Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin.  A chemical solution is applied to the skin which causes the top layer to separate and peel off.  This will allow new skin to regenerate.  The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled that the old skin and may also be more even in color.

Today, with the public’s increasing interest in rejuvenating skin, and slowing the effects of the aging process, chemical peeling has emerged as an exciting anti-aging procedure. Results of chemical peels may also be enhanced by laser/light-based rejuvenation techniques such as Anushka’s Lime Light Laser by Cutera for Photorejuvenation.

What chemical peels can do?

Chemical peeling is used to treat fine lines, especially under the eyes and around the mouth. Wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging and hereditary factors can be reduced or even eliminated with this procedure. Your aesthetic provider can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for each individual case.  Mild scarring and certain types of acnes may also be treated with chemical peels. In addition, pigmentation of the skin in the form of sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, blotchiness due to taking birth control pills and skin that is dull in texture and color may be improved with chemical peeling. Areas of sun damaged skin and scaling patches may improve as well.  Sunscreens and sun blocks must be used in conjunction with chemical peels in order to decrease the chance of the reappearance of lesions.

Chemical Peel Schedule

A series of 4-6 peels performed every 2-3 weeks is suggested for the best results.  For these gentle peels, most people usually schedule one every 2 weeks until they’ve had 4-6 in total. This will depend on your personalized consultation with your aesthetic provider, and the level of sun-damage you have.

Prepping for a Chemical Peel

Let your aesthetician know if you have had:

  • Accutane within the last year
  • Frequent fever blisters
  • Recent cosmetic surgery
  • Formation of bad scars
  • Cold sores on the mouth and face
  • History of radiation therapy to the face
  • Are pregnant or nursing
  • Take birth control pills

What happens during the peel:

The procedure may be performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands. Superficial, medium or deep peels may be used to improve damaged skin and are performed in our office. First, the skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils. The eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions are used.  Your aesthetician will suggest the proper peeling agent based on the type of skin damage that is present and the desired results. During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation followed by a stinging/itchy sensation. Depending on the peel you receive, your provider may leave you with the product on your face along with instruction on the post care protocol.

Caring for your skin after your chemical peel.

You will be given personal instructions after your peel.

  • Gently cleanse with mild soap twice a day.
  • Your face will be red initially and later brown. Scaling may develop. This is only for medium to deeper peels, not Glycolic or Salicylic peels.
  • Sun avoidance is essential! You must use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF in it for protection.
  • You will probably be placed on a Retinol, a glycolic acid, and possibly a skin lightening cream after your peels.
  • No facial waxing during the series of chemical peels should be scheduled or performed.
  • Do not exercise the day of your peel.

 

To learn more about the Chemical Peels offered at Anushka Spa, Salon and Cosmedical Centre, or to schedule a Chemical Peel, please phone our cosmedical concierge at 561.820.8055. You may learn more about our Chemical Peels on our Cosmedical page.