Written by Ali Waychoff, Reviewed by Dr. Justin Harper, MD
Many people are intimidated to go in for their first Chemical Peel treatment – for most, the idea of bathing one’s face in acid seems like a pretty crazy idea. However, this treatment is totally safe, and it’s amazing for you skin. Chemical Peels work on all skin types to improve tone, texture, fine lines and wrinkles, breakouts and dark spots. The post-peel reality is a glowing, healthy complexion!
Here are a few important things to remember when researching Chemical Peel treatments:
#1 – Chemical Peels only penetrate the most superficial layer of your skin
The layer of your skin called the epidermis, is composed primarily of dead skin cells that slough off naturally through cellular turnover and gentle exfoliation. Some skincare products aim to achieve brighter, more supple skin by accelerating the rate of cellular turnover. Chemical Peels enhance this process by creating deeper and more rapid exfoliation. This causes your skin to peel or flake, which might seem scary, but it’s just a more rapid version of normal cellular turnover. The dead skin falls away to reveal a fresher, brighter face.
However, during your procedure, you won’t necessarily experience visible peeling. That doesn’t mean your treatment was ineffective! Everyone experiences different levels of peeling, depending on your skin type, type of peel, and sensitivity levels. Some people experience ‘sheeting’ when large portions of the skin peel off at once. Some experience ‘flaking,’ when small pieces of skin peel off, similar to mild peeling after a sunburn. Others exfoliation is not visible at all. If you don’t peel, your skin is still exfoliating but it’s on a cellular level that can’t be seen by the naked eye! Typically, the deeper the peel you receive, the more extensive peeling you will experience.
#2 – There are many kinds of Chemical Peels, each designed to address various issues of different types and severities
For instance, Juvly offers the PCA Sensi Peel, which is formulated with 12% Lactic Acid and 6% Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. This gentle 6% TCA solution will improve surface texture and brighten the skin while helping to promote an even skin tone.
Alternatively, patients with resilient skin might opt for the Ultra Peel Forte, formulated with formulated with 20% Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) and 10% Lactic Acid. The Ultra Forte rejuvenates the skin and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting an even skin tone.
Deeper peels like the Ultra Forte require a longer recovery time and can generate significant peeling. They’re worth it, though, if you’d like to improve facial lines and wrinkles. If you aren’t prepared to peel like a snake in the name of beauty, Glycolic Acid Peels, the lightest type of peel, encourage cellular regeneration with little to no downtime. This light peel can be hugely beneficial for those with chronic dry skin, dull skin, or recurring acne breakouts because of its ability to stimulate elastin and collagen production.
#3 – Chemical Peels are super easy and usually require little to no downtime
With little to no downtime, this procedure is easy to maintain and keep up with your regimen. Chemical Peels should be done every 4 to 6 weeks to continually exfoliate and renew your skin.
Although they can make your skin peel or become a little red, most patients find that they leave their appointment with a healthy glow and are able to carry on with their day! Peels are easy to work into a busy lifestyle. Enhancing the cell turnover with chemical peels will ensure your results are maximized!
If you are unsure if this treatment is the right thing for you, book a free online consultation at one of our clinics. Find out from a Master Provider what a Chemical Peel can do for you!