Chemical Peels – Phoenix, AZ
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a technique where a chemical solution (type of acid) is applied to the skin to remove old skin and improve its texture. The peel breaks down the outer layer or layers of skin. Dead skin cells then slough off (peel). This exposes new, healthier skin underneath. The end result is newly regenerated, glowing skin that is smoother and less wrinkled.
Different types of acid are used in chemical peels, such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Chemical peels are FDA-approved and have been around since the mid-1800s. In recent decades, they have gained mainstream popularity because they are a safe and effective way to turn back the clock on aging.
What Is A Chemical Peel Used To Treat?
Chemical Peels can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as:
- Fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes
- Certain types of acne
- Wrinkles caused by natural aging
- Wrinkles caused by sun damage
- Age spots
- Melasma (dark patches) due to taking birth control pills
What is a Chemical Peel Treatment Like?
There are different types of peels, so a consultation should be done first, to determine your goal, as well as what type will be best for your skin.
The professional who does your peel will clean your skin very thoroughly prior to the application. Then, the solution will be applied, which will create a reaction with the skin.
Most people will experience a burning sensation that lasts up to around 10 minutes. There may also be some stinging following the application. Depending on the type and depth of the chemical peel, some people will feel like they have a sunburn, while others may develop swelling or blisters. A cool compress may help to relieve the effects of the peel.
How to Prepare for a Chemical Peel
There are different types of chemical peels, such as glycolic peel, lactic, beta hydroxy and TCA. Prior to getting a peel, you should do the following:
- Consult with a skin care professional to determine the right type of peel for your skin. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all peel. The peel should be specific to your skin.
- Beware of at-home exfoliants and some medications. Many beauty products contain ingredients that when combined with a chemical peel, may cause unwanted trauma to your skin. This is also true with some prescription medications, so check with your skincare professional and let them know what you are taking.
- Make sure you keep your skin hydrated. You should stop using creams or other products that may cause your skin to dry out at least a few days prior to your peel.
- Schedule your peel at the right time. After determining the type of peel you’ll be getting, take note of the healing time and plan events accordingly. If you have a big event coming up, make sure you budget enough time for your skin to heal.
Skin Peel Results
After the peeling process is complete, you’ll have noticeably brighter skin. Chemical peels reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, acne scars and dark spots. Your complexion will be improved and your skin will be much softer than it was prior to the treatment.
Possible Side Effects
Chemical peels are approved by the FDA and have been shown to be a safe treatment. Still, most people are likely to experience minor side effects, including:
- Burning sensation following the chemical application
- Cold sore or possibly a fever blister outbreak (please contact your physician for acyclovir if you have ever had an outbreak)
- Stinging sensation
How Long Does It Take For The Skin To Heal?
Skin healing time depends on the depth/type of the chemical peel. Avoid sun exposure and smoking after your peel because they can cause side effects, such as scarring or infection.
- Superficial peels take up to a week to heal. Since the treated skin will be red and sensitive, you will want to apply lotion or cream until it heals.
- Medium depth chemical peels take from 1 to 2 weeks to heal.
- Deep peels take from 14 days to 21 days to heal.
* Special Instructions: Stop Retinol use 7 days prior to peel service. It’s also imperative that post-care instructions are followed to minimize risk.
Chemical Peel Aftercare
Please adhere to these chemical peel aftercare instructions for the best possible outcome and fastest healing time.
- Do not pick or pull skin or scabs
- Use fingers only when cleansing. No washcloth, brushes, etc
- Do not apply heat to the treated area. Be cautious when using a hairdryer
- Do not stand in direct sunlight. Wear a hat if possible
- Do not overheat
- No sweating for 24 hours post procedure
- Use only the recommended products
- Protect the skin from UV exposure to limit the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- If something seems wrong please contact us immediately
- Remember- everyone heals at their own rate. Pink tones may linger longer for you than for others
- AM and PM – Cleanse the skin with Gentle Cleansing Gel
- AM and PM – Spritz skin with Soothing Mist. This may be applied multiple times per day as needed
- AM and PM – Apply serum (fibroblasting only)
- AM and PM – Apply Calming Repair Cream. This may be applied multiple times per day as needed
- AM only – Apply Solar Defender SPF
How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost?
Peels are customized for the needs of your skin type and condition. They start at $125 and the price will be determined during your consultation.
Looking to get a chemical peel in the Phoenix, AZ area? Give us a call and schedule your consultation today!