A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing technique in which a chemical solution is applied to the face to remove the outer surface layers of skin. Chemical peels come in a range of strengths. Chemical peels allow new, healthier skin to emerge. A chemical skin peel involves the application of a solution to the entire face or to specific areas to peel away the skin’s top layers. Several light to medium-depth peels can often achieve similar results to one deeper peel treatment, with less risk and shorter recovery time.
Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck, back, hands and legs.
A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Sun exposure, acne, or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred.
A chemical peel can help improve:
- Acne or acne scars
- Age and liver spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
What a chemical peel won’t do
- Treat deep facial lines
- Tighten loose or sagging skin
- Remove broken capillaries
- Change pore size
- Remove deep scars
- Treat deep facial lines
Our Chemical Peels
Lactic acid peels, derived from milk, are very light depth, mild chemical peels. Because lactic acid is a natural human metabolite, there is less chance of an allergic reaction with this type of peel.
Therefore, they are a good choice for first-time peel users or for those with sensitive skin. However, dry or oily skin types can also use this peel and get good results. Lactic acid is especially good for to use for mature skin.
What Do Lactic Acid Peels Do?
The benefits of lactic acid peels include:
• Exfoliating the surface of your skin
• Deep cleaning pores
• Fading dark marks
• Improving hyperpigmentation
• Evening out skin tone
• Brightening and lightening skin
• Improving the appearance of light wrinkles
• Stimulating natural collagen production
Overall, lactic acid peels are a great way to treat common skin concerns. How great a lactic acid peel will be at fixing a skin problem will depend on a number of factors though. These include how your skin reacts, the strength of the peel, the number of peels you get (you will usually need more than one to get your desired skin results), and how well you take care of your skin post-peel.
What to Expect from a Lactic Acid Peel
Before the lactic acid peel solution is put on your skin, your skin will first be thoroughly cleansed. Facials oils will prevent the peel from effectively penetrating your skin, so often a prep solution will be applied before the peel to make sure your skin is clean, oil-free, and primed.
After the peel is applied to your skin, the person giving you the peel will set a timer for when the peel should be neutralized. The longer the peel is left on your skin, the more penetrating and potentially irritating it will be. You generally work your way up to longer peel times and higher strength peels as you get more follow-up peels.
During the lactic acid peel, your skin will feel warm and turn pink. This post-peel pink skin could last for a few hours or a few days. It's normal and will go away on its own, as long as you wear sunscreen, stay out of the sun, and avoid exfoliating or scrubbing your skin until after your skin heals. Lactic acid peels don't burn or make your skin physically peel unless they are at a really high concentration.
Most people have their skin return to normal in 3-4 days, only experiencing some redness, dryness, and skin flaking in the first two days post-peel. This redness is annoying, but can easily be covered up with makeup. The short time it takes to recover from lactic acid peels is what makes it one of the more popular chemical peels out there.
Lactic acid peel side effects are not as pronounced as other stronger or deeper peels, but instructions and precautions for lactic acid peels are the same as the ones for glycolic acid peels.
When will you see results?
Like with all chemical peels, lactic acid peels take time to work. People tend to expect their skin to show drastic improvements right after they get a peel done, but these improvements don't happen the next day. And just because your skin doesn't look any different immediately after you get a peel, it doesn't mean the peel didn't work. Your skin continues to get better in the days following the peel.
For certain skin issues, like fading dark marks and erasing fine lines, it will take multiple chemical peel treatments to see results. 1-2 treatments for 6-8 weeks will usually give you optimal results. Again, these results will depend on your skin, the strength of the peel, the frequency of the peel, and how well you take care of your skin post-peel.
Because lactic acid peels are mild, they can be safely used 1-2 times per week. However, it depends on your skin, the strength of the lactic acid peel, and what other products you are using. For example, if you are using retinoids, it would be smart to not be as aggressive with lactic acid peels because your skin is already getting a strong dose of exfoliation.
Like glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels are a great way to treat superficial skin damage. A lactic acid peel every 2-3 weeks will revitalize and brighten skin, keeping it young and healthy.
Salicylic acid peels are a type of beta hydroxy (BHA) peel which stimulate new collagen production. The name "salicylic acid" might sound familiar because salicylic acid is very common ingredient in acne treatments. It's no wonder that salicylic acid peels are also great for treating clogged pores and acne.
Salicylic acid peels can be quite strong and penetrating. While they are generally suitable for most skin types, people with oily, acne-prone skin tend to see the best results. People with an aspirin allergy, however, must avoid getting this type of chemical peel.
Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of salicylic acid peels and what to expect when you get one of them for your skin.
What do Salicylic Acid Peels Do?
