skin.