TYPES OF CHEMICAL PEEL
For Aging / Premature Signs of Aging
Reduces visible signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, photo damage. Increase hydration in stratum corneum. Improve skin texture, tone and smoothness. Plumps skin.
For Premature Signs of Aging / Acne-Prone Skin
Decrease appearance of fine lines, wrinkle and other premature signs of skin again. Reduces appearance of acne blemishes and pore size. Lessens appearance of dark spots. Improves appearance of skin tone, texture and smoothness
For Chrono- & Photo-aging / Moderate to Severe Hyperpigmented Skin
Decreases appearance of moderate to severe hyper pigmented skin. Reduces visible signs of aging: fine lines and coarse wrinkles. Improves appearance of skin tone, texture and smoothness.
For Premature Signs of Aging / Aging / Superficial Hyperpigmented Skin
Reduces appearance of moderate hyperpigmented skin. Improves skin radiance (brightening effect). Improves skin tone, texture and smoothness
For Acne-Prone Skin
Helps reduce appearance of oily, blemish-prone skin. Helps remove access sebum. Improves complexion brightness. Improves skin clarity. Improves skin texture, tone and smoothness
For Skin Prone to Intermittent to Permanent Redness
Reduces appearance of skin redness. Reduces appearance of pores. Improves skin texture, tone and smoothness. Minimizes mild chrono- or photo-aging and mild hyperpigmented skin
CHEMICAL PEEL FAQs
What is a peel and how does it benefit my skin?
A peel is the process of applying a solution to the treatment area for a few minutes, and then neutralizing it with a solution. You may experience a tingling sensation, slight stinging and mild redness that may last for several minutes. The immediate result is softer, smoother skin. A series of peels, used over weeks or months, along with a daily skin care regimen, sloughs away the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal fresher, healthier looking skin.
How soon will I notice results? How long does the program last?
You will feel an improvement in the softness of your skin in as little as 1 week. As the treatment progresses, you will notice a difference in the overall appearance of your skin. The peel program generally consists of a series of peels given every 2-4 weeks. The length of the program and frequency of visits, however, will be determined by you and the skin specialist. The at-home regimen provides daily exfoliation and maximizes the benefits of your peels. Keep in mind that it will take several months of treatment before you see the optimal skin rejuvenation benefits.
Are the at-home skin care products effective without the peels?
Yes, the at-home skincare products can be effective without the peels. Keep in mind, though, that using the at-home products together with a peel regimen will deliver the best results at a much quicker rate.
Who is a candidate for the chemical peel?
During the consultation, your medical history will be reviewed and you will be prescribed the treatment that best meets your needs. Let us know if you have experienced any of the following: active herpes simplex (cold sores), psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, recent surgeries, a bad sunburn, hypertrophic or keloidal scarring or used Accutane. It’s also important to tell us if you sunbathe, use a sun-tanning booth, smoke, are pregnant or nursing, or are a vegetarian.
Can men or younger adults benefit from chemical peels?
Yes! Chemical peels provide the same exfoliation benefits for men as for women, including helping to slough away dead skin cells to reveal healthier skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic acid also helps minimize razor bumps. For teens with acne-prone skin, chemical peels help eliminate oil and reduce the further breakout of acne.
Are chemical peels safe?
Yes. Dermatologist have been performing chemical peels for more than 50 years with an excellent safety record.
Is there downtime?
Depending upon which solution we agree upon, there can be absolutely no downtime! For someone looking for a brightening glow for the weekend, a light, refreshing peel is perfect!
Is it painful?
People typically find getting a chemical peel quite relaxing. Imagine laying down, eyes closed and having your face attended to and pampered. There is some minimal discomfort when the solution is applied, but this typically only lasts for a few minutes.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Each peel procedure takes around 20 minutes depending on the type of peel and number of layers applied. During the procedure, a mild tingling, itching or heating sensation may be temporarily experienced.
Some medications and health conditions don’t go well together with a chemical peel. If you are using or experiencing any of the following contraindications, you need to follow the guidelines stated below.
Accutane –1 year off (isotretinoin, 13–cis–retinoic acid)
Retin–A, Tretinoin, Renova, Tazorac, EpiDuo, Differin, Avage, Ziana–Discontinue for 7 to 10 days prior to treatment
Pregnant or Lactating
Allergy to Aspirin–(salicylic peels)
Sunburned –or compromised skin; Outdoor lifestyle, Tanning Bed Users, Avid golfer or skier, sun worshiper
Serious Medical Conditions –Heart condition/problems, immunity disorder, Diabetic, etc.
Medications –Diabetes Type 2, Lupus, Chemo
Permanent Cosmetics –wait 7 days then cover with occlusive barrier
Active Cold Sores –or lesions
Active Herpes Simplex, warts, history of keloid scarring
Immediately post lift of facial surgery must have a doctor note
Rosacea –Will need to be evaluated (moderate to severe or current flare up)
Facial Waxing –requires a 72–hour waiting period
On anactive high B5 supplement (increases chances of scarring)
High Blood Pressure
Discontinue the use of Vitamin A keratolytic Drugs 7 days before & after peel
Open sores or wounds in treated area
Facial Cancers or facial melanoma, Preexisting inflammatory dermatoses eg: psoriasis, dermatitis, pemphigus
Darker Skin –Fitzpatrick 4–6
Ehlers Danlos–overly flexible joints, skin that is translucent, elastic, and bruises easily.
PRE TREATMENT CARE
ONE WEEK BEFORE YOUR PEEL
Discontinue any topical prescriptions or products containing Retinol or Vitamin A. Avoid waxing, electrolysis, Hair removal creams, and laser hair removal treatments. Avoid sun exposure (and tanning beds). Do not receive Botox or Dermal Fillers. Do not have another facial or peel treatment.
DAY OF YOUR PEEL
Do not use any alpha hydroxy acid(AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and benzoyl peroxide. Stop any exfoliating products that may be dry or irritating. Men-DO NOT SHAVE
POST TREATMENT CARE
You may resume your daily activities or return to work immediately. Mineral Makeup can be re–applied immediately if desired. Your skin may feel extra sensitive. It is normal to see a little redness for part of the day. Minimize sun exposure. For the next 24 hours, strenuous exercise, or any activity that causes excessive perspiration can be irritating. It is imperative that no tanning is done while you are undergoing these treatments.
Apply moisturizer twice daily until the skin returns to its normal state.
Use a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher every morning. Sunlight on the skin after a peel can cause brown discoloration of the skin.
You may apply mineral makeup the day after your peel.
Refrain from waxing, electrolysis or depilatories for at least 7 days.
Delay use of Retin–A, Tazorac, Renova, Differin, Avage, Epiduo, Ziana and high percentages of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids.
Do not pick or pull on any loosening or peeling skin. This could cause discoloration.
Do not go swimming.
Do not put your face directly into hot shower spray. Do not use Jacuzzi, steam room or sauna.
Do not use loofahs or other mean of exfoliation.
Do not direct a hair dryer onto the treated area
Full aftercare instructions will be provided after the treatment and strict adherence to these is essential to minimize discomfort and to ensure optimal results and healing.