Professional Treatment: The SkinCeuticals Pigment Balancing Peel


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This peel is at the other end of the SkinCeuticals professional treatment portfolio spectrum: deeper penetrating peel, which combines brightening and anti-inflammatory agents with a peeling solution to target hyperpigmentation, improve photodamaged skin and treat melasma and acne.

For concerns around pigmentation, the simple ‘stretch test’ can be used as an initial indicator of pigmentation depth – using the fingers to stretch a small area of skin. If the pigmentation goes lighter, the pigment is located at the epidermal skin layer, or if there is no change, the pigmentation is located more deeply in the dermal skin layer. This helps determine what level of peel is required to treat effectively.

What are the benefits?

The Pigment Balancing Peel offers many benefits including:

  • Reduces appearance of hyperpigmentation
  • Improves uneven skin tone
  • Brightens skin
  • Anti-inflammatory

What’s in it?

Pigment Balancing Peel contains 40% Glycolic Acid, 10% Citric Acid, 27% Vitamin C and 4% Emblica and with a pH of 1.6 will penetrate the skin more deeply.

How many treatments do I need?

For optimal results, 4-6 treatments every 4 weeks is recommended for maximum results.

How does it work?

Your skincare professional will first prepare the skin (cleansing, degreasing and protecting sensitive areas) before applying the Pigment Balancing Peel with a fan brush and leaving for 2-4 minutes or until erythema (redness) becomes visible, at which point the peel is neutralised with sodium bicarbonate solution (SkinCeuticals Peel Neutralizer).

Post Peel

Post peel, an antioxidant treatment (such as C E Ferulic) followed by a lipid barrier repair cream to replace lost ceramides and cholesterol (such as Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2) are recommended for regular use.

A high quality, broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen is essential to use every day in order protect the skin. It’s also recommended leaving it a few days until full skin recovery before resuming the use of active exfoliant skincare (e.g. containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid or retinoids etc).

Pigment balancing peel side effects

Side effects of the Pigment Balancing Peel include but are not limited to:

  • Infection to the skin if peeling skin is removed prematurely (you should never pick at a peeling skin)
  • Mild redness
  • Temporary swelling of the area
  • Slight itching
  • Cold sores may appear on candidates who already are susceptible to them

Can anyone get the pigment balancing peel?

Unfortunately, not everyone is a right candidate for the Pigment Balancing Peel. For safety reasons, those who display the following symptoms and/or skin conditions are not good candidates for this treatment:

  • Sunburn
  • Cold sores
  • Severe asthma
  • Lupus
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Severe cystic inflamed acne
  • Pregnant women or women currently breastfeeding
  • Skin lesions or broken skin

In addition, if one has used Accutane in the past 6 months they will not qualify to have the procedure done. Those taking vitamin A topical need to be off of them for at least one week prior to a treatment.

Precautions to take before/after treatment

  • Do not bleach, wax, scrub, or use depilatories or scrubs on skin
  • Do not schedule any important event for the period of 7 days after treatment
  • Avoid sun exposure for two weeks before, and two weeks after treatment

Find a skincare professional offering SkinCeuticals treatments

SkinCeuticals skincare professionals are trained to create customised protocols that address individual skin needs and concerns, they can also help prescribe home care products to benefit the results of your treatment.

To discover which SkinCeuticals professional peels and facial treatments are ideal for you, schedule a consultation today.

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