This is a treatment in which a chemical solution (usually an acid) is applied to the skin and removed after a certain amount of time. During this time, the solution penetrates the upper most layers of the skin allowing the peel to achieve a certain depth. This causes the skin to peel, lifting off sun damage, smoothing the skin, and even treating acne. The skin cells that peel off are naturally replaced with new ones revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture and colour.
In addition to full facial rejuvenation, certain types of skin peels can also be used for spot treatment, or rejuvenate skin elsewhere in the body.
Standard ingredients in a chemical peel are:
- Alpha-hydroxy acids (Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, Mandelic acid)
- Beta Hydroxy Acids (Salicylic acid)
- Trichloroacetic acids (TCAs)
Your provider will use a gauze to apply a chemical solution. You might feel mild stinging while the chemical solution is on your skin and a neutralizing solution (or wash) are used to remove the chemical solution of the treated skin.
After a chemical peel, your skin will be red, tight, irritated and swollen. A direction for sun protection, cleansing and moisturizing will be advised. Avoid picking, rubbing or scratching your skin. Do not wear make up after the treatment. Sun protection is imperative to successful results.
A light chemical peel improves skin texture and tone, lessening the appearance of fine wrinkles. Results are subtle but increase with repeated treatments. Light chemical peels require virtually no recovery time thus patients can return to their daily activities right after treatment.
- Use of Accutane or other medications that exfoliate or thin skin within 6 months.
- Recent cosmetic surgery (laser resurfacing, dermabrasion)
- Severe rosacea or acne
- Easily scars or has hyper pigmentation tendencies
- Pregnancy/Breast feeding
- Sunburn or irritated skin
- Open sores or lesions
- Active Herpes Simplex
- Heart Disease