Retinol Peels; Retinoic Acid Chemical Peels

Retinol Peels; At A Glance

  • Best Results2- 4, maintenance peels
  • Treatment Recovery1- 4 days
  • Procedure Time3 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistTherapist, Nurse
  • Duration of Results1-3 months
  • AnaestheticNone
  • Back to WorkNext day (peeling usually delayed)
  • Cost$

Retinol Peels

The VitA peel is Cutis’ signature peel, consisting of specialist strength retinoic acid. This powerful molecule is the most potent collagen stimulant & forms the basis of anti-aging treatments. We tailor a concentration based upon your skin type & concerns. Most patients will peel for a period of 2 to 4 days. As a reference, the concentration of retinol is approximately 100 times that of over-the-counter creams.

FactsMore Facts on Vitamin A Peels

  • This peel stands for VITAmin A, hence the term VitA peels
  • This peel is classed as a superficial intraepidermal chemical peel
  • The active ingredient in this peel is retinoic acid
  • VITA peels can treat acne, sun damage, wrinkles, congested skin & enlarged pores
  • Retinoic acid peels can also be used to treat pigmentation & melasma
  • Expect mild peeling for 2-4 days after the peel

Retinol Peels

Specialist strength retinoic acid chemical peels can address the following skin conditions-

  1. Acne – oily skin. Retinoids form the cornerstone of acne management as they reduce blackheads, oil production & bacteria.
  2. Enlarged pores. Vitamin A promotes collagen production & decreases sebum (oil).
  3. Skin pigmentation, as retinoids suppress pigment cells.
  4. Wrinkles, sun damage & premature aging. Peels increase collagen & elastin, promoting a healthy dermal layer. Retinoids have a pivotal role in antiaging.

How is this peel performed?

The very first step is finding a concentration for your skin, based upon clinical examination, your goals, as well as your skin care history. We then select a suitable concentration typically ranging from 0.5 to 5% retinoic acid, that’s about 100 to 200 stronger than over the counter retinol. 

The steps are as follows-

  • Skin is cleansed, makeup & sunscreen are removed. For better results we may elect to prime your skin with a pre-peel preparation.
  • We then layer the treated area with retinoic acid in a predetermined make up base.
  • This peel mask is left on for 4 to 8 hours (time dependent penetration)
  • The retinoic acid peel mask is washed off in the convenience of your home
  • A moisturiser is applied before bedtime
  • Your skin will peel after 24 to 48 hours for 1-3 days

What is the recovery following retinoic acid peels?

2-4 days depending on your skin sensitivities & the strength of the peel. As a guide, delayed peeling may occur 36-48 hours after application of the peel. Peeling can occur for up to 5 days after application.

For first time users my advice is to start at 1% retinoic acid. This is still 20 times more powerful than prescription retinoids, and at least 100 times stronger than over the counter retinols. Once you have an idea on the duration of peeling, you may step up to a higher concentration.

Why is this peel different compared to beautician peels?

Retinoic acid is the strongest form of vitamin A. These are physician prescription peels. Retinol requires conversion to retinoic acid, hence with 1% retinol formulations, less than 1% gets converted to the active ‘acid’ form. In theory, this gives an ‘active concentration’ of 0.01%. In comparison our retinoic acid peels start at 1 to 4%.

Davin’s viewpoint on retinoic acid peels

Super strength retinoic acid peels (VITA peels, stands for VITamin A) are of my favourite chemical peels. Why? Because they can address a myriad of skin concerns ranging from wrinkles, pigmentation, acne, congested skin, through to anti-aging concerns. Typically, my formulations range between 1 to 4%. Unlike other peels that primarily act as exfoliating agents, retinoid peels work at a molecular level.

These peels can be incorporated into your home skin care regimen every 4 to 6 weeks. Retinoic acid peels are simple, convenient & cost effective.

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