Chemical Peel

The words “Chemical Peel,” have to be one of the more frightening phrases that come from my mouth as an Aesthetician. I can see everyone tense up when I suggest them. They get wide-eyed and furrowed eyebrows. Honestly, the first time I did one, I cried. I was so worried it would burn and hurt – but it didn’t. The best way to describe the feeling was tingle. (*Note at ANY MOMENT OF UNCOMFORT YOUR AESTHETICIAN CAN REMOVE THE PEEL*)

What does it do?
Skin care therapists can only use procedures to designed to penetrate the epidermis (outer layer of skin), as opposed to a physician who can use products to reach deeper into the skin (dermal layer – living tissue!). These peels are noninvasive and nonaggressive.

 

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Who should be peeled?

Well, frankly most everyone can benefit from a peel. There are a few contraindications (such as pregnancy, use of Accutane within the last year, herpes, recent cosmetic surgeries…)

Peel Benefits

Now what you’re really wanting to know…how can this benefit me? Well a series (3-6) of peels improve the texture of the skin and increase cell renewal factor (which gets far longer the older we get 21-28 days for adults and for those and older, 42 to 84 days). Peeling improves the barrier function, moisture retention, and elastin and collagen production; also reducing fine lines, wrinkles and surface pigmentation (age spots and freckles).

The procedure

A brief summary of what will happen during a peel; this depends on the manufacture of the peel, but these are general steps. Your face will be cleansed up to two times and allowed to dry. Your skin therapist will then measure and prepare for the peel. Some peels require a pre-step solution and others do not. Then the peel will be applied according to the manufacture’s directions. Generally speaking you begin with a short amount of time and work your way to a longer period of time, allowing deeper penetration. (This depends on your skin type and skin damage as well)  When applied the peel will most likely feel tingly. After the allotted time the peel will be removed with sponges, or cold towels. Your skin therapist will constantly ask you if you feel any activity. It’s very important to make sure you do not feel any activity – we do not want to leave any peel product on your skin because it could cause a chemical burn. We will do as many towels or sponges as it takes! You will then have a sunscreen applied and be sent home with post-care instructions. These instructions are very common: to prevent skin damage you’ll want to avoid any sun exposure, scrubs, rubbing, pulling dead skin, waxing, exfoliation or other products for 24-48 hours after unless okay’d by your therapist. This only takes 30 minutes!

How often can this be done?

We recommend a series of 4-8, one time per week for 4 to 8 weeks. A series of peels every 3 or 4 months is the typical recommendation. Optimum facial maintenance schedule is one a month or every six weeks. It can take up to 6 weeks to notice a difference but many notice a difference the very first session!

 

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How Can An Aesthetician Help Me?

Great question, I’m glad you asked.

As an Aesthetician I am able to address any skin concerns you might have on a day-to-day basis. Got acne? Got fine lines & wrinkles? Uneven skin tone? Need something waxed? Need to relax? Need extractions? Want a body wrap or scrub? Microdermabrasion? Glycolic Peel? Eyebrow’s tinted and styled? I can do all of these things and honestly I like them all so very much I couldn’t pick just one as my favorite.

I can also help you choose the best products for your skin and let me say – they don’t HAVE to be expensive. Sure there are great products out there that are pricier but there are just as many drugstore products that work too. Just like your individual body, your skin is yours alone and what works for one person will probably not work for another with the exception of one thing – SUNSCREEN or sunscream as my eldest calls it.  Choose at least a 30SPF and reapply every two hours if you are constantly in the sun (like the beach or pool or even an outdoor activity), avoid anything that’s over 50SPF because it actually isn’t doing anything special for you and in my opinion is a bit deceiving because people often think “Oh it’s a higher SPF, I can go longer without it.” Not the case. Every single skin tone needs sunscreen. Beige, Brown, Chocolate, Ebony, Olive, etc. Every, single, one. (I can do an entire post on this, and I will!) An Aesthetician may even suggest dietary changes to help skin concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Unless otherwise stated an Aesthetician is not a medical doctor, we cannot diagnose any medical conditions. If there is something we notice that we believe might be a problem (also could be nothing!) we will suggest you visit a doctor – most likely a dermatologist.