What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck , chest, arms, legs or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel 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.
Benefits of Chemical Peels:
- Improves skin condition and texture by removing damaged skin cells
- Reduces signs of acne, pigmentation, enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles
- The skin will be noticeably fresher and smoother looking
Types of Chemical Peels:
Chemical peels are classified as either light, medium, or deep.
- A light chemical peel will exfoliate the top layer of the skin or the epidermis. Typically no down time is required. Skin may be pink or mild dryness or minimal to no flaking may occur. This treatment will improve fine lines, mild discoloration, acne and dry skin.
- A medium depth chemical peel will exfoliate the mid layers of the skin or the epidermis and the upper layers of the dermis. The skin will shed ‘like a snake’ for 3-6 days. This will soften acne scars, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
- A deep depth chemical peel will exfoliate the lower layers of the dermis. Initial healing will require 2 full weeks or more of intense shedding or for full healing time may take several months. This peel will treat deep wrinkles and lines, pigmentation, and scaring.
- Prior to any chemical peel no tanning or sun exposure can occur for 4 weeks before treatment.
- No exfoliating products including all alpha hydroxyl acids or vitamin A/ retinol products must be avoided for 3-5 days prior to treatment.
- Wear #30 spf UVA/UVB sun protection.
- For 1 week after chemical peel as skin is peeling and healing, do not use exfoliating products-all alpha hydroxyl acids and vitamin A/retinol products
- Do not pick or pull skin as it is peeling
- Avoid sun exposure! Wear daily spf 30, wear large hat to cover treated area
* Individual Results May Vary