A chemical peel is a skin care technique used on the skin of the face, neck, or hands to improve the look and overall health of the skin. The strength of the peel used will be determined by the Medical Aesthetician and skin sloughing will vary from none to a few days. As the skin turns over, the peeling effect will look like dry skin. What you’re left with is skin that is smoother, healthier and has fewer wrinkles.
What Is A Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are used to treat many conditions, including:
- Acne scars
- Aging skin
- Crow’s feet
- Sun damage
- Lack of skin elasticity
LENGTH OF TREATMENT:
Useful for Treating:
There are three types of peels, each addressing different issues. Before you come for a chemical peel appointment, you will meet with one of our skin care specialists who will perform a short consultation to address your skin care needs. They will then determine which type of peel you need.
A superficial (or “lunchtime”) peel is the lightest of the three tiers of peels you could receive. This chemical peel process typically uses alpha-hydroxy acid, or any other mild acid to affect only the top layer of the skin and gently exfoliate it. If you suffer from mild skin discolouration and rough skin or want to refresh your face, neck, chest, or hands you may find this treatment best for you. There is no downtime with this peel and gentle enough for those with roseacea.
A medium peel uses a stronger solution applied to the skin. The peel penetrates deeper into the skin, affecting the outer and middle layers and removes damaged skin cells. If you suffer from age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, or moderate skin discolouration, this treatment may be best for you.
The strongest of the three options, this chemical peel process uses the highest concentration of acids to target the middle layer of skin and remove the damaged skin cells. This treatment is used for acne, moderate lines, age spots, freckles, and shallow acne scars. With a deep peel you will see a dramatic difference in your skin.
What to Expect
After Your Appointment
You may experience some tingling during the treatment.
A superficial peel is extremely mild and requires no downtime. You can leave with a glow to your skin, and return to your daily life. Your medical aesthetician will provide you with lotion or cream to apply to the skin if you experience any dryness or discomfort.
A medium peel may cause 1-3 days of sloughing. After the peel, it is normal for skin to appear mildly red. It’s important to use the post care kit provided by your Medical Aesthetician as directed. You can make a follow-up appointment to check on your skin’s recovery progress if needed at any time.
Deep peels require 1-4 days of recovery. Your Medical Aesthetician will provide you with important personalized instructions and post-care products to protect your skin. Sunscreen is always important but extremely necessary after a deep peel to keep the new skin protected.