Arginine peeling is one of the types of chemical peelings, which rejuvenates and moisturize skin, possesses mild peeling action and prevents the development of inflammatory process.
The peels with arginine often include lactic, mandelic and glycolic acids that favor solving definite skin problems.
Indications and counter-indications
Arginine peel, which also bears lifting effect, can be used for the area around eyes and it is good for tender skin, too. The procedure belongs to the superficial exfoliation, that’s why it is not able to influence age-related changes of women’s skin integument after their 40’s, and it is prescribed as a cleaning complex. For younger patients under 35 years old regular realization of this kind of peeling provides the increase of turgor and tonus, improvement of microcirculation and blood flow, decrease of small lines.
The main indications for the use of arginine peel are:
- Couperosis (vessels “starlets”);
- Lop-sided pigmentation;
- Hyper-sensitive skin;
- Melasma (age-related pigmentation);
- Lentigo (small geratic pigment spots);
- Tired, asphyctic skin;
- Static wrinkles while small-wrinkle aging.
To absolute contradictions for arginine peels performance belong such factors as:
- Idiosyncrasy to components;
- Active manifestation of viral and infectious diseases on the skin;
- Damage of skin integument;
- Allergic dermatosis;
- Excessive sun exposure and use of solarium;
- Any hard somatic illness;
- Mental disorders, etc.
Some relative contradictions can be determinant factors for repeal of the procedure:
- The period less than 6 months after dermabrasion and less than 1 week after depilation;
- The intake of immunodepressant drugs, retinoids, medicinal agents with photosensibilizing action;
- The use of dermatic medications containing resorcine, zinc oxide, solcoderm, 5-ftoruracil; unhealing wound;
- Keloid scars;
- The condition after radiotherapy, etc.
- Arginine peel can be performed for the preparation of skin for more “serious” peeling.
Its use is indicated for combined therapy of ageing and photoageing, post-acne and rosacea treatment, treatment of such diseases as ichthyosis and keratoderma. In the process of deep purifying, mild exfoliating of horny particles is performed, and the intercellular contacts in epidermis are influenced. It makes possible the better penetration of the medical components into the skin. The comparison of arginine peels to other kinds of exfoliation
The qualitative composition of arginine peel allows to use it for treatment of people with hyper-sensitive skin, and for skin, for which other kinds of peels are indicative.
Arginine is excellently combined with lactic acid excluding while cleaning itching, hyperemia and shedding. By contrast with the use of arginine, many kinds of peels are counter-indicative when there are vascular abnormalities and couperosis.
Such kind of peel can be recommended when there is an allergic reaction on glycolic acid, which is widely used in chemical peelings. But glycolic peeling antagonizes the signs of ageing more effectively, than arginine.
Properties of the active component
Arginine peel demonstrates intensive but cautious exfoliation of horny skin layer. Thanks to the active component – arginine – the processes of cellular renewal is effectively stimulated; the structure and color of skin integuments are considerably improved; metabolic and regeneration processes are activated.
Arginine (Arginin), 2-amino-5-guanidinopentanoic acid is basic amino acid possessing universal properties. It is produced in the body of the adult, and it is a part of proteins, especially protamines and histones, and also enters the body with food. Arginine is contained in big quantities both in plants and in animal products; it can be obtained after the fermentation and refinement of sugarcane. This amino acid takes moisterizing and anti-inflammatory effect; it can stimulate the production of collagen, regulates the metabolic processes, etc.
During superficial pilling the molecules of arginine, which are rather big, very slowly pass through the upper layers of skin. In most cases that phenomenon allows excluding irritation and providing the effective use of arginine for deep cleaning of hyper-sensitive skin.
While combining arginine and lactic acid, chemical peeling acquires advantages of alpha-hydroxyacid combinations. Consequently, the efficiency of the procedure is higher: the stimulation of cellular regeneration increases; removal of skin micro-relief is speeded up; the results of hyper-pigmentation control are improved.
Preparatory measures for chemical peel should be started 2 weeks before the first procedure. The basic phase is regular application of special compositions, which are prescribed individually by the cosmetologist during the consultation. That allows the skin to be prepared to arginine peel and prevent from the negative reaction during the procedure.
When the procedure is undertaken in spring-and-summer period, you should use sunscreen cream before going out. It is not recommended to take solarium tanning or sunbathe in the period of active sun in order to avoid getting sunburns.
Two days before peeling the intake of retinoids and other vitamin A derivatives should be stopped. You should not use wax, scrub, self-tanner or masks in the zone, which is supposed to be treated. If there is herpetic fever and sunburns on the skin or you are having high temperature, the exfoliation procedure should be postponed.
The stages of arginine peel
Before the procedure the cosmetologist carries out makeup removal with the use of cotton pads and milky cleanser. Then the skin preparation with the aid of moisturizing tonic and special medication for skin de-fatting is carried out.
On the prepared surface the session of arginine peel is fulfilled, and it lasts for 10-20 minutes. The procedure is almost painless but some patients mention discomfort of different intensities. After peeling slight reddening and sloughing of skin are possible but they usually subside in 1-2 days.
For the maximum effect it is recommended to carry out arginine peel once in1-2 weeks, and for the maintenance of an effect once in 4-5 weeks at least. 4-8 sessions is usually enough for qualitative peeling but the final decision takes the cosmetologist in each specific case.
Skin treatment after the procedure
Though arginine peel is one of the most attenuated chemical cleanings, the treated skin needs special attention and care after cosmetic manipulations.
The main warning is that after peeling skin integument become unprotected to ultraviolet radiation. It is necessary in the period of 3-5 weeks after visiting the cosmetologist’s office to regularly use moisturizing sunscreen cream with the sun-protection factor no less than SPF 35, and for people with sensitive or apt to pigmentation skin it should be no less than SPF 80.
It is better not to sunbathe in the period of active sun or not to visit solarium. When you are at a water body you should remember that even the most waterproofed sunscreens are washed off, that’s why you need to apply them every 2-3 hours.
The first day after peeling you should not touch and scratch the treated areas. It is not recommended to use decorative cosmetics for 24 hours. Immediately after arginine peel it is forbidden to conduct depilation and any exfoliation procedures, especially in spring and summer period.
The skin after chemical cleaning should be at complete rest and have maximum protection against any aggressive impacts in the first 1-2 weeks.
Possible complications after arginine peel
Any chemical peel including arginine peel causes skin burns to a greater or lesser degree. Thanks to beforehand preparation of skin, the use of modern proved compounds and abidance to rules of carrying out procedures, the risks of complications are minimized.
Someone can suffer chemical burn after non-professional activities of the cosmetologist who has not controlled the depth of penetration. It can be expressed with slight reddening and hyperemia, which subside after creating optimum conditions for skin rehabilitation. Sometimes sloughing of skin develops but it subsides all by itself in 2-3 days without treatment.
Often during the exposition of arginine peel slight or moderate tingling occurs, which arouse a desire to scratch the zone under the treatment. These feelings are not pathological – this is a normal “work process”.
Only when burning sensation is strong or erythema (complete or spotty reddening) appears on the skin integument, the doctor must stop the session and remove the medication from the face. Idiosyncrasy to the components of chemical peeling manifests seldom or never.