What are chemical peels?
A chemical peel is an acid solution applied to your skin to exfoliate the skin’s surface. This will reduce the appearance of blemishes, superficial age spots, improve the skin’s texture, and improve your overall complexion.
The chemical peel solution will be administered by one of our skin care professionals. They will apply one or more layers of the solution depending on your specific needs. The chemical peel solution used also depends on your skin type and your skin’s reactivity to the solution.
The acid solution creates a reaction on the skin’s surface which is safely controlled by your skin care professional. They will “neutralize” or stop the reaction with a buffer solution once the chemical peel has reached the desired level for your treatment. This process creates a safe way for the skin to naturally repair itself, allowing for fresh new skin to be revealed after the dead skin sloths off.
Types of Peels
A consultation with one of our skin care professionals will determine the type of chemical peel that will be used on your skin. They will also determine the strength of the peel needed, for your desired results and what you’d like to address (fine lines, pigmentation, texture). Peels can range from minimal, mild to moderate downtime. We offer a variety of chemical peels from professional-only skin care lines.
- SkinCeuticals® Advanced Corrective Peel (Moderate Downtime 6 -7 Days)
- SkinCeuticals® MicroPeel (Minimal to No Downtime)
- SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel (Minimal to No Downtime)
- SkinMedica® Vitalize Peel (Mild Downtime, 2 – 3 Days)
- SkinMedica® Rejuvenize Peel (Moderate Downtime 3 – 4 Days)
What will I experience during a chemical peel?
During the treatment your skin may feel a tingly sensation or a mild burning sensation. Your skin care professional will place numbing cream on before, if needed. A superficial peel can produce redness and feel like a light sunburn for a few days. Deeper peels may cause redness, swelling, blisters, and peeling. These side effects may last a week to two weeks. Each person’s skin is unique and may react differently.
Chemical peels are usually done in a series of 3-6 treatments depending on the depth of the peel and the desired outcome. Superficial peels may require more treatments in a series than deeper peels.
Once your skin starts regenerating and creating new skin the dead skin will begin to flake. it is best not pick at or peel the dead skin prematurely, this may cause discoloration. Let the dead skin flake off naturally. It is very important to protect your skin during this time by staying out of the sun as much as possible and wearing sunscreen.