What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a chemical exfoliation used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin by removing its damaged outer layers. Chemical peels can be used to treat acne, uneven pigmentation, mild scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, dry skin, rough and sun damaged skin. Pre- treating skin with topical skin care products may be necessary prior to a chemical peel.
What to expect during a chemical peel?
This will vary from peel to peel. The chemical solution is applied on clean and prepped skin and left on for varying lengths of time. Sometimes a neutralizing solution or water will be used to remove the solution. In some instances, the chemical solution is left on the skin. It will self-neutralize. A moisturizer and sunblock will be applied after. Post care will be discussed at the time of treatment, and take home instructions will be given.
We utilize various types of chemical peels, both pharmacy and specialty peels. The following are some of the more common peels used.
Glytone by Enerpeel Peels~
Glycolic~ These peels can be used to decrease mild to moderate signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles.
Salicylic~ A salicylic peel is used to decrease the appearance of oily, blemish prone skin impacted by milia (whiteheads), comedones (blackheads), papules and pustules. It provides an exfoliating effect. We do one peel 2 weeks apart for a series of 3, with extractions.
Mandelic~ A mandelic peel can be used to help decrease occasional to permanent skin redness. It provides general improvement in skin color, texture and pore size. It provides superficial exfoliation. Mandelic peels are formulated for patients experiencing redness, sun, or reactive skin.
Pyruvic~ This peel helps decrease fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. It provides mild depth exfoliation. This is for patients experiencing premature skin aging, acne blemishes, seborrhea and mild hyperpigmentation. There is very little down time.
TCA~ A TCA peel is used to decrease moderate hyperpigmentation, fine lines, small scars and wrinkles. It provides superficial exfoliation. It is formulated to minimize the inconveniences caused by other tca peels including pain and down time. This peel is formulated for patients experiencing moderate hyperpigmentation and more visible signs of aging and melasma.
Hand Peel~ This peel is a cocktail of acids, used to decrease hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and signs of aging, as well as giving a skin lightening effect. It provides medium depth exfoliation.
Visao MD Lactic acid peel~ This peel is a great skin refresher and brightener. Botanical extracts provide emollient humectancy. There is usually no down time, and it is used to rejuvenate the skin and give you that radiant glow back.
Innovative vitalize peel~ This peel is a great peel for acne and anti-aging. This peel treatment requires you to leave with peel product on your face for 7 to 8 hours, or you can wash off in the morning. For acne, we do one peel 3 to 4 weeks apart for a series of three along with extractions.
We tailor each peel to the patient’s individual skin.