Transcript: Ok, welcome back to Unit #2, Lesson #2 of Peel University.
Today we need to take a minute & talk about HEALING TIMES.
If I could hit the easy button on this one and make sure you could peel any day you wanted, never have to peel and see an amazing transformation in a few weeks I would probably break it!
I wish it were that simple but it’s not, so we need to talk about healing because this is such any important part of your peel routines.
It’s all about how quickly the skin can turnover after each peel.
Is it going to take 5 days? 7 days? 10 days? Or even 30 days? This is entirely dependent on where you are peeling.
The face always peels the quickest at maybe 5-10 days and the body can take upwards of 30-35 days to completely turnover … but why?
It has to do with our follicles!
The more sebaceous follicles that we have in the skin – the quicker it will heal. Look at this picture and get an idea of how this works. Each number represents how many follicles per square centimeter.
They are important because they extend all the way into the deepest tissue layers. The more follicles there are – the quicker the turnover. This is because the new skin moves up quickly from where the follicle is connected to the deeper layers.
In areas where there are low counts of follicles, it will take a longer time to heal. Did you notice that the chest has only 20 and everywhere on the face has at least 400 to 1100? That means that the chest will take a much longer time to regenerate and heal after a chemical peel than a facial treatment.
The rest of the body is the same way, with the hand having about 20 and the back about 90. Keep this in mind moving forward so you start to understand why some areas will take longer to flake than others.
*Many people start panicking that a peel didn’t work since it is taking “so long” to flake. But the proof is in the body part.
Since we just learned about the layers and how fast the skin will turn over, let’s take a minute to think about the body and all the different areas of skin. Some are very thick and others, like the face, are much thinner. This too will play a part in how fast the skin sheds. .. but it also will help you to understand why some areas require a deeper peel than others.
The thinnest skin on the face is the eye area which is about 0.5mm and on the contrary, the thickest is on the bottom of the foot at 4mm. You will find the average body parts to be between 2-3mm thick.
We always want to use gentler acids on the thinnest areas such as the eyes.
You can then get progressively stronger on the other areas of the face and body. Each person is different though, and your skin can change as you age. Most notably in your 50’s and 60’s.
Some will get very thin skin that needs to be treated very gingerly with mild hydroxy peels.
Others that have spent years in the sun can have thick, weathered skin with lots of UV damages. Superficial peels may not give the desired outcome and a medium peel may be necessary.
Caution will have to be warranted though as older skin will take a much longer time to regenerate than younger skin. Which is why we encourage faster turnover in the skin with a retinoid regimen prior to applying peels.
So, it’s time to honest about where you are & what kind of skin you have.
Which is why we don’t jump right in & start with the highest acids and layers. If you go to quickly you can create too much damage and stop the benefits of a peel altogether.
This is why we created Peel University. We have your back and will get you peeling in no time.
We just need to learn about acids next so you can make your choice!