The carbon laser peel, in particular, is often dubbed the ‘dark crystal peel’ or ‘Red carpet peel’ because of celebrity interest. In Asia, talk of laser technology results has spread rapidly with the creation of two catchy nicknames, including ‘china doll peel’ and ‘porcelain peel’. No matter what it’s called, the results are the same – refreshed, exfoliated skin that is softened, smoothed, and firmed in just 20 minutes.
How does carbon laser peel work?
Unlike other laser treatments that rely exclusively on light energy to transform skin, the carbon laser peel is a 2-part process. First, a luxurious natural carbon cream is applied to the surface of the skin and allowed to dry. The non-toxic lotion looks something like a mud mask with a dark grey-brown coloring and rich texture. Natural carbon quickly absorbs oil, impurities, and dead skin cells from deep within pores and pulls toxins to the surface. The carbon mask also creates an even Plato for the laser energy. After the carbon mask is applied, it’s time for the Q-Switched laser.
A good Q-Switched laser such as the ALMA-Q is the essential device required for this treatment. It is an ND: Yag laser which has wavelength of 1064nm**. This wavelength has a high absorption level in melanin and other dark pigment. Hence, the laser energy will be absorbed mostly in the carbon mask and create the glowing effect we’re looking for.
Watch this video below by New Beauty magazine courtesy of Dr. Macrene Alexiades , showing how the ALMA-Q laser carbon peel treatment is performed.
What does laser carbon peel do to your skin?
Initially, the operator will bind the carbon to the epidermis. We recommend using a low energy pass of the laser. Secondly, the operator will use a higher energy level to peel the carbon mask. Unlike other laser techniques, the focused laser beam is applied from a distance above the skin. A special smoke evaporator is used so there’s no risk of shared bacteria. It also helps the technician by enabling optimal visibility for targeted results. The laser heats up, but does not destroy, sub-dermal tissue. This mode of action kick-starts natural healing processes to boost collagen production for lasting firmness. Secondary treatment benefits include plumping fine lines and tightening sagging skin – win, win!
At the surface, the laser energy destroys carbon particles in the mud mask and eliminates the absorbed oil, dead skin, and toxins along with it. This immediately refreshes and exfoliates the skin by deep cleaning pores and shrinking size in the process. Without the weight of dull, dead skin cells, users can walk away with more radiant skin that is even and soft to the touch.
**Though the Harmony XL Pro laser by Alma also sports a 1064nm Q-Switched laser (The ClearLift laser) it is advised to use the ALMA-Q. That is because it has a specially focused hand-piece which allows to work from a greater distance thus protecting the laser’s lens from potential damage caused by the carbon particles.