What is a Skin Peel?
Chemical peels are acidic ingredients that are applied topically to promote the rapid exfoliation of skin cells. These ingredients break down the lipids and proteins that bind skin cells together and kill skin cells, resulting in the removal of layers of skin, the depth of which is determined by the ingredients used and the method of application.
The exfoliation process induced by chemical peels also causes controlled, microscopic damage to the skin, resulting in the body’s natural wound healing processes to be initiated. The treatment also stimulates an accelerated
regeneration of the skin, which is further enhanced with the addition of nutritional ingredients.
What type of skin peel is an iS Clinical Prodigy Peel?
iS Clinical’s Prodigy Peel Systems are Jessner style peels. They combine Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid and Resorcinol to target the upper to middle layers of the skin, and are specially designed to exfoliate effectively without causing excessive downtime or risks.
What skin conditions/issues do iS Clinical Prodigy Peels treat?
The iS Clinical Prodigy Peel Systems feature a powerful “booster” containing an advanced form of Salicylic Acid to target multiple skin concerns.
P2 System: A superficial peel system formulated with four potent acids to effectively target skin concerns with less downtime. Designed to address mild to moderate acne, and mild pigment irregularities, fine lines and wrinkles and skin laxity, the Prodigy Peel P2 system is suitable for all Fitzpatrick skin types. Optimal improvements are cumulative and noted after a course of three treatments, 4-6 weeks apart.
P3 System: An enhanced superficial to medium depth chemical peel for a brighter and more youthful complexion. This multi-tasking chemical peel works powerfully to target skin laxity, acne, hyperpigmentation, photodamage, lines and wrinkles, aged complexions, dull skin and uneven skin texture. P3 will visibly improving skin imperfections and result in a renewed complexion. Suitable for Fitzpatrick skin types I, II and III. Visible results will be noted after just one procedure, however cumulative improvements are noted after a course of three treatments, 6-8 weeks apart.
What makes an iS Clinical Prodigy Skin Peel special?
It isn’t simply the pH level of the ingredients that makes a peel effective, it is also the purity and efficacy of the ingredients. iS Clinical Prodigy Peels contain advanced medical formulations of very pure ingredients that are designed to interact at a cellular level to enhance the penetration and effectiveness of the peel. In addition, the Prodigy Boost element of the treatment combines advanced chemical compounds that work to significantly boost the efficacy of the peel, whilst also encouraging the regeneration of the skin. The Prodigy Peel Systems also feature Witch Hazel in an alcohol base as a skin prep rather than the commonly used acetone. This reduces inflammation and redness and optimises the results of the peel.
What happens during an iS Clinical Prodigy Skin Peel treatment?
After the skin has been cleansed, petroleum jelly is applied around the eyes, eyebrows, lips and nostrils to protect these areas. Eye goggles are required to be worn for client safety. The Prodigy Prep toner solution is applied in sweeping passes across the treatment area, followed by one to three applications of the Prodigy Peel solution in the same way. The Prodigy Boost solution is then applied, and the treatment concludes with the application of iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30. The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes.
Is an iS Clinical Prodigy Peel painful?
Mild to moderate redness, heat, tingling and itching can be expected during the treatment, which is usually well-tolerated. The use of a hand-held electric fan during the treatment helps to reduce any heat and discomfort.
Is there any specific aftercare advice following an iS Clinical Prodigy Peel?
Sun exposure must be avoided for a minimum of four-weeks following treatment to avoid hyperpigmentation. An SPF will be applied at the end of the treatment and use of an SPF30 must be continued for a minimum of four-weeks. It is always recommended to continue daily use of an SPF30 throughout the year to prevent premature skin aging and skin cancers.
No other skincare or makeup should be applied to the face until the evening, when the face may be gently washed with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex. If moisturiser is needed, apply iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm.
Avoid hot baths, saunas, excessive sweating, vigorous exercise and tanning beds for 10 days post peel.
To avoid post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring do not scratch, pick or peel the skin.
The iS Clinical post-peel regime should be followed to protect the skin post-treatment, enhance the results of the peel and minimise downtime and side effects. The iS Clinical Post Peel Kit contains full sizes of Cleansing Complex, SHEALD Recovery Balm and Extreme Protect SPF 30. iS Clinical Post Peel Kits are available to purchase for £120 and are complementary with treatment course bookings when paid for in advance.
What is the recovery time following an iS Clinical Prodigy Peel?
This treatment will produce some 'downtime', but how much depends on individual factors including skin condition, age and lifestyle. Following treatment, peeling, flaking and sometimes sheet peeling will occur for up to ten days, beginning at day two and increasing through to day six.
Day One: mild to moderate redness, tightness, possibly swelling, itching and irritation. Sun exposure is to be avoided. SHEALD Recovery Balm will provide moisture and soothe redness and irritation.
Days Two to Six: The area will feel tight and there may still be some redness. Flaking, peeling and/or sheet peeling will begin and increase during this period. Flaking or peeling skin must not be scratched, picked at or peeled off, as this may cause scarring. The 'old' skin may feel tight and itching may occur before the process is completed. Soft, fresh skin layers will appear underneath the flaking skin, and in comparison may appear red/discoloured. Sunburn like redness, irritation, tightness and itching may continue during this period.
Days Seven to Ten: Skin improvements may be visible. Peeling or flaking can continue in some areas for up to ten days. The skin is still sensitive, especially to heat and the sun.
For clients with sensitive skin, darker skin types and clients with a history of hypertrophic scarring, a patch test will be required 24 hours prior to treatment.
Summertime treatments are best avoided due to the importance of sun avoidance for 4-weeks following the peel.
To aid the regeneration of new skin cells post peel, skin prep for a minimum of 2-weeks but ideally 6-weeks is recommended. The iS Clinical Skin Prep Kit contains enough of the following products for two-week home treatments to give you the tools to optimise your skin prior to your upcoming treatment: Cleansing Complex, Super Serum Adv+, Hydracool Serum, Active Serum and Extreme Protect. Skin Prep Kits can be purchased for £20 for single treatments or as ideal iS Clinical taster kits. Please accept a Skin Prep Kit with our compliments for all treatment course bookings.
Clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not suitable for this treatment due to the increased risk of hormonal hyperpigmentation.
For comprehensive pre and post treatment instructions and contraindications please get in touch.
iS Clinical Prodigy Peel Systems Treatment Costs:
Clients booking a course of peels will be given a complimentary iS Clinical Skin Prep Skit and an iS Clinical Post Peel Kit, worth £140, to maximise results and minimise downtime. Courses must be paid for in advance to qualify for this offer.