What is a chemical peel and how does it work?
A chemical peel is a procedure that accelerates skin turnover and speeds pigment reduction, resulting in healthier skin and a more uniform complexion. It is a quick way to remove dead skin cells, fine lines, small scars, freckles, dark spots and/or skin imperfections caused by aging and hormones. Because peels slough off unwanted dead skin cells, and force brand new fresh skin to the surface, it gives you the appearance of tighter, brighter skin and smaller pores.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
A chemical peel reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin color, clarity and texture. It enhances skin glow and radiance by inducing production of new collagen and stimulating new healthy skin cell growth. Melasma can be improved, along with other types of discoloration and pigmentation. A chemical peel also addresses visible skin imperfections and scarring.
What is the downtime after a chemical peel?
This depends on the level of the peel but typical down time is minimal. Peels can be done at different depths; light, medium or deep, depending on the desired results and the area treated. Deeper peels have higher risks and longer downtime. However similar results can be achieved through a more progressive, rather than aggressive approach. You will experience tightness, along with some redness and flaking. Peeling usually begins on day 3 post peel and lasts 5 to 7 days. Chemical peels can also be customized through the addition of lightening agents, stem cells and other enhancements. They can be combined with microdermabrasion for deeper exfoliation.
Why is fall and winter a good time for chemical peels?
There is less sunlight and fewer outdoor activities, which means lower UV levels and a perfect environment to heal your skin more quickly. There is far less humidity in the colder seasons and peels can help with the dry skin, eczema and rosacea that are associated. Have a series of peels to significantly improve your skin before next summer. A series of 4 to 6 peels targets the deeper layers of the epidermis for enhanced exfoliation and cellular turnover which produces healthy, glowing skin. Hyper-pigmentation is also greatly improved by a series of chemical peels. In order to allow your skin to heal between treatments, peels are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
As a licensed esthetician, I have trained in and carry a wide variety of peels and enhancements, including Image and PCA and can customize the right chemical peel for your skin type and skin care goals. Call today or use the Book Now button to schedule an appointment.