Salicylic acid peels can help improve the following skin conditions:
• Clogged pores
• Oily, congested skin
• Skin blemishes
As you can see, salicylic acid peels are usually best for those with acne-prone skin. If you are trying to fade hyperpigmentation, lactic acid or glycolic acid peels will probably be better. Salicylic acid peels will probably not be as effective for anti-aging either.
What to Expect from a Salicylic Acid Peel
Your skin will first be primed with a prep solution. This removes any residual facial oils to allow the peel to be more effective. After the prep solution dries, the salicylic acid peel is applied to your skin. When we give you the peel we will set a timer for how long it should be left on your skin. When the time is up, the peel will be neutralized and then gently removed with some water or a cleanser.
During the salicylic acid peel, your skin will feel warm and prickly. It will probably also turn red. And because salicylic acid is more penetrating, you may feel more topical discomfort than other chemical peels. If you experience pain that you cannot tolerate at all, we will remove the peel immediately. To avoid this kind of bad reaction, we will spot test the peel before doing a full-face peel.
Facial redness, or erythema, post-peel should subside in a few hours. For some people, the redness can linger around for a couple of days later. Even though most salicylic acid peels are at low strengths, they can cause your skin to turn dry and flaky. Your skin probably won't peel off in sheets, but some light peeling might take place. For most people, skin heals and returns back to normal in 3-4 days. The main side effects from salicylic acid peels are facial redness and flaking skin
If you get salicylic acid peels for active acne, you might experience some post-peel purging. As the acid exfoliates away the surface of your skin, it brings clogs you have underneath closer to the top, which may erupt as more active pimples.
As with all exfoliating treatments, salicylic acid peels will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Therefore, it is very important to stay indoors and wear a good sunscreen when you go outside, especially the first two days after you get the peel.
When will you see results?
You will need approximately 4-6 peels for optimum results. Some people will need more, some people will need less. The number of peels you have to get before your skin starts to improve will also depend on the severity of the skin issue you are trying to fix. For blackheads, you will probably see results after 2-3 peels. For mild-moderate acne, it will probably take around 6 peels, more if your acne is more severe.
Salicylic acid peels are great for clearing out mild skin bumps, but if your acne is inflamed and/or moderate-severe, there are no guarantees that getting a series of peel treatments will clear your skin. How well salicylic acid peels treat acne will ultimately depend on how your skin reacts.
Salicylic acid peels can be done once every 2 weeks. However, some people can tolerate getting them every 7-10 days.
Salicylic acid peels might not be the best chemical peel for pigmentation and fine lines, but they are beneficial for people with oily, acne-prone skin.
What is a Jessner’s Peel Treatment?
A Jessner’s peel is a medium-depth peel that is designed to improve more extensive skin damage than a lactic acid peel can provide. It is made of salicylic acid, for penetration, lactic acid for exfoliation and resorcinol (which is great for the treatment of oily skin and acne).
How does a Jessner’s peel treatment benefit me?
• Reduces the appearance of acne scars
• Reduces hyperpigmentation
• Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
• Improves overall complexion
• Helps loosen stubborn acne
• Restores a youthful glow
• Customized treatment for more extensive skin damage
How does the Jessner’s peel treatment work for me?
The combination of the substances used to formulate a Jessner’s peel, make this such a powerful and effective skin therapy. The components are put together because they exfoliate the outer layers of your skin, which promotes the natural peeling of those top layer(s) a few days after the treatment. Once peeling has subsided, you are left with visibly clear, smooth, vibrant skin. This is why a Jessner’s treatment is especially suited for anyone who has sun damage or mild to severe acne.
What can I expect during the treatment?
Your skin is cleansed with a glycolic cleanser to remove dirt, oil and the outermost layer of the skin, which allows proper penetration of the Jessner’s mix. Then, the solution is applied. It will burn slightly; however, we relieve this sensation with a fan blowing cool air on your treated area. Depending on the severity of the area being treated, several layers of solution may be applied. During the process a white “frost” will develop on your skin but will dissipate in a few hours. The peel is neutralized and removed with cold water. Finally a calming mask is applied.
You will peel for about seven days afterwards, and your skin will turn from pink to brown. Once the process is complete, nice new skin is revealed. If needed, this peel can be repeated again in four week intervals, until your desired results are accomplished. Usually only one treatment is necessary.
Am I a candidate for the Jessner’s treatment?
The Jessner’s peel is excellent for men and women if you are concerned about lines, uneven skin tone, oily skin and acne. Jessner’s solution is not, however, recommended for darker skin types.
Are there any contra indications to the Jessner’s peel treatment?
• Active cold sores
• Accutane use within the last six months
• Severe asthma
• Distended capillaries
• Dermatitis conditions
• Chronic skin disorders
Also, you can expect about seven days of peeling.
How do I care for my skin after a Jessner’s treatment?
Do not pick our pull the flaking or peeling skin. You will also avoid moisturizing for a few days, as this will lessen the effects of the peel.
