During a professional peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove its outer layers. As dead skin is sloughed away through the chemical exfoliation process, new skin cells emerge resulting in a luminous, healthy glow. Peels also help to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne bumps and even scarring.
Professional peels also offer ample room for customization. I can control the intensity of a peel by altering the number of passes on the skin, applying a Retinol peel on top of the original peel, or by how often I suggest the peels should be performed.
With proper knowledge and experience, peels can be performed in conjunction with other treatments to boost their results. I love to combine resurfacing treatments alternating with chemical peels, to slough off dead skin cells before and then between each treatment. Healing time is faster and more effective. While the resurfacing treatments such as Dermaroller or the Profractional laser treat into the dermis, the peels treat from the top layer down.
The strength of a peel can be decreased based on the client’s sensitivity and comfort level or how many days they want to “peel.” It is important to ask as many questions as possible about a patient’s lifestyle before the procedure, such as whether they have an upcoming event where they don’t want to look red, or if they are planning a vacation where they will be in the sun. There are peels where the patient will not visibly peel post-procedure such as our Pumpkin peel or Silk peels.
Though they are considered non-invasive procedures, chemical peels require diligent post-procedural care. Patients should wear an SPF of 30 or higher—and if possible, avoid the sun altogether—in the days following their peel to prevent redness, burning and irritation. Non- active cleansers and moisturizers should be used for 5 days pre and post procedure to avoid any complications.
As with many skin treatments, chemical peels are best left in the hands of a professional. Though at-home versions may contain similar ingredients and tout comparable benefits, the concentrations are too low to be truly effective. Proper knowledge and experience are needed when applying chemicals to the skin and an experienced skin care specialist can recommend a peel that targets your specific skin concerns to ensure you get the best results.