Chemical peels produce a controlled injury to the tissue which promotes the acceleration of growth of new skin. It is one of the most simple and least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin for pores, texture, tone, pigment, sun damage, fine lines, acne, and more.
The result of the peel depends on several factors, including the skill of the person performing it, including choosing the right peel, at the right depth, at the right strength, the correct amount of passes and pressure, a good post protocol, and a combination of other treatments or lasers to achieve the most optimal result. At FACE we have over 30 peels and customized enhancers to ensure a perfect, more refined outcome.
Chemical peels are used to improve the texture of the skin by using a chemical agent to slough off dead skin cells (layers of tissue), resulting in smoother, brighter, and more youthful skin. Chemical peels treat common conditions such as photo-aging (from sun damage), wrinkles, scarring, acne and discoloration (including melasma, freckles, and age spots).
Most people are candidates for chemical peels, though there are some contraindications. You should avoid chemical peels if any of these are present: active cold sores, herpes, sunburn, aspirin allergy, Accutane use within the last year, pregnancy, cancer or radiation treatment, and auto-immune disease.
Your provider will discuss with you which peel is best for your specific needs. Chemical peels vary in their strength and depth. The peel you receive will depend on what condition you’re treating. Which peel you receive will also dictate the amount of downtime and peeling you experience on the skin following your treatment.
Depending on the depth of the peel, textural results can be seen immediately and can last months or years. The deeper and more aggressive the peel, the longer the results. The success of a peel shouldn’t be judged by the amount of peeling, but rather by the end result. The amount of peeling depends on the type of peel, the number of passes, intensity of peel, and skin condition. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone, texture, and fine lines.
In general, medical peels are best done in a consistent series of treatments for the most optimal results. Depending on the peel, the lightest peels may be a series of 6 treatments, 2 weeks apart, or a medium depth peel may be once a month for two to three visits. A deep peel is usually one time.
Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Light peels have no downtime. Medical peels that are slightly stronger will leave the skin red, and be feeling tight immediately post-treatment, with some light peeling developing 3-5 days after. Avoid heat, sun, sweating, swimming, hot showers post peel. If prone to cold sores, we recommend an anti-viral prior to treatment. Avoid picking at the flaking skin to prevent scarring.
In general, the greater the risk of side effects come the deeper you go. The most common temporary side effects are redness (erythema), swelling (edema), peeling, increased skin sensitivity and photosensitivity (Increased sensitivity to sunlight). Less common are an allergic reaction, hyper or hypopigmentation, Infection, cold sores (if prone), scarring (usually from picking off the peeling skin too soon or burn).
You may be more sensitive to sun exposure. Take extra precautions by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. We recommend limiting sun exposure for at least one week after your peel. Avoid strenuous exercise for 2-3 days. The perspiration caused may irritate the skin. Do not scrub your face when washing, gently cleanse. Avoid “helping the skin to peel”. You can control the peeling with a light moisturizer. Do not have any other facial treatment for at least two weeks after treatment.
*Individual Results May Vary