What Is a Silk Peel?

by JanetB ; Updated September 28, 2017

A silk peel exfoliates and addresses specific skin conditions.

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A silk peel is a non-invasive dermatological procedure which exfoliates and stimulates skin cell growth. It includes elements of microdermabrasion but without its traditional risk. A silk peel is used for hydrating skin, treating acne and lightening skin.

The Silk Peel Procedure

A silk peel takes about 20 minutes. For best results, it should be repeated four to six times, with treatments spaced seven to ten days apart. Skin is warm and pink for about 30 minutes after treatment and feels tight afterward. Skin must be maintained with hydration, moisturizers and sunscreens to maintain the effects of the silk peel.

Active Ingredients in a Silk Peel

Active humectant ingredients in a silk peel involved in moisturizing and hydrating the skin include propylene glycol, glycerin and panthenol, which is a derivative of vitamin B5. Salicylic acid is used as an exfoliating agent and to treat acne. Lightening agents used to treat brown spots include arbutin, mulberry extract and kojic acid, which is derived from rice mold.

How Silk Peels are Different from Microdermabrasion

Silk peels are more precise than microdermabrasion and are not dependent on the skill, technique or experience of the practitioner. Unlike microdermabrasion, they can be used with dry skin and on all areas of the body, and can be used in combination with dermaceutical products used to treat acne, brown spots and other specific skin problems.

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