The Benefits of Chemical Peels
The Benefits of Chemical Peels
What are chemical peels?
Don’t let the name deter you from exploring the many benefits of professional chemical peels! The acids used in chemical peels are safe for the skin. They are a popular treatment for many skin types and conditions. Above all, they deliver optimal results when performed by a trained professional.
Types of Acids
Professional chemical peels typically use acids derived from natural sources.
Most commonly used acids include glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol).
Dependent on your skin type and condition, your skin care specialist will select an appropriate acid to use.
How do chemical peels work?
Chemical peels work by separating the upper layers of the skin causing an accelerated cell turnover rate. Because of their molecular structure, these acids are able to penetrate past the acid mantle of the skin and deep into the layers beneath the surface of the skin. This causes your skin to shed and regenerate a new layer of skin in a 1 to 2 week period.
What can I expect during my treatment?
Your skin care specialist begins by thoroughly cleansing your skin thereby removing any surface debris and oils.
An acid solution is then applied using cotton swabs or a gentle brush. This is typically left on for 1-5 minutes (according to the manufacturer’s instructions).
After that, the solution is then neutralized with cool water or a neutralizing solution such as sodium bicarbonate. Some peels, such as our salicylic peel, are left on the skin to self-neutralize and later convert into nutrients. Soothing moisture care is then applied along with appropriate SPF.
How can I prepare for my peel?
Sun exposure must be kept to a minimum (as in get in your car, transport yourself to where you need to be, and get indoors!).
If you are using any BHA (BetaHydroxy Acid) or AHA (AlphaHydroxy Acid) or Retin A products, you must discontinue usage approximately 1 week prior to treatment.
Unfortunately, if you are currently using or have used in the past 12 months a prescription acne-clearing medication, your skin is NOT eligible for acid peels.
After treatment procedures, recovery time from peels is typically 1-2 days. However, dependent on your skin’s natural reaction, scaling and flaking can be expected. Subsequently, your skin may take up to 2 weeks to completely shed. In other words, be mindful of your social calendar when booking your appointment.
Here are some tips to maximize your chemical peel benefits:
- SPF is a MUST, and your sunblock should have a minimum SPF 20 protection.
- Refrain from wearing makeup for 24 hours unless you are using a high-grade mineral makeup
- Avoid heat, perspiration, and fragranced products for 24 hours
Proper home care regimen is vital in maintaining and promoting acid peel results.
Chemical Peel Benefits
Typical results with most peels include
- Increased vibrancy
- Improved hydration
- Intensified product penetration and absorption
- Clearance in skin tone
- Smooth and improved texture
- Clearance or reduction of active blemishes
- Improved appearance of scarring
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