Light superficial and medium depth chemical peels are effective exfoliating, regenerating and stimulating treatments for a variety of skin problems.
It is imperative that to safely and effectively prepare your skin for a chemical peel that you use a complete clinical skin care regimen for a minimum of 14 days. This prep period allows the skin to become use to different exfoliating ingredients and acids. Prepping the skin before hand also allows the melanin levels (color) in your skin to become regulated and receive the peel safely. The client needs to wear proper sunscreen during the prep period.
- 7 days prior to your treatment:
- Avoid any irritants to your skin, including retinoids and retinol, glycolic and salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, astringents. If you are on these products long term and have no irritation or redness from these products, please feel free to continue use.
- Do not wax, tweeze, or use depilatory creams.
- Avoid artificial tanning and sun exposure 2 weeks prior to scheduled treatment.
- Do not schedule a procedure if you are pregnant or think you are pregnant.
- Inform your provider if you have a history of facial and/or nasal herpes to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to treatment.
It is suggested when scheduling this treatment to allow some down time just in case the skin exfoliation is more than expected. Even though there may be anticipated peeling, the skin, at various stages of progress, may experience heavier sloughing. Usually this is never more than 1 or 2 days. However, some clients don’t peel at all and some can peel up to 10 days. Whether your skin peels a little, a lot or not at all doesn’t mean the treatment was or wasn’t affective. It is impossible to predict exactly what may happen to the skin. Listed is a general description of what to anticipate.
- Immediately following the treatment, the skin will feel very smooth and tight.
- The skin will generally begin peeling in 2 to 3 days; however peeling can take place anytime for the next 7 days.
- The skin does not always visibly peel. It may take 2 to 3 treatments for this to happen. There are many other advantages from a skin peel.
- Benefits from these procedures may be smoother and softer skin, a healthier glow, less oil, more moisture, refined pores, an improvement in discoloration, diminished fine lines and increased acne control.
- Please keep in mind that an average of 6 chemical peels are recommended each spaced 3 weeks apart to achieve significant improvement in the appearance and condition of the skin. After the series of treatments are completed to maintain the results the client should stay on a complete daily skin regimen and return every 4-8 weeks for a professional exfoliation treatment.
On the day of your treatment
- Wash your face and apply moisturizer and sunscreen.
- Do not apply makeup.
- Men: Please shave prior to treatment with a straight-edge blade. Shaving cream is acceptable to use.
Post treatment insructions
- DO NOT wash your face for 8 hours.
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds to treated areas after treatment. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
- Do not overheat your skin for 48 hours after the chemical peel: this includes, sweating, exercising, extremely hot showers, or blow-dryers.
- ONLY use mineral make-up for 48 hours following the chemical peel.
- DO NOT at any time pick at peeling or sloughing skin.
- DO NOT use a washcloth on your face or a scrub for 7 days.
- If any area is irritated, you may apply a mild hydrocortisone cream.
- Some areas will have completely peeled and other areas may have not peeled at all. This is normal.
Acid skin peel
Superficial skin peeling is designed to remove epidermal layers of skin using an appropriate acid solution. This type of peeling is used to help “dry out” active acne, reduce shallow wrinkling and scarring, in some cases lighten hyper pigmented areas (dark patches), and to improve the overall appearance and health of sun- damaged and aging skin.
Before the acid is applied, it is necessary to prepare and de-fat the skin. This is accomplished in part by cleansing and using a prep solution. You may feel stinging sensation when the solutions are applied. This discomfort lasts usually for about 5 to 10 minutes.
When the treatment is finished, the skin may have a frosted white appearance. This is caused from the solution and usually fades within a few hours. The skin may also be very red and will continue to redden and feel sensitive over the next 24 hours. The skin becomes very tight and dry and there may be very slight swelling. This is normal.
No picking at the skin. Do not expose treated areas to direct sunlight for 2 weeks. 4 weeks is better and never getting direct sun is, of course, optimal.