What everyone gets wrong abut peels & why you need them in your life

We’ve all heard horror stories of peels.

Images of red skin, flaking in swathes, and not being able to leave the house for at least a week all come to mind.

Which is the total opposite of what we all want – Which is to feel good in the skin we have and not suffer for it and to be able to trust the products we are using will deliver on their promises.

Enzyme treatments are peels (we also have peptide & retinoid/acid based peels, which we’ll break down more later on) and are used to chemically exfoliate the skin and get your cells talking to each other correctly again. Which peels we use on you depends on your goals and skin issues. We believe in a Corneotherapy approach – not just throwing products at your face and hoping they fix it but we look at the big picture, the root causes and we work to restore your barrier function first & foremost!

Exfoliation – we have our favourite way of doing this. Mine used to be scrubbing my face as it felt oily. Scrubbing morning and night, believing that healthy skin wasn’t something I could look forward to, that my thyroid was going to prevent me from feeling good in my skin. Large pores, dry and oily skin and sensitive to what felt like everything. Cause I  had destroyed my barrier, so my skin was “sensitive” as it didn’t function as it should. If you know what sensitive skin is like, then you maybe needing to also repair your acid mantle (skin barrier).

There are so many products out there & no laws around delivering on claims – it can be impossible to figure out what you need & what is going on with your skin and after being literally burnt by so many products, it can be scary to even think about trying out new products or treatments with the word peel in them. Literally the last thing your skin needs right?

So why do we use peels?

We exfoliate to remove dead skin, prevent & repair break outs and keep skin looking its best, when we over exfoliate we compromise the skin. Once we start over exfoliating the skin starts to get worse, and you can experience increased flakeyness, overly smooth and tight skin – especially after cleansing, increased sensitivity, more breakouts and feeling of rawness, excess oil production as your body tries to correct the damage and looking older – dehydrated & lipid dry skin will enhance those lines & wrinkles!

This is what can scare many people away from peels and using chemical exfoliation at home. Chemical exfoliation are my favourite at home treatment to keep the skin journey going!

The O Cosmedics Pro Dermal range we use are based on medical strength actives, pure, chiral ingredients, biomimetic and encapsulated carriers, – which means they’re backed by scientific studies & provide a functional dose of the ingredients you need.

Take Niacinamide (B3) for example; to work as a tyrosinase inhibitor (lift & prevent pigmentation/brighten skin) you need a dose of 10% – yet many brands make claims of brighter, healthier skin when the science just doesn’t add up. Which is why O Cosmedics contains 12%.

PLUS these products CAN’T contain ingredients which can legally get past the outer layers of your skin –  so they won’t actually get the cells that need it – which in this case is the information between our melanosome & melanocytes – we need to disrupt the communication of pigment.

Further to this is retinol – in Australia it’s illegal for brands to sell anything above 1% – but there are some out there selling 2% – so what is it? It legally can’t be a retinol your body can use.

We need retinol to work on our basal layer, as you can imagine it to be the conductor to the cell orchestra – telling everyone how to play their best while being in a team – our Basal Layer is where this all happens.

No retinoid product you can order off the internet, or buy from a store is going to again, legally, be able to penetrate to your basal layers. The CosMedic products we stock & use are Biomimetic, so first of all they get past the outer layers of your skin.

From there, they are encapsulated, so they remain contained for a number of hours, allowing slow & gentle release of the ingredients & also allowing the time they need to get to whey they gotta go.

Our clinic offerings are more advanced treatments than our homecare, as our homecare products sit at the top of what can be prescribed before you need a Dr. Homecare is 80% of the work you do, the commitment to the plan is important. Our inclinic treatments speed this up, and work to maintain these results once correction skin has been created.

People generally do not notice any down time with most of the refinement treatments we offer in studio – couple these treatments with home care (hydration, SPF and your ABC’s – Retinol, B3 and Vitamin C) and you will be loving the skin you’re in everyday, all day; once your cells are using the ingredients for a period of time – we talk to your cells when your skin isn’t listening. I didn’t think this was something I would be able to say myself but now feel my skin glows and I have confidence 24/7 and the skills and products to combat any little blips on the way!

