What is a chemical facial peel?
A chemical peel is a treatment used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin on the face and body. It works by dissolving the upper layers of the skin. As the tissue is dissolved, a wound is created on the skin which stimulates the body’s healing response, causing new tissue to emerge.Chemical peels can be used to:
What is a Skin–Refining Peel?
Skin Refining or Chemical peels are a category of advanced clinical skin rejuvenation treatments that aid in reversing damaged skin due to factors such as aging, sun exposure and acne.
Who are candidates for Chemical Peels?
Clients who have facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation are candidates.
What are the types of Chemical Peels?
There are several types of Chemical Peels ranging in intensity and for different purposes.
Glycolic Retexturing Peel
Professional strength Glycolic peel rapidly exfoliates dead surface cells revealing smoother, brighter–looking skin. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) peels may be used for treating fine lines, areas of dryness and pigmentation problems. The peels’ ingredients originate from a pharmiceutical grade glycolic acids.
A highly effective professional exfoliation treatment to dramatically improve clarity and texture while it reduces free radical stress. Diminishes appearance of fine lines, helps visibly lighten pigment and reveals silky smooth, more radiant skin. The peels’ ingredients originate from glycolic, lactic and fruit acids.
Lactic/BHA Brightening Peel
This is the mildest form of Chemical Peels. It will visibly smooth fine lines, hydrate and alleviate the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Excellent for dry/mature skin, for those who are too sensitive for glycolic treatments, for those who new to peels or for those who have reached a plateau with other forms of peels.
How many treatments are required?
A series of 4-8 peels are recommended over 10 to 14 days depending on skin type. Then maintenance peels will be discussed on an individual basis. A complimentary consultation is suggested.
Are Chemical Peels safe?
Chemical Peels are safe, you should discontinue using acne medications, glycolic acid, skin lighteners and topical vitamin A products a few days before your peel.
Will there be any downtime?
There is no downtime with AHA Glycolic or Lactic Acid Chemical Peels. You should not expect much visible peeling. Dead skin cells are actually dissolved during the procedure. Though minor dryness and mild flaking can follow this procedure. The typical client feels mild itching and stinging while the product is on the skin. Wearing a sunscreen is mandatory following a peel.
What are the results of Skin–Refining Peels?
The results from these Skin Refining Chemical Peels may be very subtle at first. You will detect a natural, healthy glow to your skin, and with multiple treatments, even better results can be seen.
Who should avoid Chemical Peels?
Clients with cold sores or sensitive skin may be at a greater risk for post–treatment complications.
How does a chemical peel reduce the risk of skin cancer?
Routinely receiving chemical peels will reduce skin cancer by exfoliating the mutated cells up and off of the skin. Areas of sun damage, which may contain pre-cancerous keratoses may improve after a peel treatment. Following treatment, new pre-cancerous lesions are less likely to appear.
Is a chemical peel right for me?
Before having a chemical facial peel, it’s important to know if a peel is the right treatment for the problems you have. Peels are good at improving certain conditions however there may be a superior treatment for what ails you. The best thing to do if you are looking to improve your skin is consult with our skin care team who has access to many treatment options.
Does a chemical peel hurt?
You should expect to feel a slight tingling sensation, warmth and tightening of the skin during a peel treatment. The deeper the chemical peel the more activity you will feel, sometimes a stinging or pin-prickling sensation is experienced. Your aesthetician uses an activity scale from 1 to 5 to gauge your sensitivity to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
Is there recovery time?
The recovery time for a patient who has had a chemical peel will depend on the type and strength of the peel they’ve had. Treatments may cause temporary redness, tightness, peeling, flaking, light scabbing or dryness. Some patients may not experience anything other than a smooth, radiant complexion following treatment, each individual is different. It is recommended that extended sun exposure be avoided, especially two weeks after your peel. With every peel you receive a post treatment kit of products to help heal the skin and increase your recovery time. Usually after 7-10 days your skin fully recovers.