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Chemical peels: nothing to be scared about

Always wanted to try a chemical peel? Here's what you need to know.

Getting a chemical peel might sound scary at first, but there is no need to worry. Many people are looking for a simple way to improve their skin without surgery, a facelift or injectables.

There are several strengths and formulations of chemical peels available and they are often used in conjunction with other aesthetic treatments. Chemical peels have the ability to significantly restore the quality and texture of the patient’s skin and treat problems such as pigmentation, acne and uneven skin tone

How does it work?
Chemical peels use a chemical solution, usually an acid, to ‘peel’ away the top layers of the epidermis in order to improve conditions such as acne, irregular pigmentation or wrinkles. Chemical peels have been in use for a number of years and are a highly popular way to improve the texture and look of skin. Over half a million people have a session performed each year. There are a wide variety of peels available, each with its own unique benefits. It is important to be educated about the use of these peels, and whether they may be right for you. Patients taking Retin-A may be more sensitive and should notify their doctor.

Peels help to stimulate epidermal production to revitalise the skin. It allows for better absorption of skincare products by increasing the permeability of the skin.

Chemical peels are performed on the face, neck, hands, décolletage areas as well as birth marks on the body.
They can be used to:

  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treat premature aging caused by sun damage and family history
  • Improve the appearance of scarring
  • Treat acne and blackheads
  • Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches caused by hormonal changes (pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause)
  • Improve the texture, colour and appearance of the skin
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Melasma
  • Chloasma
  • Keratosis
  • Ephelides
  • Reduce Stretch marks

One of the safest chemical peels currently on the market is Skin Tech. Dr. Reza Mia, a local medical aesthetics practioner was the first General practitioner in South Africa to be trained on the Skin Tech Chemical Peel Range which he uses. After a thorough evaluation of your skin, expectations and skin type, Dr Mia will advise you on the appropriate treatments available to you. The choice of peel also depends on the downtime and recovery period required by each individual patient

 For more information or to inquire about cost visit

Dr. Reza Mia.

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