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Application of a chemical peel

Chemical Peels 101

Would you like to reverse the effects of sun exposure, acne, and aging? You have smoother, younger-looking skin hidden just below the surface layer of your skin. Chemical peels were developed to reveal that fresher, healthier layer. They have become extremely popular because not only are they minimally invasive, but results can be seen even after a single treatment. In addition, chemical peels have benefits in addition to more vibrant and youthful skin.

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What does a chemical peel do?

A chemical peel removes dead, damaged skin through the use of an acid solution applied to the surface layer of the skin. The results are a smoother and more refined skin texture. A chemical peel can also help even out your skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Are chemical peels safe?

Yes. Most peels will have minimal side effects including slight redness, stinging, mild irritation, and flaking. Deeper peels could have more intense side effects. Adverse reactions, such as scarring or changes in skin color, are rare. It is important to note that the majority of clients do not suffer from any serious side effects after undergoing a chemical peel treatment.

Who can get a chemical peel?

Clients who suffer from acne or blemishes, wrinkles, sun damage, or uneven skin tone are appropriate candidates for a chemical peel treatment.

What are the types of chemical peels?

There are different strengths and types of acids that can be used depending upon your skin type and the results you would like. Microdermabrasion is often performed prior to some peels to help the acid penetrate the skin more effectively. A series of treatments is usually recommended to achieve the best results.

A light chemical peel will improve your skin’s texture. It also helps reveal smoother skin for those who have acne scars. A medium chemical peel not only smooths fine wrinkles, it can help get rid of age spots or light sun damage. Like a light chemical peel, it is also recommended for clearing up skin with acne. Deep chemical peels are a great option if you would like to treat more extensively sun-damaged skin and/or reduce the appearance of deeper wrinkles.

Does a chemical peel require any downtime?

There is little downtime needed after a chemical peel, depending upon the type of peel performed. However, it is vital to keep the skin well moisturized and use sunscreen consistently after you have had a chemical peel treatment. It is also very important to avoid scratching or rubbing on any flaking skin to minimize complications and reduce any chance of infection.

What can I expect after a chemical peel?

Light chemical peels produce subtle results: smoother skin with a natural healthy glow. With multiple treatments, you can expect to see skin that will be noticeably smoother and look fresher. Deeper, more intense chemical peels can produce more noticeable and dramatic improvements in the skin’s texture, such as decreased wrinkles, reduced blemishes, and a more even skin tone.

Are there other benefits to having a chemical peel?

Yes! After a chemical peel, your dead and dull surface skin cells are removed. Shedding the top layer of skin will prompt your living skin cells to multiply and move to the surface. This also prompts your skin to boost collagen production, increasing your skin’s elasticity, and increases the production of natural hyaluronic acid production, as well.

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Smoother, firmer, more radiant skin looks younger. It also absorbs and utilizes quality skincare products more effectively. After a chemical peel, you’ll notice your skincare products will have better results because they are not being blocked and wasted on the dead skin cells at the surface of your skin.

Should anyone avoid a chemical peel?

Clients who suffer from cold sores may be at a greater risk for post-treatment complications.  We recommend pre-treatment for cold sores to minimize this risk. Clients with very sensitive skin may also be at risk for post-treatment complications. Be sure to consult with your esthetician about your skin prior to your appointment.

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