An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel is a superficial-depth peel. It is the mildest type of peel formulation and can be applied on all skin tones. AHA peels provide gentle exfoliation and skin rejuvenation results that retexture, smooth and brighten the skin. Rough or dry patches can be resurfaced, uneven pigmentation spots can be reduced and the look of fine lines and wrinkles can be improved as cell turnover is increased and damaged skin cells are shed.
The advantage of the mild nature of this peel is that there is no extended downtime and is often referred to as "lunchtime peels". It can be used on areas other than the face, such as the neck, chest, arms and hands.
It is recommended for treatment of the following:
How is a chemical peel performed?
All chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin.
How long does an AHA chemical peel procedure take?
Treatment usually takes about 20-30 minutes, but the aesthetician may vary the concentration of the chemical solution or the length of time of the treatment.
Is an AHA peel painful?
Most patients experience a tingling sensation during the peel process, but very few report any pain. A neutralising lotion is applied immediately after the peel application to eliminate any discomfort.
What is the recovery time following a treatment?
Clients are usually able to engage in normal public activities the day after an AHA peel. Redness similar to a mild sunburn lasting 24-48 hours and mild exfoliation lasting 2-5 days (however this is uncommon). You may apply makeup as you wish.
Following any chemical peel, your skin may be slightly sensitive for 1-4 days therefore it is extremely important to protect your skin through the use of a non-chemical sun protection (SPF 30 or higher) at all times. Nonetheless, duration and severity of down time depends on the strength of the peel and individual factors.
When will I see results with an AHA Peel?
One AHA peel will immediately leave your skin feeling fresh however for long term and significant results we recommend a course of six weekly treatments once a year.
What are the possible side effects and unwanted risks?
While the risks are minimal for this treatment, patients can experience some redness and itching. Swelling and allergic reactions are rare.
Can people with different skin tones/colours be treated with an AHA Peel?
Yes, the AHA peel is designed for all skin types, from light to dark, including tanned patients.