Chemical peels are various types of acids that are applied topically to the skin to perform a chemical exfoliation.
How do they work?
The acids involved in chemical peels work by removing dead and damaged skin cells across the designated area to reveal new, healthy skin cells. The result is brighter, softer, more even skin.
How can you prepare for your chemical peel?
Discontinue using any active exfoliants for 5-7 days before coming in for your peel. This includes but is not limited to retinol, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. The risk of having an adverse reaction to the chemical peel may increase if you use these products too closely to receiving a peel. Let your aesthetician know if you are taking any antibiotics or prescription medications. These may also increase your skin’s sensitivity. Avoid direct sunlight and be sure your skin is not sunburnt when you come in for your treatment.
Who is a good candidate?
Anyone looking to improve the tone, texture or overall appearance of their skin and is willing to commit to a series of treatments and proper home care to insure the best results. Chemical peels can tackle a wide range of skin issues such as; hyperpigmentation and melasma, active acne, pigmented acne scars, and fine lines and wrinkles.
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There are various types of chemical peels available at our practice. When you come in for your treatment your aesthetician will consult with you and based on your desired results and available downtime, decide on which peel will be best.
There are different levels to chemical peels and you will most likely begin your journey with a basic peel and work your way up to a more advanced one. It’s important to start at a level your skin can easily tolerate and come back every 4-6 weeks leveling up each time. Your fist peel will most likely not result in a large amount of skin peeling, but it is a result we can achieve after a few weeks or months of preparation.
The treatment includes a deep cleanse to prepare the skin, the application of the peel, and any finishing products like a moisturizer and sunscreen, if necessary.
The entire process takes about 45 minutes.
Chemical Peel Post-Care Guide:
What to expect post-treatment:
Most clients will experience redness that may last 3-10 days. Some describe it similar to a sunburn. Peeling and flaking is also normal. It typically begins within 2-3 days following your treatment. Your skin will also feel sensitive and tight. The downtime and reaction will entirely depend on the depth of the chosen peel. Once the skin has peeled and fallen off, the new skin underneath will be quite red and sensitive. Follow instructions carefully to ensure maximum results.
How to care for your freshly peeled skin:
The way you care for your skin following a chemical peel will have a major effect on your overall results. Keep your skin hydrated and protected at all times. Make sure you are sleeping on a clean pillowcase and avoid touching the area. It is recommended not to engage in strenuous exercise for the first 24-48 hours following your treatment. You will also want to avoid saunas, steam rooms, or heat to the skin of any kind (i.e. hot yoga) and stay out of direct sunlight.
Should your skin begin to peel or flake, DO NOT PICK AT IT. It is imperative not to pick or tear the peeling skin as it begins to slough off. Your skin is doing exactly what it is supposed to do, so trust the process. Tearing the skin prematurely can result in causing irreversible damage to your skin such as hypopigmentation or scarring.
Follow instructions closely and use the recommended products from your aesthetician.
Products to care for your freshly peeled skin:
Use a creamy, neutral and non-exfoliating cleanser post-chemical peel. Wash your face morning and night and then apply a neutral, hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen in the morning for the first 3 days.
Do not use any active ingredients on your skin such as retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc for 7-10 days following your treatment.
If you have any questions about a particular product please consult with your aesthetician.
Our aestheticians love these products to use post-treatment and they can be purchased in the office during your appointment.
Immediately following the treatment stick to these 3 products for at least 3 days: