What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical Peels are one of our most popular treatments and definitely a crowd pleaser! Whether you're looking for a quick pick-me-up or long-term results, Chemical Peels are definitely worth considering.
One of our own aestheticians Dan Marino, Laser and Light specialist at SpaDerma, absolutely loves them! Dan recommends Chemical Peels to all his patients and feels everyone should try it. He's here to give you the complete rundown on what Chemical Peels are and why they’re so great!
What is a Chemical Peel even used for?
So you may be wondering what exactly this amazing treatment is? Don't worry. We have all the deets below.
Chemical Peels are used to remove the outermost layers of our skin, known as the epidermis. The epidermis is made up of dead skin cells, which are constantly being shed. The process of exfoliation removes these dead skin cells, revealing the new, fresh skin beneath.
There are many reasons to want to remove dead skin cells from the face. Dead skin cells can make the skin look dull and tired. They can also clog pores and lead to breakouts. By removing these dead skin cells, you can reveal brighter, more youthful-looking skin.
What are the different types of Chemical Peels?
Ok so we now know what Chemical Peels do but you may be wondering if there are different types of peels and what each achieves? There are three different types of Chemical Peels each with a different purpose: Superficial, Medium, and Deep.
Superficial Peels are the mildest type of peel. They use Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells. This type of peel is often used to treat mild acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness.
Medium Peels use stronger acids to penetrate deeper into the skin, reaching the middle layer of skin known as the dermis. Medium peels can be used to treat wrinkles, sun damage, and precancerous lesions.
Deep Peels are the strongest type of peel available. They use Phenol or TCA to reach the deepest layer of skin, the subcutaneous tissue. Deep peels are used to treat wrinkles, acne scars, and precancerous lesions.
What happens during a Chemical Peel treatment?
So we've learned the background of a Chemical Peel, and now on to the actual treatment!
During a Chemical Peel treatment, your esthetician will first cleanse your skin and then apply the peel solution. We do this by applying a chemical solution directly to the face with a fan brush or gauze. A mild, tingly sensation will most likely occur, which is completely normal as the solution works to break down the bonds between your dead skin cells. Once the solution has been on long enough, your esthetician will neutralize the peel and remove it from your skin.
The entire process usually takes less than an hour, but that all depends on the type of peel you're getting. A light peel may only take 15-20 minutes while a deep peel can take up to an hour.
What do you need to do after a Chemical Peel?
If you're someone that likes to make sure you get the best value, following post-care instructions is essential to getting the best results possible!
After the treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling. This is normal and will go away within a few hours. It's important to use sunscreen after a Chemical Peel treatment because your skin will be more sensitive to the sun. We recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You should also avoid exfoliating, picking at your skin, and exposure to extreme temperatures for at least a week after your treatment.
What results can I expect after getting a Chemical Peel?
So what outcomes can I expect from Chemical Peels? Will I have an amazing glow?
The answer is yes!
Not only will you have a smoother, brighter, and more even-toned skin but Chemical Peels can also improve the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles, and sun damage. The best part is that because the peels can be tailored to your individual needs and skin type you can essentially choose the best Chemical Peel for your specific skin type and needs!
Looking to book a Chemical Peel?
At SpaDerma, we strive to provide the best solution for your skincare needs. If you're looking to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and uneven skin tone book a Chemical Peel appointment today!