What is a chemical peel?
- A chemical peel is an exfoliation of the skin, utilizing acids to remove the corneous layer of the skin, resulting in desquamation.
What are the chemical peel categories?
- There are three different categories of peels:
- Superfical Peels/Light Peels: These peels are administered by a professional spa therapist or a dermatologist and are commonly AHA or BHA based peels which work superficially, removing the outermost layer of the skin.
- Medium Peels: These peels are performed by a dermatologist or a medical physician and are usually TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) based and are known to penetrate deeper into the skin.
- Deep Peels: These peels are conduceted by a dermatologist or a surgeon as these peels contain high strength Trichloroacetic Acid or Carbolic Acid, resulting in deeper penetration of the acids into the dermal layers of the skin.
What conditions do chemical peels treat?
- A chemical peel consists of the application of a chemical solution to remove superficial dead skin cells, while removing the outermost layer of the skin, thus being beneficial to a wide variety of skin conditions. Through the act of exfoliation reduction of fine lines and wrinkles is achieved, improves the appearance of a dull complexion, lightens hyperpigmentation such as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation left from acne, and lightens sun-induced free radical damage such as lentigines.
- Pregnant or Lactating
- Use of Accutane for the past 6 months
- Active herpetic breakout (cold sore) on the area being treated the day of the chemical peel.
Prior to receiving a chemical peel
- Discontinue intense pulsed light and microdermabrasion treatments on the area being treated 4 weeks prior to receiving a chemical peel.
- Refrain from waxing, threading, sugaring, plucking, and shaving on the area to be treated 1 week prior to the treatment.
- Discontinue any method of tanning 4 weeks prior to receiving a chemical peel.
- Do not utilize Retinol or AHA/BHA skin care products 1 week prior to the treatment.
- Consult with your therapist prior to receiving a chemical peel.
What to expect during a superficial/light chemical peel treatment?
- During the procedure, the patient may notice slight tingling, stinging, or an itchy sensation on the skin.
What to expect after a superficial/light chemical peel treatment?
- After receiving a peel it is normal to experience some redness on the treated area and within 2 to 3 days post-treatment the patient may notice peeling of the skin.
- Avoid any method of tanning, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, photofacials, and exfoliation 2 weeks post treatment as these may lead to hyperpigmentation and other adverse effects after a chemical peel.
- Refrain from waxing, sugaring, threading, plucking, and shaving the treated area 7 days post treatment.
- Do not use any topical acne products 7 days after a chemical peel.
- Refrain from Dermal Fillers, Retinoids/Retinol and AHA/BHA skin care products 7 post treatment.
IMPORTANT: After receiving a chemical peel it is crucial to follow your therapist’s home-care instructions as this will enable optimal results. Additionally, please apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure as the skin becomes more sensitive after a chemical peel.
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