Chemical peels are one of the most effective ways to treat acne, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and dry/dull skin. They remove the skin’s outermost layers to stimulate cell renewal and turnover to improve skin appearance and texture and deliver powerful anti-aging, antioxidant and brightening active ingredients to the deeper skin layers for corrective measure. One of our peels can be combined with dermaplaning and all can be combined with additional microdermabrasion or clay and hydration treatments.
Before Your Treatment
Provide a detailed and accurate medical history including medications, allergies and previous aesthetic treatments/complications. You cannot undergo aesthetic treatments aside from some skin care options while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Those with darker skin types may be required to use home-care products prior to having stronger chemical peels to avoid active melanocytes from causing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). There are several peel options that require no pre-treatment.
Consider the aftercare instructions/downtime as well as timeline for expected results prior to scheduling your treatment. Do not undergo aesthetic treatments right before a vacation or special event.
Avoid tanning, hair removal, sunburn, Accutane and active skin care ingredients such as retinol prior to treatment. Those with undiagnosed skin lesions are not safe to undergo peels.
Always report aspirin allergies as they are a contraindication for some peels.
Be sure to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to your procedure to reduce the chances of becoming lightheaded.
Cancel your appointment if you are acutely ill or have a rash or cold sore in the treatment area. Those with a history of cold sores (Herpes Simplex 1) should take a course of antiviral medication in advance of procedures in the perioral area.
If possible, please come to your appointment with your face make-up free and freshly washed.
A series of 3-6 peels is often recommended to achieve correction of skin issues.
What To Expect At Your Treatment
Your provider will begin with ‘before’ photos and will review steps, expectations and instructions. During the peel, the provider will be watching for ‘end points,’ or indications that the peel is complete but the client’s subjective experience is important to share because this too determines the duration and intensity of the peel.
Your face will be cleansed and toned and then the peel solution will be applied with a small brush. Although the term, chemical peel, evokes fear in people, most clients report the sensation as a mild tingling, hot sensation or sometimes slightly burning. This sensation will never surpass a subjective rating of 6/10 before being neutralized or removed and the use of a fan typically makes the procedure much more comfortable for the patient.
Based on tolerance and the way the skin is reacting, the provider will determine the peel duration and number of layers that will be applied.
Chemical peels are fully customizable so no two peels ever play out the exact same way and your treatment will be tailored to your unique skincare needs.
Immediately following treatment, you may have redness and maybe some slight swelling or itching, which typically resolves within a few hours. Clients take home a week’s worth of complimentary skin care products including a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen specifically formulated for post-peel care.
Despite the name, most peels result in little or no actual peeling however the more intensive peels often cause 3-5 days of mild dryness and flaking.