A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to deeply exfoliate and remove the outer layer of the skin where old and damaged skin cells reside. This deep exfoliation causes an actual peeling of the skin layer revealing new soft bright smooth skin underneath. Chemical peels contain different types of ingredients that have varying depths of skin penetration There are three options depending on your needs and your skin type.
- Light chemical peel. A light (superficial) chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). It is ideal for skin that feels rough or looks dull, as it uses exfoliation ingredients to renew and revive the skin. Often referred to as a “lunchtime peel”, there is no downtime with this peel and you can resume your usual activities immediately after. While you don’t actually peel, this peel stimulates cellular turnover, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving overall skin tone texture and clarity without downtime.
- Medium chemical peel. A medium chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) and from portions of the upper part of the dermis (middle layer of skin). Because this peel affects a deeper layer of the skin, you will actually peel for several days after the treatment. However underneath the peeling skin is bright, soft smooth beautiful new skin. It is used to treat mild-moderate wrinkles and lines, uneven skin tone, acne and acne scars, poor skin texture, and dullness.
- Deep chemical peel. A deep chemical peel removes skin cells even deeper into the dermis. It resurfaces damaged skin by causing superficial cells to peel away, resulting in a tighter, smoother, more even complexion. This peel is an in office procedure performed by a physician, requiring light sedation – hence a driver from the appointment is needed. Peeling occurs for one to two weeks after the procedure, and redness can last for up to several weeks.
How do I prepare for a chemical peel?
The first step is to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific cosmetic needs. An exam of the skin is then performed to assess skin thickness, health and condition. Photographs are often taken at this appointment.
Skin preparation for the peel may take up to 4 weeks. The type of peel will dictate what is needed for preparation – for instance retinol, hydroquinone or glycolic may be prescribed.
What to expect during the peel
The actual peel application method will vary depending on the chosen peel agent. Liquid solutions will be applied using a gauze swab, while gels will be applied using a wooden spatula. The peeling agent is first applied to areas with thicker skin such as the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. It is not unusual to feel burning or mild discomfort during the peel. For this reason clinicians will use a fan or another type of blower during the peel to soften this. For deeper peels, you may need light sedation. Upon completion of the treatment, a neutralizing solution, thick cream or ice may be applied.
What to expect after the peel.
Immediately after a chemical peel, your skin will be red and appear irritated. Deeper peels may result in worse redness and swelling. You will start to peel approximately 2 days or so after the treatment and continue to peel depending on the type of peel. Usually a protective ointment or deeply hydrating cream can be applied during the healing process, and complete peeling will be apparent in up to 2 weeks. Chemical peels are a quick, safe and cost effective method for skin rejuvenation.
At BeautoxEtc we offer both light and moderate peels. Book a complimentary consultation today to see how we can help you peel away that old dead skin to reveal the beautiful skin underneath!