Lactic Acids occur naturally in certain plants and fruits. History suggests that these “fruit acids” have been used for hundreds of years as moisturisers and skin fresheners. Over the last 10 years, medical research has advanced our understanding of these acids and allowed us to create better formulations of these products.
What are the benefits of Lactic Acid Peel?
Specific programmes are available to improve acne, dry skin, sun damaged skin, blotchy pigmentation & fine wrinkles.
What does Lactic Acid do to the skin?
Lactic Acid dissolves the “glue” that holds dead cells to the surface of the skin. It is this later of dead cells, which gives the complexion a rough, dull appearance with uneven pigmentation. This layer also clogs pores, giving the appearance of coarseness, open pores and a tendency to acne. When these dead cells are removed, the underlying layer of fresh new cells is exposed. This layer has a smoother texture and a more even colour. Pores are refined and the tendency for acne reduced. Regular use of product containing Lactic Acid also appears to stimulate new cell growth so that the top layer of living cells actually becomes plumper, creating a tightening of the skin and a reduction in fine wrinkles and scars.
At higher concentrations, Lactic Acid encourages the skin to manufacture more of its own collagen and elastin, leading to a reduction of fine wrinkling.
What does the programme involve?
There are several products containing active strengths of Lactic Acid which are currently available. They include cleansers, astringents, creams, lotions, gels and professional skin treatments.
Much of the improvement in your skin will be achieved by regular daily usage of these products at home. The particular products most suitable for your skin type can be selected with the help of one of our staff members. We can create a long-term regime to keep your skin looking its best.
Additional improvement can be achieved by regular treatments with higher concentration of Lactic Acid at the Clinic. The concentration appropriate for your skin type is applied to your skin for a brief period of time and then washed off. The treatment causes a slight tingling, or pins and needles felling in the skin, but no pain. These Clinic treatments should be repeated at regular intervals until the desired improvement has been achieved. The number of treatments needed, will depend upon the condition of your skin. Young skin may only need an occasional treatment to maintain its youthful freshness, while older, badly sun damaged skin will benefit from an initial course of 6-10 treatments.
What do I look like after a clinic treatment?
These treatments cause minimal irritation or redness. Any minor irritation or flaking is easily covered with make-up. These treatments are NOT skin peels as such and there is usually no obvious peeling of the skin directly after the treatment. They work by enhancing the skin’s own regenerative capacity and it is not necessary to see peeling for them to be working. There is usually no disruption to normal work or social commitments.
How do I care for my skin following a Lactic Acid Peel?
Apply Ultraceuticals barrier repair moisturisers such as Ultra Hydrating Lotion, Ultra Moisturiser Cream or Ultra Rich Moisturiser for the next 5 days following your peel. Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30+ is essential for use throughout the duration of your treatments. As your skin recovers from the treatment, you can recommence your normal skin care routine. This is usually within the next 5 days.
How long do I have to wait before seeing an improvement in my skin?
Most people begin to feel a softening of their skin within 2-3weeks. However, it may take several months of regular usage to achieve the best results. Improvements can continue to occur in the skin for many months to years.
Are there any side effects of these treatments?
Products containing Lactic Acid may cause some tingling, stinging or redness when first applied to the skin. These effects will usually disappear with continued usage as the skin becomes healthier. Those with sensitive skins may prefer to commence treatment gradually to minimise the effects. Lactic Acid Peels are safe to perform on almost all skin types and are safe to use during pregnancy. Those who have been on Roaccutane within the last 6 months, or have been using Retin A regularly, and those prone to cold sores, should discuss these particular situations with the doctor prior to commencing the programme.