While skin health results are maintained with a prescribed O Cosmedics at-home routine, transformations begin in-clinic with an O Pro Dermal Planning treatment plan!

PDP treatments offer enhanced results based on medical strength actives that work skin deep returning normal skin function and cell optimisation. A course of treatments once a week for 6-8 weeks will charge the cells and rebalance their activity while a monthly maintenance treatment keeps them on track.

Treatments range between 30-45 minutes and include a deep cleanse, exfoliation, a customised peel (or double peel for advanced treatment programs) and an alginate rubber mask that goes on like cake-batter and peels off in one to instantly cool and soothe, tighten enlarged pores, improve blood circulation, and increase oxygen supply to improve skin health, complexion, and radiance.

The O Pro Dermal Planning Series includes 6 signature peels used in over 30 different combinations for skin solution flexibility and ultimate results:

Pumpkin Enzyme Peel


A gentle yet effective enzyme peel for all skins especially for sun damage and age correction.

Pumpkin Enzyme Peel effectively eliminates redundant cells therefore accelerating the skin’s cellular renewal to reveal fresher, smoother skin whilst restoring natural barrier function and increasing hydration.

A perfect formulation of 30% Pumpkin Enzymes, Pumpkin Extract and Natural Fruit Acids married together with the healing and moisturising benefits of Jojoba Esters making this an ideal peel for all skins. An ideal entry level peel.

Pomegranate Enzyme Peel

The ideal entry level peel for even the most sensitive of skins to renew and boost hydration.

An ideal entry level peel for the most unexperienced of skins or the first step in a double peel treatment for serious skin changing results. Pomegranate Enzymes effectively lift and digest redundant cells whilst Peel Moist, Multifruit BSC, Lactic Acid and Jojoba Esters hydrate, moisturise, repair, and reduce inflammation. This gentle yet effective enzyme peel is a must have!

Catalyst Retinol Peel

The perfect Vitamin A anti-aging peel, perfect for all skin types looking for skin health, repair, and correction.

Concentrated levels of pure Retinol and encapsulated Retinol, Niacinamide and Natural Fruit Acids work together to counteract skin aging, improve the appearance of UV damage, normalise keratinisation to improve the skin’s cellular renewal process. While refining and resurfacing the skin, evens out skin tone and provides potent anti-inflammatory activity in even the most weakened skins.

Oxygenating Enzyme Peel

The perfect peel for all skin types, an instant pick me up to awaken, renew and smooth even the most tired of skins

Perfectly formulated with high levels of Natural Fruit Acids, Papaya, Pumpkin and Pomegranate Enzymes and perfectly Infused with intense oxygenating and moisturising super peptides!

This treatment increases desquamation and in turn hydration of the skin cells whilst significantly accelerating the skin’s cellular renewal process. Hydrate, plump and renew the skin in just one application!This gentle yet effective enzyme peel is a must have!

Bio-White Peptide Peel

Hi-strength vitamin C and peptide peel, especially for pigmented, uneven skin tone, dull and devitalised skins. A unique biomimetic peptide encapsulated in a liposome allowing optimal whitening and lightening effects on the skin. With concentrated levels of Vitamin C, encapsulated Resveratrol, Niacinamide and Natural Fruit Acids this treatment has the power to stimulate cellular turnover whilst protecting collagen and elastin! It is anti-aging, hydrating, brightening, nourishing and anti-inflammatory.

Alpha-Beta Peel

The serious, resurfacing peel, perfect for skins looking for intense skin correction and transformation.

This amazing treatment recruits intense concentrated levels of Lactic Acid, AHA’s, Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide to offer exclusive Biomimetic desquamation.

Which seriously rejuvenates the skin, reduces fine lines and uneven pigmentation, improves skin smoothness, clarity, and radiance, and activate cellular regeneration for a brighter, smoother, and more even toned skin complexion!

Perfect for oily, problematic skin that it is need of extreme exfoliation, Not for the faint hearted and not before a special occasion.

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