facial peels

What is a facial peel treatment?

A facial peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin and any imperfections including acne, uneven skin tone and signs of aging. A chemical or enzyme solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. Revealing healthier, smoother and younger looking skin.

What are the benefits of a peel?

It helps to improve skin texture and color, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, provides hydration, boosts blood flow and reduces acne scarring.  Also, it helps to minimize skin blemishes and improves dull skin.

What is the difference between a chemical and enzyme pee;?

Enzyme peels are composed of fruit enzymes that digest dead skin cells while simultaneously nourishing the skin to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion. The best part of enzyme peels is they are gentle enough for sensitive skin, require zero downtime, and yield immediate results. In addition, enzyme peels boast these benefits:

  • Unclog and shrink pores

  • Open pores for easier extractions

  • Remove dry, flakey skin

  • Diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and scars

  • Fade age spots, sun damage, and redness

Chemical peels are made of glycolic or salicylic acids that exfoliate the skin to leave behind a layer of fresh, radiant skin. While chemical peels accomplish many of the same goals as enzyme peels, they are more aggressive and can treat deeper skin concerns. Due to the harshness of chemical peels, they require some downtime, may require multiple sessions, and yield results over time. Chemical peels are perfect to:​

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

  • Fade age spots, sun damage, and redness

  • Even acne scars

  • Reduce large pores

  • Tighten the skin

What should I expect during a treatment?
Procedures may vary depending on the type of peel. When the solution is applied to the face, sensations include a mild stinging or tingling which is temporary and lasts 3-5 minutes until the solution is taken off.

How many peels will I need?
We recommend a series of 3-6 treatments. Enzymes and Chemical peels can be done every 2-3 weeks, depending on how your skin tolerates the peel, until the desired results are achieved. After that, peels can be done monthly for maintenance.

How often can I receive a peel?

Light chemical exfoliations produce little or no peeling as it removes very superficial skin layers. Those peels can be received as a series of treatments as often as every 2 week. The stronger the peel the longer the distance in between should be. The amount of chemical treatments you receive will depend upon your skin type, your discomfort level during the peeling process, how much your skin peels the first time.

Is there downtime with a peel?
It depends on the strength of the peel. Immediately after treatment the skin may be red and tight and peeling can last anywhere from 3-5 days. Be sure to be using a gentle cleanser and sunscreen following a peel and avoid strenuous activity for 2-3 days prior. It is important to stay out of the sun while peeling to avoid hyperpigmentation and picking/peeling the skin is prohibited as it can lead to scarring. Topical prescriptions can be continued 3-5 days after your peel.

Why did I not peel after my chemical peel?
The success of a peel is not judged on the amount of peeling. Regardless of the degree of peeling, your skin is still sloughing of at an accelerated rate. Improvements in the texture, tone, and overall appearance of the skin take place whether or not peeling occurs. 

Is there products/procedures to avoid before a chemical peel?
One week prior to your treatment you must not wax, use any depilatory creams or have any laser treatments or electrolysis performed. 2-3 days before your treatment stop using topical prescriptions, Retin-A, Tazorac, BHA’s & AHA’s or benzyl peroxide. Any cosmetic facial treatments including laser, fillers or surgery should be completely resolved and healed before having a chemical peel.

What should I do after a peel?

You may be more sensitive to sun exposure. Take extra precautions by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. We recommend limiting sun exposure for at least one week after your peel. Avoid strenuous exercise for 2-3 days. The perspiration caused may irritate the skin. Do not scrub your face when washing, gently cleanse. Avoid “helping the skin to peel”. No picking. You can control the peeling with a light moisturizer. Do not have any other facial treatment for at least one week after treatment.