Professional Beauty SA June 2021

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Treating skin on different areas of the body with chemical peels

Typically in a salon environment, the most common areas for peeling treatments are the client’s face, neck and décolleté. However, it is perfectly viable to peel other parts of the body, as Skin iD Skin Studio owner, Sonette Donker, explains Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

reating skin on the body with chemical peels can be very effective. We mostly treat photo-damage (uneven pigment, rough texture and wrinkles), but chemical peels are very effective in the treatment of acne, scars and hyperpigmentation on body areas. Skin thickness and Fitzpatrick photo-types are the two major considerations that determine treatment protocol.

Stratum Corneum µm

Cellular Epidermis µm

Total Epidermis µm

Pigmentation (%)

Blood Content (%)

Forearm Dorsal

18.3 (4.9)

56.6 (11.5)

74.9 (12.7)

35.2 (6.0)

22.4 (6.9)


11.0 (2.2)

70.3 (13.6)

81.3 (13.5)

25.5 (5.7)

31.1 (9.4)


14.9 (3.4)

81.5 (15.7)

96.5 (16.1)

16.4 (4.2)

29.6 (5.7)

All Body Sites

14.8 (4.8)

68.9 (17.0)

83.7 (16.6)

26.2 (9.3)

27.6 (8.4)


Prepare the skin

Preparation is key to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and to ensure optimum results. Prepare the body skin 3 to 4 weeks prior to the peel with home care products and a light hydroxy acid peel. The best ingredients to prepare the body skin are as follows: 1% Retinol Pigment inhibitors such as; • Kojic Acid • Arbutin • Niacinamide • Phytic Acid • Licorice Extract • Mandelic Acid

Course of treatments

When treating body skin you would normally perform a course of treatments consisting of 4 treatments every 2 to 4 weeks, depending on how long the client takes to complete the peeling process. After a course of treatments have been completed, rest the skin for at least 1 month before doing

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