A chemical peel is an acid solution that is applied to the skin. It dissolves the outermost layer of skin cells, which then peels off over the following days to reveal the fresher, younger layer below.
Peels are very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving skin brightness, and evening skin tone.
Peels can be light, moderate or deep. Light peels require no down time from work and your normal activities. Moderate peels may require a day or two, and deep peels can require a week or more of downtime to allow the skin to fully heal.
Beyond Beauty Skincare performs light to moderate peels only. Deep peels can only be performed by a physician, or under a physician’s supervision, for your safety.
Your licensed aesthetician Barb Torgerson is a specialized professional, with over a decade in performing effective and safe chemical peels.
Preparing for your treatment
If you’re taking prescribed acne medication, oral antibiotics, Retin-A or Accutane, it is advised to discontinue to do so. Talk to your doctor about stopping the medication. During consultation we can review any other contraindications with you prior to your treatment to determine if a chemical peel is right for you. Be sure to get a thorough consultation prior to your peel. Certain chemicals benefit from being “prepped” 1-2 weeks in advance. You may want to plan your peeling time (2-4 days post session) around scheduled outdoor activities or special events.
What to expect during a chemical peel treatment
The skin is cleansed and a prep solution will be applied to remove surface oils and allow the peel to penetrate the skin evenly. Any sensitive areas that cannot be treated will be protected. One or more chemical mixtures will be applied, such as glycolic acid (from sugar cane), trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid —good for acne), lactic acid (from milk), or a combination peel called a Jessners peel. The peel will be applied in 1–6 layers, depending on the depth of penetration intended. The acids react with the skin to produce a “controlled wound,” allowing fresh skin to regenerate and emerge. A tingling, burning or hot sensation is normal. Each chemical feels slightly different and you will be told ahead of time what to expect. Most peels remain on the skin only a few minutes, and are closely watched. A fan may help you stay more comfortable and will be supplied to you. Some peels are rinsed off, while other peels are self-timed and stop on their own.
After the peel
After most peels, the skin will be pink to red, and look shiny and tight. It is vital to apply sunscreen of SFP 30 or greater to the skin for the next 48 hours, minimum. You must also stay out of the sun, as your skin will be very sensitive to UV rays and could be damaged by sun exposure. The day of the peel it is important you do not plan on any activities were you will sweat excessively or become hot in temperature. Never apply ice, or heat to the treated skin. Depending on the chemical used, the skin will begin to flake or peel within 2–3 days after the treatment. Sun-damaged areas of your skin will appear darker at first, then will lighten. This is normal. Deeper peels can produce peeling for a week or more. To assist in removing the flaking skin, an enzyme peel or light microdermabrasion treatment is sometimes scheduled a week or so after the initial peel. For maximum results, a series of peels is usually recommended and may be necessary for treating challenging issues such as hyperpigmentation.
-It is imperative you DO NOT PICK PULL OR RUB THE SKIN. This encourages the skin to come off quicker than naturally, and may damage underlying skin.
Home care after a chemical peel
Recommend healing products are crucial for the week, or few days following your treatment. These will soothe and nourish your skin, and aid in its recovery, it also yields in better results. Certain products and ingredients are discouraged immediately after chemical exfoliation.
It is usually best to avoid makeup during this time, to allow the skin to heal and function without interference. However, if you must wear makeup, mineral makeup will not adversely affect the skin. It is important to understand that home care is very important to your skins health and beauty. You will notice your home regimen will now be more effective after treatments. You will receive a post peel sheet designed for you before you leave. If at any times you need guidance or have questions, you may email, call or text.