Chemical Peels are continuing to become more popular and essential as an anti-aging specialized skin care regime. A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove the outermost layer(s) of the skin, promoting skin cell turnover and regeneration. The chemical solution, which is usually a combination of various acids such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or trichloroacetic acid (TCA), is applied to the skin and left on for a few minutes, depending on the depth of the peel and the desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Improved skin texture
- Brighter, more even skin tone
- Reduced acne and breakouts
- Stimulated collagen production
- Smoother, softer skin
- Reduced appearance of scars
- Improved product absorption
The chemical solution works by dissolving the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together, causing them to shed and reveal the fresher, younger-looking skin beneath. The depth of the peel and the specific type of acid used can be adjusted based on the client’s individual skin concerns and goals.
After the chemical solution is applied, the skin may feel tight with slight tingling, and there may be some redness and peeling as the old skin cells shed and the new skin cells regenerate.
A few weeks before your procedure, it is helpful to prep your skin by cleansing and moisturizing it twice daily. You should avoid products that contain any acids in them such as retinols, glycolic, salicylic and vitamin c. It is recommended that you book a consultation with your skin care specialist to determine your precise skin care regiment prior to your peel.
Immediately after a chemical peel procedure, your skin may feel tight, or sunburned. Cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen are highly recommended after a chemical peel. It is also important to avoid sun exposure during the early healing period. Be sure not to peel off any skin as this may lead to scarring.
Side effects for chemical peels are rare and mild, especially when in the right hands. After a treatment you may notice slight redness for up to 24 hours. Dry, flaky skin or light crusting may last up to 4 or 5 days after peel.
Chemical peels have been proven to be a highly effective way to improve the appearance of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and other skin imperfections. We generally recommend a skin care regime of once ever 4 weeks with a minimum of 5 sessions to start with.