What do chemical peels do for the skin?
Chemical peels use a chemical solution to remove the outer layer of skin and stimulate the growth of new skin cells. The regenerated skin looks refreshed. It is smoother, skin tone is more even and balanced, and less wrinkled. Your skin looks brighter and skincare products are absorbed better after treatment.
We offer a variety of chemical peels and peeling agents at various strengths and tailor them to your needs. The most commonly utilized peels – the superficial peels, are painless and have little to no downtime. We also offer more aggressive deep peels, which will require longer downtime.
The stronger the mixture, the deeper the skin layer that is affected, and the more impressive the results. Acids commonly used are glycolic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid, or fruit acid), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Jessners Solution, lactic acid, and salicylic acid (Beta Peel).
Most chemical peels are used in conjunction with skin care products to significantly boost the results for the concern presented: acne, lightening, pore reduction, rejuvenation. Usually 3 treatments are recommended 2-3 weeks apart and then maintenance treatments are recommended for optimal long term results, every 1-3 months.
Types of Chemical Peels
The Perfect Derma Peel
The Perfect Peel is a revolutionary peel that will transform your skin into looking younger, healthier and clearer in just one week. The Perfect Peel can be used on all skin types and requires no pre-peel skin preparation. The process takes less than 15 minutes and is virtually pain free. Read More
Signature Face Lift Solution - Vitamin C
Extensive sun damage, rolling acne scars, smooths fine lines, decreased pore size, firmer tighter skin, and a mini face-lift.
Wrinkle Lift Peel Solution -Glycolic/Retinol Peel
Removes dead skin cells, maintains a youthful appearance.
Skin Renewal Complex
A peeling system gentle enough for sensitive/mild rosacea skin types.
TCA Orange Peel
Less invasive peels include our TCA orange peel to help treat extensive sun damage, rolling acne scars, fine lines and decreased pore size to create a firmer tighter skin. It is a mini face-lift.
Perfection Lift Peel Solution - Jessner's Peel
Acne, repairs and reduces breakouts, controls oil, soften scars.
Lightening Lift Peel Solution - Lactic/Kojic
Skin lightening and brightening system, reduces post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, great for ethnic skin.
Great for back acne, ingrown hair, rough texture on the hips, outer arms, elbows and knees and heels, and sun damage. 30-60 Minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should not have a Chemical Peel Treatment?
If you have any of the following problems, a peel should not be done at this time and you need to let us know immediately:
- Accutane use within the past six (6) months
- Active herpes simplex (cold sores)
- Facial Warts
- If you are now pregnant
- If you form keloid or hypertrophic scars
- If you have a history of sun allergies
- Prior bad reaction to a peel
- Recent radiation treatment for cancer
- Sun burn or significant sun exposure in the last two days
- Surgery or cryosurgery within the last month to the area that you plan to have peeled
What to do before your Chemical Peel?
- At least three to four weeks before your first peel, stop using Retin-A and exfoliating sponges.
- All forms of hair removal should be stopped at least three to four weeks before your peel.
- Come to the office with a fully cleansed face. If possible, no cologne or after shave should be applied. Also try to avoid shaving the day of your peel.
- In order to prevent an unanticipated deepening of your peel, please inform your esthetician if you have accidentally used one of the restricted products.
How the Chemical Peel treatment is done
- First, the esthetician will review the possible side effects of a peel with you and give you a consent form to sign.
- Next, your skin will be cleansed thoroughly with Esthetic Institute cleanser.
- Petroleum jelly will be applied to the corners of the eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Chemical peel will then be applied to one area of the face at a time. The chemical peel will then be left on the skin for several minutes. The skin will tingle and feel warm to hot.
- After the peel has been neutralized, the face is rinsed. Esthetic Institute cream and sunscreen are then applied.
What to do after your Chemical Peel
- For 2-4 days after the peel, apply cream twice daily until the skin returns to its normal appearance. Then restart your maintenance regimen of Esthetic Institute products.
- You must use a sunscreen of SPF 25 or higher every morning before going out. Sunlight on the skin after a peel can cause brown discoloration of the skin. Apply the sunscreen over the Esthetic Institute’s cream.
- You may start wearing make-up the day after your peel, provided you do not have any crusting or tenderness.
- To avoid the possibility of scarring, please do not peel, pick, scrape, or scratch the skin. Avoid the use of abrasive or exfoliating sponges.
- If you have persistent redness in an area, let your esthetician know right away. Persistent redness of the skin can lead to brown discoloration of the red area if it is not treated promptly.
- Do not use Retin-A during your peel sessions and for one month after the last peel.