Skin – our body’s largest organ – does important work throughout our lives. In addition to repelling water and protecting our blood vessels, nerves and other organs, our skin helps shield our bodies from the harmful effects of sunlight and bacteria and protects us against injury. That explains why, as we age, our skin begins to show signs of wear and tear – particularly the readily-exposed skin on our face, neck and hands. Fortunately, chemical peels provide a safe and effective way to reduce the appearance of time-worn skin. Let’s take a closer look at what they are and how they work!
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a process in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin. This solution then triggers exfoliation – the old skin flakes or peels off, revealing fresh skin and stimulating the regeneration of new outer layers. Typically, regenerated skin grows back smoother, tighter and clearer than its exfoliated counterpart. Chemical peels help minimize the appearance of sun damage and acne scars and are perfectly safe!
What types of chemical peels are there?
There are three types of chemical peels: superficial peels, medium peels and deep peels. Here at The Refinery Skin Clinic we perform superficial and medium peels.
- A superficial peel: may also be referred to as “botanical exfoliation”: Because the peeling agents are all found in nature. Such as; Glycolic(sugar cane) salicylic (willow bark) Malic(apple skin) and Mandelic (bitter almonds) These are gentle acids that may be used more frequently to refresh the skin and cause little to no social downtime. These solutions usually give the skin a beautiful glow few days after treatment. Over time they help to resolve a myriad of skin concerns such as pigment, dry lack luster skin, overly oily skin, rough textured skin and congested skin.One of our licensed practitioners applies the appropriate peel solution for your skin concerns. During application of these more superficial peels a slight itching may occur but usually subsides with in one to two minutes. Post treatment your provider will direct you with the proper skin care as well as daily sunscreen. Light flaking may occur and last several days.
- A medium peel: These peels may also still contain the same natural exfoliants found in the superficial peels. The usually also contain chemical compounds as well. Ingredients such as; Resorcinol (exfoliant to help break down rough skin) Retinol (Vitamin A ) and Trichloroacetic acid (removes outer layers of skin). Many of these ingredients help with the peeling process when a superficial peel isn’t enough.
Our Refinery Signature Peel is a two step process. The first peel contains a botanical mix of acids to help with multiple skin concerns. The second step is a retinol peel to smooth and regenerate new healthy skin. This is one of our favorite peels systems!!
One of our licensed practitioners applies each solution and neutralizes them as well. This means you are free to wear make up and go about your life. The best part about our Refinery Signature peels…there is no sting involved and your skin looks fantastic as you leave the clinic. This is thanks to the soothing Green Tea Polyphenols found on the peel solution. Skin may begin sloughing two to three days after your treatment. This sloughing usually last for three days. It is important to keep your skin hydrated and protected with sunscreen. the superficial peel and the medium peel are suitable for skin on the face, neck and hands.
Who is a candidate for a chemical peel?
Chemical peels can be performed on a wide variety of budgets and with varying amounts of downtime making them a popular choice. Our Refinery Signature Peel is suitable for all skin colors and skin types without risk of hyperpigmentation. However, it is important to note that chemical peels are not for everyone. they are not recommended for people with active skin infections, herpes simplex 1, sunburns or broken skin. It is also best to avoid a chemical peel procedure if you are pregnant or nursing, have taken Accutane in the last 6 months, have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea. 48 hours prior to a chemical peel it is not recommended to use acid-based skin care products.
How long do the results from a chemical peel last?
Results are not permanent and it often takes multiple chemical peels to lift and correct deeper layers of skin cell damage.
Are there any potential complications from chemical peels?
Although uncommon, scarring and temporary or permanent change in skin color may occur. Reactivation of cold sores is also possible.
If you are interested in learning more about superficial or medium chemical peels we would love to sit down and discuss the treatment and see if it is right for you! Contact us today!