Chemical Peels

Targeted Treatments to Reveal Smoother, Healthier Skin

Maintaining and restoring the health and appearance of your skin is crucial, and office-based chemical peels play a key role in achieving this. Administered by skincare professionals, these exfoliating treatments work to unveil fresh, healthy skin by resurfacing the outermost skin layer. Chemical peels come in diverse formulations and concentrations, catering to different skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, enlarged pores, and uneven skin tone.

Consult with one of our skincare professionals to create a customized treatment plan for your specific skin goals.


What Are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels, administered by skincare professionals, work to exfoliate the skin’s surface, reducing blemishes, smoothing texture, enhancing radiance, and restoring overall skin health. Their effectiveness lies in boosting cell turnover and improving surface appearance.

These peels vary in strength and acidic formulations, ranging from superficial to deeply penetrating. Common acids include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). AHAs address aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and uneven texture. BHAs tackle problematic skin concerns such as blemishes, large pores, and uneven texture. TCA is effective against advanced signs of aging and discoloration from sun damage, acne, or hormones.

The SkinCeuticals Smart TCA Peel, containing 15% TCA and 3% glycolic acid, is formulated to improve moderate to advanced fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.

Crucially, these peels should be performed by licensed skincare professionals using clinically proven, high-performing peel solutions to ensure desired results.

The choice of chemical peel depth and type by a skincare professional is contingent on factors such as the skin’s condition, Fitzpatrick type (skin color and burn likelihood), and the client’s skincare habits. As a rule of thumb, greater caution is advised for higher Fitzpatrick skin types to prevent triggering a pigment response. For individuals with extremely sensitive skin or experiencing barrier dysfunction (eczema, psoriasis, etc.), chemical peels are typically not recommended.

Chemical peels come in three categories based on their depth of penetration: superficial, medium, and deep. The choice of peel type and depth is tailored to your skin type, concerns, Fitzpatrick type, and skincare habits.

Superficial peels target the uppermost layer of the epidermis, often used in a series to address fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. SkinCeuticals chemical peels, available through select skincare professionals, mainly fall into this category. The SkinCeuticals Micropeel Sensitive, a gentle introduction to chemical peels, is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, with minimal downtime. For acne-prone skin, the SkinCeuticals Micropeel Plus helps reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts. The SkinCeuticals Micropeel, known as the red carpet peel, is customizable for those aiming to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and enhance skin tone and radiance.

Medium-depth peels are more effective for moderate skin damage, including age spots, freckles, and actinic keratoses. They are often combined with laser treatments for maximum effectiveness.

Deep chemical peels, historically using phenol, penetrate down to the reticular layer of the dermis. However, these are less common today due to newer laser technology offering greater control and fewer post-procedure discomforts.

Chemical peels work wonders for the skin, enhancing both texture and appearance by shedding its outer layers. These facial treatments are highly effective in addressing blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. The application of a predetermined quantity of peel solution during the treatment is crucial, with the duration depending on factors like the type of peel, solution concentration, skin type, and the skin’s response to treatment.

This solution interacts with the skin’s upper layer, efficiently breaking the bonds that tether surface cells and unveiling smoother, healthier skin beneath. While some peels are self-neutralizing, most require neutralization with a buffering solution or water after treatment. The objective is to induce a controlled, safe injury to the skin, stimulating natural repair processes and revealing newer, brighter skin.

The impact of a professional chemical peel surpasses that of an exfoliating scrub or brush. What’s great is that chemical peels are suitable for nearly everyone; it’s just a matter of finding the right chemical for your skin type and concerns.

Chemical acids are further differentiated by the formulation’s pH (lower pH indicates stronger acidity) and the size of the molecule. For instance, a 20% concentration of glycolic acid at a pH of 3 might be more effective than a similar formulation of lactic acid due to the smaller size of the glycolic molecule, allowing better penetration into the skin.

Even with a superficial chemical peel, you might feel a tingling sensation on your skin, but don’t worry—it usually subsides once the peel solution is neutralized. For deeper peels, the activity can be more pronounced, often necessitating the application of a numbing cream beforehand. Generally, skin accustomed to acid use tends to handle stronger formulations better.

After a superficial peel, you may experience some redness, akin to a mild sunburn, lasting around 3 to 5 days. More intense medium and deep peels, on the other hand, can lead to noticeable redness, swelling, blistering (for deep peels), and/or peeling for 7 to 14 days. In the case of deep peels, bandages may be required for a few days post-treatment, along with prescribed painkillers to manage discomfort.

Right after a chemical peel, your skin becomes more sensitive to light. It’s crucial to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily post-treatment and minimize sun exposure to keep your skin protected.

The timing and frequency of chemical peel administration depend on the peel’s depth and concentration. Superficial peels can be integrated into an ongoing monthly skin maintenance program. Medium depth peels are typically done in a series of 3-6 sessions, while a deep peel may only be done once or twice a year. It’s crucial to undertake any peel series under the guidance of an experienced medical aesthetician or dermatologist.

Because chemical peels exfoliate the skin, making it more susceptible to environmental damage post-treatment, daily and diligent application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential. Your skincare professional might also suggest an at-home skincare regimen to help sustain the results of your chemical peel.

During periods of heightened UV exposure or activity, it’s advisable to avoid deep chemical peels or a series of medium-depth peels, as they can increase sun sensitivity in the skin. Opting for superficial chemical peels or lighter exfoliating agents is preferred during such times.

Consult with one of our skincare professionals to create a customized treatment plan for your specific skin goals.

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