What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are a popular cosmetic treatment for smoother, even-toned, and youthful-looking skin. The process involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the outer layer to peel off. Depending on the peel that is appropriate for the client, the acid will reach the required depth of skin and loosen the bonds between the dead and healthy skin cells. Over a short period of time, these broken bonds lead to the release of dead skin cells, which we know as shedding. It is important to note that the degree of shedding does not indicate the effectiveness of a peel. Some patients may have more shedding than others. Some patients may not notice any shedding.
What do Chemical Peels Treat?
Chemical peels are a versatile treatment that can be used to address skin concerns like:
- Uneven texture and tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
Types of Chemical Peels
At Concept Medical, we use different chemical peels to help you achieve your desired results. During your consultation, one of our medical aestheticians will discuss the best option for you based on your unique needs and concerns. The treatments we use can be one of the following:
This treatment uses natural enzymes, such as bromelain (derived from pineapple) and papain (derived from papaya), to exfoliate the skin. These peels are generally milder than other chemical peels and are an excellent option for sensitive skin. Enzyme peels effectively remove dead skin cells and promote cellular turnover, resulting in smoother, brighter, and a more even complexion.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
AHAs are a type of water-soluble acid that works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells. They are excellent for improving skin texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and addressing mild hyperpigmentation. The most common AHAs we use at Concept Medical include glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) and lactic acid (derived from milk).
Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA)
BHAs are oil-soluble acids that penetrate deep into the pores to unclog them and dissolve excess sebum (oil substance). The most common type of BHA we use is salicylic acid (derived from willow bark). This type of acid effectively treats acne-prone skin, reduces inflammation, and improves skin texture.
What to Expect
Before your chemical peel treatment, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure the best possible results:
- Our experts will meet with you for a consultation. We will evaluate your skin type and discuss your concerns to determine the best chemical peel for you. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help put your mind at ease.
- Avoid certain skincare products. In the days leading up to your session, avoid using any products that contain retinoids, AHAs, or BHAs, as these can make your skin more sensitive.
- Avoid sun exposure: It’s essential to avoid excessive sun exposure and wear SPF 50 or above daily in the weeks leading up to your chemical peel treatment and following treatment. Sun damage can interfere with the healing process and results.
The sensations you might feel during your session can include a tingle, itch or warmth. The feeling only lasts the duration of the peel and is immediately calmed after removal. We will closely monitor your skin’s reaction during the process to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
For seven days post-treatment, try to refrain from the following:
- Waxing, threading and use of all depilatories
- Mechanical exfoliants
- Topical AHA/BHA and all other topical skincare exfoliants
- Sunless tanning products
- Acne topical treatments
- Hot tubs, pools, saunas or steam rooms
After your chemical peel, it’s essential to wear SPF 50 (at minimum) every day. Depending on the type of treatment you receive, you may experience some downtime resulting from redness, peeling, and dryness, so it’s important to plan social events or meetings accordingly.
In some cases, breakouts and inflammation can occur after a chemical peel. If this happens, you can apply a cool compress to the affected area to reduce inflammation and use a gentle cleanser to prevent further breakouts. Avoid harsh or abrasive scrubs, as these can irritate the skin further.