Chemical peels are used to remove the superficial layer of the skin. One or more peeling chemicals are applied to the skin resulting in destruction of the superficial part of the skin which allows a new layer of skin lining to develop. It may help to remove black/white heads of pimples, superficial scars and superficial benign skin growths.
If your skin has been damaged by the sun or acne, or if you would like to reduce the appearance of fine lines or uneven pigmentation, you may benefit from chemical peels. Chemical peels are a safe and effective way to visibly improve the quality, texture and tone of your skin.
Glycolic Acid Peel
Glycolic acid is a group of naturally occurring substances often called "fruit acids". When applied to the skin it destroys the "glue" that holds dead cells on the surface of the skin. This allows the dead cells to slough off, leaving behind a smoother skin surface.
Glycolic peels are recommended for almost everyone. If your skin is healthy, dry or oily, a glycolic acid peel can help you achieve a fresher look. Glycolic acid works particularly well on fine lines and wrinkles. We use medical-grade glycolic acid chemical peels ranging from 20% to 70% in strength. This allows your skin care professional to control treatment regimens and achieve maximum efficacy and optimum skin rejuvenation. Peel formulas and strengths are tailored to each patient depending on your skin type and condition.
Our chemical peels are an effective method of superficially resurfacing the skin on the face, neck, hands or back with no downtime. These peels provide deeper treatment than microdermabrasion or traditional facials. They target age spots, acne, sun-damaged skin and fine lines to give your skin fresh glow.
Although still therapeutic for the skin, TCA peels are mild. If your skin is sensitive, thin, or fragile a TCA Peel treatment will strengthen your skin, allowing it to be more resistant to environmental stresses. Your skin will be noticeably smoother and fresher looking.
Salicylic Acid Peel
Salicylic Acid Peel is more vigorous peel than TCA or Glycolic Acid Peels. This peel is usually recommended for blemished, thick or oily skin that is hyper-pigmented.
Lactic Acid Peel Mask
Lactic Acid Peel Mask is a milder peel that is good for all skin types. This peel helps decrease hyperpigmentation, improve skin tone and texture and soften lines.
A Jessner's Peel is a combination of different peeling agents and produces the most dramatic effect. This peel is ideal for aging or sun-damaged skin but is also effective on normal or oily skin. A Jessner’s peel uses chemicals that are more toxic than glycolic acids to the skin. These peels cause destruction to the deeper layer of the skin, thus permitting the underlying new skin to resurface. It is generally used for treating deeper scars and skin growths.
What are the medical indications for chemical peels treatment?
- Minimize fine and coarse skin lines which resulted from sun damage (chronic sun exposure).
- Treatment of acne (pimples) especially those with blackheads and whiteheads.
- Mild/superficial acne scars.
- Some pigmentary disorders.
What can I expect during and after a chemical peel?
When the chemical peel agent is applied to the skin you may feel a burning sensation for a few minutes. If TCA and Jessner's peels are applied on the skin, the skin will turn white and then pink.
For AHA peels there may be a transient pink discoloration which quickly returns to a normal color. Occasionally very slight flaking in a few localized areas is seen for 1 to 2 days.
For TCA and Jessner's peels, the skin may turn brown, feel dry, flake and peel for a few days.
You can have chemical peels done as an outpatient. For AHA peels you can return to work after the procedure without having to miss any time from work.
What must I do after a peel?
- Wash your face as usual but use a gentler cleanser.
- You may be asked to use a moisturizing cream prescribed to you by your doctor.
- Do not apply any skin medication or glycolic acid product during the entire time of healing or the skin will become irritated.
- Avoid sun exposure. Use a sun block beginning on the day after you have done the peel.
- Do not peel, prick, scrape or scratch the skin at any time.
How many treatments do I need?
To get best results peels have to be repeated. Most patients require 2 to 4 peels at 2 to 4 week intervals.
What are the risks?
- For the AHA peels crusted scabs may be seen if not treated appropriately. This could become infected and possibly lead to a scar. Contact the doctor's office if any crusted scabs form.
- The skin should look and feel completely normal within 3 or 4 days (for AHA peels). If not, contact your doctor.
- Persistent pain developing after the peel. This may be reactivation of cold sores. See your doctor immediately.
- See your doctor if blisters appear.
- Skin infections are uncommon complications. These are seen as painful red areas often with scabs.
- Allergic reactions to medication are seen as persistent, itchy and painful rash.
- Persistent areas of increased/decreased pigmentation.
All complications are rare: Prompt recognition and treatment is necessary to prevent scars.