What are chemical peels?
A Chemical Peel is when chemical agents are introduced to the skin to create a controlled wound. They remove dead skin cells which promotes the healthy growth of a new top layer of skin, likewise, they help improve concerns such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, uneven skin texture, and skin impurities.
How do they promote new skin?
They dissolve the top layer of your skin so you can shed it, therefore, stimulating new healthy skin cells.
Who are chemical peels good for?
Peels are good for people with sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne, large pores, and uneven skin texture.
What are contraindications for a chemical peel?
Accutane- must be off for a minimum of a year, pregnant or nursing, allergy to aspirin, compromised skin, diabetes, heart conditions, immune disorders, prone to cold sores- no active ones can be present and, must be on an antiviral medication before and after peel and recent laser treatments. Each client will be evaluated before any peels are administered.
What should I avoid before a chemical peel?
One week before:
Discontinue use of any products containing Retinol or Vitamin A
Avoid waxing, hair removal creams, electrolysis, and laser hair removal
Avoid sun exposure- natural and tanning beds
No botox or fillers
No recent facials or other peel treatments.
How long is the recovery and what should I avoid after my peel?
Immediately after the peel your skin will feel tighter and might look a little red (kind of like a mild sunburn feeling) but overall you will be able to go back to your day to day activities.
For 3-5 days you will want to avoid bringing up your body core temperature. Heavy sweating or strenuous exercise should be avoided as well as sun exposure and excessive exfoliation.
What type of peeling should I expect?
Not everyone will peel. The success of a peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling it produces but by the results you are left with! The amount of peeling varies from person to person. Regardless of how much you peel, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate giving you an improvement in, tone, texture, lines, pigmentation, and breakouts.