If you are looking to take better care of your skin and reduce the aging lines on your face specifically, you should consider chemical peels and their numerous benefits. Our training estheticians at The Skin Insititute offer a variety of chemical peels for our clients to help them have glowing and healthy skin. Read the remainder of this blog to learn more about chemical peels, which one is right for you, and how they can benefit your skin texture.
What To Know Before A Chemical Peel
Before you schedule a chemical peel, there are a few things you can do to prep your skin. Talking with a dermatologist before you have any medical procedure done on your skin can help you determine what chemical peel is right for you. Those with past skin cancers, acne-prone skin, sensitive areas, or those who are pregnant may want to stay away from chemical peels.
It is also important to remember that every new product or practice may irritate your skin. Some chemical peels can have negative side effects when done incorrectly. Make sure you watch for rashes, new scars, or infections after a skin treatment at a spa or medical spa.
Some chemical peels will cause redness and your doctor should apply a protective ointment to help prevent dryness. Do not use cosmetics or other products to cover redness until after 5-7 days have passed.
How Chemical Peels Are Done
There are different levels of chemical peels that are offered for adult patients. Light, medium, and deep chemical peels have different processes for applications.
For light peels, estheticians use a brush, cotton ball, or another applicator to apply the solution directly to your skin. These are usually made of light chemicals like salicylic acid that is in other skin care products. After the solution has sat on your skin the esthetician or doctor will then use a neutralizing wash to remove the chemical peel from your skiing.
A medium chemical peel will be applied similarly. A medium peel penetrates the skin deeper than a light peel and may cause some stinging or burning. After the chemical solution is applied and has been set for a few minutes, the doctor will apply a cool compress to soothe the areas you are treating.
Deep peels are more intense and thus require you to be monitored thoroughly. They may even give you fluids through an IV while they apply the peel. This peel includes carbolic acid that is applied in 15-minute intervals so as not to overexpose you to phenol. This procedure usually takes about 90 minutes.
1- AHA Peels
Alpha hydroxy acid peels are one of the lightest chemical peels that are available. This only affects the very top layers of the skin with minimal redness or flaking after the procedure is performed. Using these types of chemical peels helps to even skin tone, minimize the look of your pores, and reduce dark spots.
2- Glycolic Peels
The biggest benefit of Glycolic peels is their ability to help bring a healthy glow back to your skin. The acid helps dead skin cells to slough off leaving a smoother skin surface and better skin texture. Glycolic peels come in different intensities so they can work well for a variety of skin types.
3- Trichloroacetic Acid Peels
Also known as a TCA peel, trichloroacetic acid helps to remove the outermost layers of the skin. This helps skin conditions including acne scars, sun damage, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. These peels can often be done in a short amount of time with a limited amount of pain, which makes them a popular option for busy people.
4- Jessners Peel
A Jessners peel provides exfoliation for the client using resorcinol, salicylic acid, and lactic acid. This peel helps to exfoliate, detoxify, and oxygenate the skin which is beneficial for those with uneven pigmentation or acne.
Benefits Of Chemical Peels
While chemical peels can have more benefits when combined with the right skincare products and sun protection, some of the benefits that lead clients to seek them include:
- Effective acne treatment
- Minimizes the appearance of pores
- Erases fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves discoloration
- Lifts skin
- Soothes scarring
- Balances texture
Our Guest Services With The Skin Institute
As an esthetician school, we want to give our students real people to practice and develop their skills with. Our students are monitored and use only products that our instructors recommend for the client. We offer facials, chemical peels, body treatments, hair removal, brow tinting, lash lifts, and more! Visit our site to learn more and see the full list of prices.