A chemical peel is a treatment performed only professionally at a spa or a dermatologists office to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands.
The chemical depending on its concentration penetrates into the skin and loosens the cells causing it to exfoliate and eventually peel or slough off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun, therefore you need to make sure you apply sun screen in the day time. Chemical peels are usually recommended at the end of the summer season. Having peels in the summer, especially in Arizona is not recommended as there is a high chance of hyperpigmentation.
Types of Chemical peels
Superficial or lunchtime peel: Very mild or light concentration acids that only penetrate the outer layer of skin is used to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands. You can do these peels in conjuction with microdermabrasion or dermaplane. Sometimes, a light microneedling can also be done with a mild peel to boost it and give you results of a medium peel while using only a mild acid.
Medium peel: Higher concentration acids are applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis.
We recommend our clients do a series of peels to see best results. Generally a series of 3 to 6 is recommended every 2 to 3 weeks depending on the strength of the peels.
Benefits of a chemical peel
Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:
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Who is not a candidate for a chemical peel?
If you are suffering from any infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex (cold sores).
Nursing or pregnant
Have taken Accutane in last six months
Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea
Have been using Retin-A, Renova for preceding couple of weeks
What to expect after a chemical peel?
After a peel your skin will feel dry and tight for the first few days. Follow the advise given by your esthetician and stay away from any active products.
You will begin to peel depending on the condition of your skin within the next day or two and it will last for about 7 - 10 days depending on the strength of the peel. At this time you should ensure you do not pick or over wash your face. Don not try to help get the peel off. Let it work its course. Keep your skin hydrated at all times and use SPF diligently.
Once the peeling has stopped you will notice your skin brighter, healthier and firmer. Mineral makeup can be worn during this process. The aim during this time is keeping the skin hydrated at all times by using a hydrating spray during the day and an intense moisturizer during the night.
If you think you want to explore the path of chemical peels please contact us and we will guide you towards the right direction to achieve your skin care goals.