FAQs: Chemical Peel Treatment
There are many types of chemical peels, each with different ingredients and strengths to address a variety of skin concerns. Let’s discuss some of the most common questions we hear about chemical peel treatment so you can decide if it is right for you.
What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels range from light to deep, which references the strength and level of exfoliation. These powerful skin treatments use a variety of active ingredients to remove old skin cells and treat specific concerns such as pigmentation. In addition, they help to stimulate your body’s own collagen production. Mild to moderate exfoliation is safe for nearly all skin types and makes an excellent addition to your at-home skincare routine. Deep peels can remove layers of sun damage and even out your skin tone considerably. Some common chemical peel ingredients include:
- Glycolic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Lactic Acid
- TCA (trichloroacetic acid)
- Vitamin C
- …and more!
Alpha hydroxy acids (such as glycolic or salicylic acid) help to exfoliate the skin and stimulate collagen production. The custom blend of acids, enzymes, and vitamins tackles skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation, and scarring.
What Is A Chemical Peel Treatment Like?
Most peels are virtually painless, done quickly in the office, and have easy post-care instructions. After thoroughly cleansing your face, we apply a custom blend of ingredients and let it go to work. The peel is neutralized and rinsed off. Initially, you may think nothing has happened but soon the peeling process begins. Around day 3, the outer dull layer of the skin will begin to peel and will continue for another 3-4 days. The transformation is usually complete in 7-10 days, depending on the strength of the peel. Finally, a new layer of healthy, glowing skin is revealed!
During peeling, you should not pick at the skin in any way. We recommend avoiding heavy exercise and sweating until the peeling is complete, however, you are free to return to your other activities. If you have never had a peel before, we recommend a series of 2-3 peels, four weeks apart to see maximum benefits. After that, you can return for maintenance just a few times a year.
What Results Can I Expect?
Your results will depend on the type of peel we apply. Deep peels can acheive a completely resurfaced layer of skin. You will notice a drastic improvement in skin tone, evenness, and texture as well as a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
Lighter peels may not yield as much flaking, however, they still produce noticeably brighter skin and smoother texture. With these, it may take a series of peels to get to your optimal results. Many people add light peels regularly to their routine every few months as a “boost” to their skincare. Read more about the benefits of chemical peels HERE.
If you are considering a peel, our experienced providers can help you choose the right peel to achieve the skin you desire. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!