Glycolic acid, which is a natural substance made from sugar cane, is a transparent, colorless, and watery liquid. Glycolic Acid Peels improve the look and feel of the skin. Peel strengths come in varying percentages. Glycolic acid peels are considered light or mild peels, and mildly exfoliate the skin.
What do Glycolic Acid Peels Do?
Glycolic acid peels can fix and repair many unwanted skin issues. In general, they can:
• Help reduce active acne
• Help eliminate blackheads
• Deep clean pores
• Improve the appearance of light wrinkles
• Improves mild scars
• Stimulate natural collagen production
• Even out skin tone
• Brighten skin color
• Fade acne marks
• Fade hyperpigmentation
• Smooth rough skin
Keep in mind that each of these treatment benefits will depend on your skin, the strength of the peel, and the number of peels you get. You will usually need more than one peel to achieve your desired skin results.
What to Expect from Glycolic Acid Peels
For your first glycolic acid peel, you want to start with a low percentage. If you start off with too strong of a peel, you can really burn and damage your skin. Giving your skin time to get used to the peel solution will allow the treatments to be safe and effective. As your skin acclimates, each subsequent peel can then be stronger than the one before it.
When you first start getting peels, the peel solution should only be left on your skin for a short amount of time, approximately one minute. As you get more peels and your skin adjusts to the acid, the peels can then be left on for a longer period of time, depending on how much your skin can naturally tolerate.
What does it feel like to get a glycolic acid peel? Well, the stronger the peel, the more topical discomfort you will feel. If you have gradually built up your skin's tolerance to the strongest glycolic acid peel available, you should be able to tolerate it just fine. If you have never gotten any type of chemical peel before and jump straight into getting a strong percentage glycolic acid peel, it will probably be pretty painful.
In general, your skin will tingle, feel prickly, and turn red during the peel. Stronger peels may even burn and make your eyes water. We keep a fan running to help cool your skin and ease the burning sensation. You will probably also be red for a couple of hours after the peel or even for a few days.
Cold compresses can help reduce the redness and irritation from the glycolic acid peel.
The MicroPeel procedure is a three-step clinical procedure combining dermaplaning (also known as blading), chemical peeling and cryogenic therapy to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, laxity, dullness, and skin imperfections. For optimal results, two series of 4-6 procedures per year are recommended.
The 3 steps of the Skinceuticals MicroPeel:
Dermaplaning – A manual exfoliation technique that safely and efficiently removes surface debris with a dermaplaning blade, priming the skin for the chemical peel solution.
Chemical Peels – Using optimized solutions formulated for resurfacing the skin by removing the outer epidermis and stimulating collagen remodeling to improve hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, texture and skin impurities.
Cryogenic Therapy – This anti-inflammatory and antibacterial freezing procedure increases the rate of cell turnover and leaves skin feeling cool and tight.
Improves skin texture and radiance
Supports healthy collagen levels for firmer skin
Accelerates skin’s natural exfoliation process
Stimulates collagen synthesis and remodels existing collagen and elastin
Improves skin tone and texture
Softens and smoothes skin
Skinceuticals MicroPeel Plus
A chemical exfoliation treatment which reduces acne and enhances skin tone and texture.The MicroPeel Plus procedure is a unique one-step treatment of chemical exfoliation designed to reduce acne and help correct environmental skin damage. Solutions are formulated with a combination of salicylic acid to refine pores and help reduce the appearance of acne, and glycolic acid to aid in the improvement of rough texture, blotchiness and uneven skin tone. One week following a MicroPeel Plus procedure, skin will undergo its renewal process and light to moderate peeling may occur. For optimal results, two series of 4-6 procedures per year are recommended.
Reduces acne blemishes and helps prevent future breakouts
Reduces sebum production and cellular debris in pores
Encourages cell renewal
Improves the appearance of skin discolorations
Improves collagen synthesis
Skinceuticals Micropeel for Sensitive Skin
The SkinCeuticals Micropeel for Sensitive Skin is formulated with niacin, lactic acid and usnic acid to gently exfoliate and decongest even the most sensitive skin while balancing moisture levels. This clinical procedure combines dermaplaning (physical exfoliation) and chemical exfoliation to reduce signs of aging. The Micropeel improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and visible skin imperfections in a series of 4-6 consecutive procedures.
Micropeel for Sensitive Skin is typically the optimal starter peel and is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive.
Skinceuticals Pigment Balancing Masque
The Pigment Balancing Masque is a customizable medical-only treatment targeting hyperpigmentation to dramatically improve the uneven appearance of photodamage, mottled skin after a series of 4-6 treatments. The masque combines high-performance brightening and anti-inflammatory agents with a peeling acid solution to accelerate cell renewal and diminish uneven skin tone and localized hyperpigmentation.