What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical exfoliant in which acids are used to penetrate the proteins of the skin cell on the face, hands, and neck. This encourages cell turnover, aiding in the reduction of pigmentation, acne, fine lines and moderate wrinkles. Chemical peels are used to remove damaged skin cells, revealing healthier skin underneath and can treat scarring and smooth skin texture. Depending on the issues that you are addressing with the procedure, you will choose a chemical peel from one of three depths:
- Light chemical peel: A light (superficial) chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). It can be used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone and dryness. You may have a light chemical peel as often as every 2 to 5 weeks — depending on your desired results.
- Medium chemical peel: A medium chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). This type of chemical peel can treat wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone. You may repeat a medium chemical peel after 3 to 9 months to maintain results.
- Deep chemical peel: A deep chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the mid to lower layer of your dermis. Your doctor might recommend a deep chemical peel if you have deeper wrinkles, scars or precancerous growths. A deep chemical peel can only be performed once or as directed by your aesthetician.
-Addresses visible skin imperfections and superficial scars
-Brighter, smoother, and more refined complexion
-Encourages new skin cell regeneration
-Improves the skins color, clarity, tone and texture
-Increases skin hydration
-Reduces discoloration caused by sun damage
-Smoothes away the look of fine lines and wrinkles
-Stimulates new collagen production
-Avoid direct sun exposure (and tanning beds)
-Avoid waxing, electrolysis, hair removal creams, and laser hair removal treatments
-Discontinue use of Retinol, Vitamin A, or Retin-A topical medication for 1 week
-Do not receive neuromodulators or dermal fillers 2 weeks prior
-Do not have a facial or peel treatment 2-4 weeks prior
-Inform your aesthetician of any medications you take
-Accutane: 6 months off
-Active cold sores, lesions, or facial rash
-Permanent cosmetics: 7 day waiting period
-Pregnant or nursing
-Retin-A: Discontinue for 14 days prior to treatment
-Serious medical conditions: Diabetes, Lupus, Chemotherapy, heart condition, immunity disorders
-Sunburned or compromised skin
-Waxing: 72 hour waiting period
30 minute or 1 hour specialized treatment options
–Light chemical peel: Light peeling or dryness may last up to 1 week. Redness may subside within a few hours after treatment.
–Medium chemical peel: Medium peeling or dryness may last up to 2 weeks. Redness may subside within 24 hours.
–Deep chemical peel: Intensive peeling or dryness may last up to 1 month.
The initial 72 hours post procedure are the most critical. Please follow your licensed aesthetician’s recovery plan for your skin type. Clients should adhere to the following guidelines for healthy, radiant skin post chemical peel:
-Apply sunscreen daily
-Avoid direct sun exposure and extremes of heat or cold
-Avoid scratching, peeling, and picking
-Discontinue use of AHA products for 72 hours or 6 weeks if doing a treatment cycle
-Use recommended post care products
Am I a candidate for a chemical peel?
We recommend scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of our licensed aestheticians who will conduct a full skin analysis and determine if you are a qualifying candidate for this treatment.