What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is beauty treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of skin. Chemical peels can usually be completed in less than 30 minutes. After the treatment, your face will likely be red and sensitive. Your skin may peel and flake for the following three to five days. As the dead skin cells flake off, younger, more radiant skin is revealed.
Why Should I Sign Up for a Chemical Peel?
As mentioned above, chemical peels reveal a brighter, smoother and more radiant complexion. The look and feel of you skin can improve with just one treatment. The other benefits include:
- Improved skin color, clarity, tone and texture
- New collagen production and skin cell growth
- Reduced skin discoloration and sun damage repair
- Clear up breakouts
- Smooth away the look of fine lines and wrinkles
- Increased skin hydration (moisture levels)
- Fade superficial skin imperfections and scars
- Improved results from skincare products due to improved penetration
How Many Peels Will I Need and How Often?
To obtain the best results from a chemical peel, you will need ~3 peels spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
What Chemicals will be used for my Peel?
We use a peel solution that contains:
- 30% Glycolic Acid – keratolytic (releases old, dead skin cells) alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that smoothes skin and improves skin texture
- 10% TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) – a stronger acid for fine lines, surface imperfections and pigment discoloration
- 10% Salicylic Acid – dissolves cellular glue for purifying, antibacterial, anti-microbial benefits
- Mushroom Extract – a pore tightening agent that contains amino acids and minerals to strengthen skin
- Neem Leaf Extract – enhances immune function and has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities
- Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan) – rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids that preserves cell integrity and regulates oil production
Who is a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
In general, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are the best candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results (depending upon the type of problem being treated). However, you may also be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.
Who is a Poor Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
If your skin sags, bulges, or has more severe wrinkles, a chemical peel will not address these issues. You may benefit from other minimally-invasive treatments like botulinum toxin or dermal fillers. In more severe cases, cosmetic surgical procedures like intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment or laser resurfacing, a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid lift may be required.
In addition, some medications and health conditions don’t pair well with a chemical peel. If you are using or experiencing any of the following contraindications, follow the timelines as stated:
- Accutane: 1 year off the medication
- Retin-A: Discontinue for 7- 10 days prior to treatment.
- Pregnant or Lactating
- Allergy to Aspirin
- Sunburned or compromised skin: Outdoors lifestyle, Tanning bed users, Avid golfer or skier, Sun worshiper
- Serious Medical Condition: Heart condition/problem, Immunity disorder, Diabetes etc.
- Medications: Diabetes Type 2, Lupus, chemotherapy
- Permanent cosmetics – wait 7 days then cover with occlusive barrier
- Active cold sores or lesions (patients with a strong history of cold sores are sometimes given a prescription of acyclovir to take 3 days before the treatment and continued for 7 days after)
- Active facial rash
- Immediately after facial surgery requires approval from your surgeon
- Rosacea – will need to be evaluated (many respond better to Intense Pulsed Light)
- Facial Waxing – requires a 72 hour waiting period.
How Do I Prepare for my Chemical Peel?
ONE WEEK BEFORE THE PEEL
- Discontinue any topical prescriptions or any products containing Retinol or Vitamin A
- Avoid waxing, electrolysis, hair removal creams, and laser hair removal treatments
- Avoid sun exposure (and tanning beds)
- Do not have another facial or peel treatment
DAY OF YOUR PEEL
- Do not use any alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide products on your face
- Stop any exfoliating products that may be drying or irritating
- MEN-DO NOT SHAVE!
How Do I Care for my Face After a Chemical Peel?
IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR PEEL
A gel mask will be applied to your face at the end of your treatment. This will help to protect your face between leaving the clinic and arriving at your home. Once home, you can clean the gel mask from your face with a mild cleanser and water (do not use any products with alcohol–it will not be comfortable).
THE NEXT 72 HOURS AFTER YOUR PEEL
- Avoid direct sun and extremes of heat or cold. This includes activities like gardening, cooking over a hot stove for a long period of time, exercising, swimming, sitting next to a bonfire or fireplace, hot tubs, baths or saunas.
- Discontinue use of any AHA products for 72 hours or longer if doing a treatment cycle. A client may continue their regular skin care routine after 72 hours or when their skin is no longer flaking or peeling.
- Use hydrating and reparative products. Products rich in soothing and healing ingredients are best to encourage new healthy cell growth. Antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E, Natural Skin Lighteners and Growth Factors work well.
- Use Sunscreen (SPF 30 or greater | Oil-free) and broad rimmed hats. Clients should never go out even on a cloudy day without sun protection if they do peels.
- No scratching, peeling or picking. no exercise, steam rooms or hot tubs for first 24 hours, drink plenty of water and have a realistic expectation of the healing process.