The use of medical grade skincare preps your skin for your peel. The products contain low levels of the same ingredients, which will be applied to your skin during your treatment. This not only builds up tolerance, it also starts breaking up the cellular cement, which holds the skin cells together.
How does a chemical peel work?
Chemical solutions are carefully applied to your skin to improve the texture by removing damaged outer layers. There are a variety of chemicals used and each one has a different purpose. The formula used will be customized to meet your particular needs.
Peels may be layered or combined with Microdermabrasion and Micro-needling
Light Chemical Peels ($50-125)
These peels remove the damaged outer layer of the skin (epidermis) in a superficial exfoliation resulting in a healthier glow. Each acid has a different purpose and the formula will be adjusted to meet your particular needs to treat uneven pigment, dryness, acne and fine wrinkles.
Subtle improvements will be seen after one treatment or a series of 6 spaced 2-3 weeks apart for optimal results. Maintenance treatment is recommended every 4-6 weeks following the series.
Sensi Peel (for sensitive/all skin types)
Fruit or Flower Enzyme:
- Lactic Acid 15%
- Glycolic Acid 30% & 60%
- Salicylic Acid 30%
- SkinMedica Illumize Peel
Medium Depth Chemical Peels: ($100-175)
These peels remove both the outer layer (epidermis) and the upper portion of the middle layer of the skin (dermis). Medium depth peels are formulated to treat acne scarring, deeper wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (sun damage), dryness, sensitive skin (rosacea) and hormonal changes in the skin.
- Ultra Peel I (for aging/dry skin)
- SkinMedica Micropeel
- PCA Peels (for pigment)
- Modified Jessner’s (for pigment)
- Advanced Skinceuticals
- SkinMedica Vitalize
Medical Grade Peels ($175-300)
Deep peels for more active treatment in patients with resilient skin who have more dramatic wrinkling, sun damage and acne scarring. Effectively treats aging skin in need of rejuvenation, pigment disorders, asphyxiated (smoker’s) skin, and photo-damaged skin.
- Alpha 17%
- TCA 15%
- Triplex Peel
- SkinMedica Rejuvenize
- Ultra Peel Forte
Any chemical peel may be applied to an additional body part (chest, hands, neck etc.)
Age Defying Body Peel:
Designed to address aging skin on the body. Many patients focus their attention solely on the skin on their face, while damage to their hands, arms, or chest will easily give away a person’s age. This treatment may be done on a monthly basis to keep arms, hands, legs, feet, chest and back hydrated, smooth, bright and younger-looking.
Hyperpigmentaion body peel:
Designed to target varied skin dyschromias on the body. It is appropriate for treating the arms, hands, legs, feet, chest, and back, resulting in the smoother skin with more even skin tone. It is most effective when performed at three-week intervals.
Body treatment for acneic skin:
Ideal for patients fighting acne on their body. The combination of professional and daily care products will help to clear existing blemishes and minimize the occurrence of the future acne breakouts.
Treatment to soothe poison oak, poison ivy or insect bites:
Designed to smooth itchiness and inflammation associated with insect bites and rashes.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chemical Peels:
Does it hurt?
There will be mild discomfort, slight stinging, burning or flushing sensation. It varies patient to patient but is tolerable for most people. The sensation will subside shortly after the peel is applied. There are also calming products that may be applied to instantly soothe and cool the skin.
How long will I peel?
The first day you will experience a tightening sensation. The skin will start to slough usually around day 2 and lasts around 5 days. It will begin in the center of the face around the mouth and work its way outward. Not everyone experiences sloughing of the skin. However, you should still see results without physical sloughing of the skin. Peels are formulated to minimize downtime.
Can I wear makeup?
Yes, if it is a therapeutic mineral make up line such as glo minerals, which we carry in the office. If it is over the counter or department store brand you can apply it the next day.
How long will the peel be on my skin?
Some treatments may be neutralized before leaving the treatment room while other peels can be made stronger by not neutralizing and leaving them on the skin over night. If the peel is left on the skin there should be no contact with water or perspiration. If the skin is accidentally gotten wet wash the peel off with the post-peel or gentle cleanser.
When can I wash my face?
That night or the next morning with a gentle post-peel appropriate cleanser.
When will I see results?
As soon as the peeling has stopped your skin should appear brighter, healthier, smoother, and pores should be minimized.
Can I combine other treatments with peels?
Yes, some lighter peels may be combined with other treatments such as microdermabrasion or dermaplaning but this may make the treatment more aggressive.
What products can I use after?
Only post-peel products should be used for 7 days following treatment. We will provide you with a list of appropriate products from your regimen or travel size post-peel kits may be purchased for a peel series.
Can I use retinol?
Retinol should be discontinued 2-3 days prior to a peel and may be applied after the 7th day of peeling or after the skin has returned to normal.
Do I have to wear sunscreen?
Yes, you must avoid the sun and wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 at all times post peel!
How often can I have a peel?
Peels are performed in a series of 6, at 2-3 week intervals for optimum results. After your series is complete, peels should be performed every 4-6 weeks for maintenance, along with continued use of your medical grade skincare products.