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Skin peels through the years

8th February 2013

Skin peels have become an increasingly common part of many people's beauty regime.

A skin peel is a process which removes dead skin cells and stimulating new ones which makes for a fresher, brighter and often more youthful appearance. Performed at expert skin clinics, it's a highly effective way to treat various skin issues such as acne scarring, sun damaged skin and the lines and wrinkles that come with old age. The procedure involves applying a gentle chemical solution to the top layer of skin which encourages collagen production and rejuvenates your skin.

A Brief History

The concept of reinvigorating your skin through a chemical or fluid-based application is thought to date back as far as ancient Egypt. Some historians say that the likes of Cleopatra herself used sour goat's milk as the catalyst for a skin peel. Modern scientists will no doubt confirm that the lactic acid is more than likely to have been the active ingredient that helped to maintain her youthful appearance. Skin peels are we know them today can be traced back to the early 1900's when dermatologist George Miller Mackee began to understand the effect of various chemicals on the skin. His breakthrough was the use of a substance called Phenol, which when applied to the skin, helped to revitalise its appearance, being particularly useful for the treatment of scars.

Rival dermatologists, not to mention business people, battled to build upon and improve these early formulas to maximise profits in this emerging industry. Reliable modern techniques are based on detailed scientific research and these days, clients can be confident that each new procedure and chemical that comes to the market has undergone rigorous research and testing. As a result of many decades of development, the latest skin peels can have truly wondrous results on all manner of skin conditions, not least the age-old yearning of eternal youth and beauty.

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