What Is An Obagi Skin Peel?

7 05 2013

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Nowadays it seems that more and more people are turning to treatments in a bid to delay or reverse the effects of the aging process. From celebrities to the average person, it seems as though we are just not willing to grow old gracefully as long as there is a treatment out there to prevent that from happening. And for those who are serious about wanting to maintain a healthy, youthful appearance, there are plenty of treatments available, most of which do not even involve surgery. One such treatment, used to banish blemishes, acne scars, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and sun damage, is the obagi skin peel. Never heard of it? Then read on to find out more information.

What happens during the treatment?

If you are due to undergo an obagi skin peel treatment, here is what you can expect to happen on the day of the procedure. The doctor will remove the surface layers of aged and damaged skin using a low concentration of Trichlororoacetic Chemical Acid (TCA) mixed together with a special blue base. The old, dead skin cells will be replaced by newer, healthier ones, which give your skin an overall better clarity and tighten the surface of skin to give a youthful appearance and a healthy glow. The procedure should only ever be performed by a doctor who is highly specialised and has experience of using the skin peel.

And the obagi skin peel is not limited to use on the face either; it can be applied to the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs to help dramatically improve the patient’s complexion.

Here is a great resource telling you all you need to know about skin peels.

Other wrinkle remedies you can do at home

Of course, there are other ways in which you can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. So here are some wrinkle remedies that you can try yourself at home, if you’re unsure about undergoing an obagi skin peel treatment.

–          Witch hazel

Traditional remedies for wrinkles include applying a witch hazel solution to the skin in the hopes of tightening skin. Studies have shown that the witch hazel plant has anti-inflammatory properties similar to white tea. Those who smoke are likely to experience bouts of skin inflammation as part of the immune system’s response to the tobacco found in cigarettes. This damages skin cells which can eventually lead to wrinkles. It is thought that extracts of rose and pomegranate can also provide similar benefits.

–          Sun cream

It is widely known that too much exposure to the sun can lead to a person developing leathery, wrinkled skin, not to mention can cause uneven pigmentation and in rare cases, can lead to skin cancer. By ensuring that you regularly apply a sufficiently high sun protector factor sun cream to your skin each time you go out in the sun, you can greatly reduce your chance of developing wrinkles early, as well as reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.

Risks of using DIY skin peel treatments

You should however be wary about some DIY home skin treatments, as there is always a risk that something can go wrong. If you do buy a skin peel treatment to use yourself at home, you must ensure that you check the ingredients in case you are allergic to anything, as well as find out whether it is suitable for your skin type. For example, if you have dry or sensitive skin, or your skin is prone to acne breakouts, you may develop painful rashes by using unsuitable skin treatments.

The importance of skin consultations

The same goes for professional skin peel treatments – always ensure that you book a consultation with a trained specialist prior to the treatment so that they can explain each stage to you and you can discuss any fears or concerns. Those who have already had a few skin peel treatments should be wary of becoming obsessed and having too many in such a short space of time, as it could very well do the reverse of what the treatment promises, and cause skin to become too thin. Always discuss previous treatments you’ve had during your pre-procedure consultation to be on the safe side.

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