Recently I was invited to partner with Rondebosch Aesthetics to go on a skincare journey and so far I’m experience three different skin peels with them. Read about my experience of the first two skin peels I had.
The first peel I had was the perfect peel for a beginner like me – the On the Glow Lactic Acid Peel
Dr Dilshaad Asmal and Nicola Conradia, resident somatologist, are both experts in the field of skin peels and assured me that this Lactic Acid peel or skin resurfacer would be a super gentle entry level peel. So gentle in fact, that they also call it the Bridal Peel, as many brides enjoy this peel about a week or two before their wedding to ensure a gorgeous glow on their wedding day!
The On the Glow peel has 30% Lactic acid and is a very gentle hydrating peel that is suitable for all skin types.
It is a great peel to start off with if it is your first time having a skin peel and is ideal to have when you have a special occasion on the horizon as it leaves your skin looking it’s best – healthy, refreshed, radiant.
During the treatment Dr Asmal filmed the experience so you can watch the entire peel from start to finish here to find out more about the peel and to get some more info based on questions I asked during the treatment and to see how I coped!
After the peel I didn’t experience any peeling or redness, only a tiny bit of flakiness on the area around my nose and a lovely natural glow!
Everything You Need to Know About Lactic Acid Peels
What is Lactic Acid?
Lactic acid is an anti-wrinkle and pigmentation-fighting ingredient found in over-the-counter (OTC) and professional-grade skin care products. Derived from milk, lactic acid belongs to a class of anti-aging ingredients called alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Other examples of AHAs include glycolic acid and citric acid.
How does a Lactic Acid chemical peel work?
A chemical peel works by using a chemical — in this case, lactic acid — on bare skin. It removes the top layer of skin (epidermis). Some stronger formulas may also target the middle layers of skin (dermis). Despite the name, your skin doesn’t noticeably “peel” off. What is noticeable, though, are the effects underneath the removed epidermis: smoother and brighter skin.
The Benefits of a Lactic Acid Peel
Lactic acid is specifically used to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion by actively exfoliating the skin leaving an even skin tone.
Other benefits of AHAs like lactic acid include improved skin tone and reduced pore appearance.
Paired with Sodium Hyaluronate, this treatment is the ultimate cellular humectant – an unrivaled moisture magnet, crafted to replenish dehydrated, dull skin.
Who can use Lactic Acid skin peels?
Unlike AHAs such as glycolic acid, lactic acid is a bit milder. This makes a lactic acid peel a better choice for sensitive skin.
Lactic acid may also be an option if you’ve tried another AHA in the past and found the product too strong.
Are side effects possible?
Despite the milder nature of lactic acid, it’s still considered a powerful AHA. Its “peeling” effects will make your skin more vulnerable to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, so sunscreen is key. Make sure you apply sunscreen every morning and reapply as needed throughout the day. Over time, unprotected sun exposure can lead to more age spots and scarring. It may even increase your risk for skin cancer. Lactic acid peels can also cause irritation, rash, and itchiness. These effects are usually mild and improve as your skin gets used to the product. If your side effects persist after the first few applications, discontinue use and see your doctor.
Who shouldn’t use a Lactic Acid Peel?
People who struggle with eczema, psoriasis and/ or rosacea should not have a Lactic Acid peel. If you have naturally darker skin, talk to your doctor or dermatologist before use. Chemical peels may increase your risk of hyperpigmentation. Lactic acid peels are designed for evening application. Like other AHAs, lactic acid increases sun sensitivity, so you should never use them in the morning.
Before getting a professional lactic acid peel, talk to your dermatologist about all the medications you take as well as your level of sensitivity. These can all factor into the strength of the peel your dermatologist or skin care specialist chooses. This can help prevent side effects and complications, such as irritation and scarring. Also know that it can take up to two weeks to recover from a professional lactic acid peel. Mild peels may cause side effects that last a day or so.
The Last Word on Lactic Acid
Lactic acid is used to create a mild chemical peel that can help even out your skin tone. It can help address age spots, melasma, and rough texture, along with fine lines.
Although OTC options are available, it’s important to discuss your skin care needs with a dermatologist before trying a lactic acid peel at home. Certain skin conditions may increase your risk of side effects. If you do try an OTC peel, make sure you do a skin patch test before your first full application.
You should wear sunscreen every day when using lactic acid. For best results, apply sunscreen every morning and reapply as needed throughout the day. You can use a sunscreen-containing daytime moisturizer as well as a foundation with an SPF.
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