A chemical peel is a treatment where a chemical exfoliant is applied to the skin, thus causing controlled damage to the cells at the epidermal or dermal layer of the skin. Depending on the peel that is appropriate for the client, the acid will reach the required depth of skin and break/loosen the bonds between the dead and healthy skin cells. Over a short period of time, these broken bonds loosen fully, and the dead skin cells are released.
Chemical peels can help to improve issues such as texture, tone, firmness, and can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. They can also help to reduce acne and inflammation.
The chemical peels that are used at Concept Medical are either an enzyme (bromelain/papain), an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). The medical aesthetician will discuss which option is best suited for you during your consultation prior to treatment.
The chemical peels that we use at Concept Medical contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic and resorcinol. Our enzyme treatment is a combination of bromelain (derived from pineapple) and papain (derived from papaya).
Although chemical peels can help people of all complexions and hues, the lighter your hair and skin, the lower your risk of uneven skin after the procedure. Patients with darker hair and skin are still eligible for chemical peels, but should be mindful and cautious and have a thorough consultation prior to treatment. Also, anyone who is pregnant or could possibly be pregnant, or is currently breast feeding should hold off on chemical peels.
The down time varies greatly depending on which chemical peel is used. This will be discussed and explained fully during your consultation.
Once your skins cells have fully repaired after your chemical peel, you will notice that your skin will appear:
- More radiant
- Improved tone and texture
- Softer and firmer
The sensations you will feel during a treatment will be a tingle, itch or intense heat. The sensation only lasts the duration of the peel, and is immediately calmed after removal. The sensations you feel, and the visible reactions your skin has, are closely monitored throughout the treatment by the medical aesthetician. This ensures a safe and effective treatment for the client.
Beautiful skin unfortunately does not happen overnight. A single chemical peel will certainly help to show immediate improvement in the brightness and radiance of your skin superficially – however a cure is usually recommended. When you commit to a peel cure (multiple peels spaced appropriately apart), you are working towards treating deeper issues such as textural, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and inflammation. Using recommended at home skin care consistently and as directed between chemical peels, is highly suggested also.
For seven days post treatment, the client must refrain from the following:
- Waxing, threading and use of all depilatories
- Neurotoxin injections
- Dermal filler injections
- Use of retinoids
- Use of mechanical exfoliants
- Use to topical AHA/BHA and all other topical skincare exfoliants
- Use of sunless tanning products
- Acne topical treatments
- Use of hot tubs, pools, saunas or steam rooms
- The client must also agree to use a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen for 14 days post chemical peel
Are there any treatments offered at Concept medical that are good to combine into a routine with chemical peels?
At Concept Medical, a chemical peel is always encouraged for clients prior to some other treatments. Having a medical grade chemical peel prior to treatments such as Broadband Light therapy or micro-needling can significantly compliment the more invasive treatments (when spaced properly apart) leading to faster and more noticeable results.