Slow Burn - Chemical Peels and Why You Need One

By: Our Team

9/13/2023

A perfect complexion is lying just below the surface, of your own skin. The "nightmare" of getting a chemical peel has been pushed in media as a bad experience for a comedic trope, but what are the benefits and how can it give you flawless skin? 

Skincare in the 2020's is vastly different than in the 90's and early 2000's, but people still hold on to the idea that a chemical peel will ruin your skin, will hurt, and leave your skin raw and scarred. The "clean girl" aesthetic is taking over and chemical peels are the unsung hero of skincare routines all across tiktok.

Over time the acidic formulas have been refined as well as the approach to using them. The goal has shifted from the drastic peeling effect to infusing the skin with healthy ingredients that combat fine lines and wrinkles while boosting collagen production and fighting acne and scarring. Still not into it? Here's  a list of reasons why you need to book your first peel and give your skin a chance to shine. 

Skincare 

We're no stranger to seeing a video of a girl with clear and glowing skin, swear up and down that this super specific (and usually very expensive) product has changed her life and you need to buy it immediately. Then it fully sells out and everyone realizes it was a sponsored post and the product didn't work for you. But maybe, it did work for her because of a routine chemical peel? 

Within just a few minutes, acid will lift away all the dead skin cells that are preventing your skincare products from their full potential. Once that top layer is lifted, your cellular turnover begins and triggers your living cells to move to the surface and stimulate collagen production, revealing bright, beautiful skin. With that top layer of dead cells has been removed, your skincare products are able to sink in and have their full effect. 

Acne 

Acne is the most common skin condition around the world. Hormonal teens and aging adults can all have acne prone skin and can be susceptible to acne scarring, but what even is acne? 

Acne occurs when pores become clogged with excess oil, dirt, dead skin cells, or even bacteria.  Once these pores are clogged, acne can manifest as papules (small, tender red bumps). pustules, black or white heads.  If acne is untreated, it can form as cystic acne with large nodules which can lead to acne scarring. 

Acne can be due to hormones, genetics, diet, or even stress. 

For the best results, your esthetician will perform several peels over several weeks. Deep chemical peels happen once and require an extended healing period. After the full treatment, chemical peels remove damaged skin and clears up your acne. There are some hidden extras in your chemical peel too. Your peel will improve the absorption of future topical treatments you’ll use to keep your acne at bay.

Chemical peels also reduce pore size and may decrease sebum production, the oil that causes acne. That means long-term, you’ll get fewer acne breakouts. And who wouldn’t love a fresh new face? 

Peel Back the Curtains 

Chemical peels are special acid solutions applied to the face by a certified esthetician. When applied correctly, the acid solution damages and removes the top layer of dull skin over 2 weeks (or sometimes even more). The peel reveals smooth, healthier skin underneath. Chemical peels can treat a wide range of skin conditions, including: 

Hyperpigmentation (dark spots), sun spots, age spots, and liver spots

Uneven skin tone

Melasma

Fine lines and wrinkles

Rough skin or a dull complexion

Scars

Acne

Chemical peels happen in several sessions and can treat even deep acne scars. Your esthetician will use different types of peels to target different layers of your skin, depending on your needs and skincare goals.

There are many different types of chemical peels ranging from light to deep penetration into the skin.

? A light peel: little to no redness of skin after completed, 1-5 days to heal, very little flaking, can be done every 2 weeks until results are achieved

? A medium peel: slight redness of skin after completed, 7-10 days to heal, moderate amount of peeling, can be done every 4 weeks until results are achieved

? A deep peel: skin will be red after completed, 10-14 days to heal, significant amount of peeling, results should be achieved after one peel can be done yearly for maintenance

After the peel is applied it normally takes about 3 days for the peeling process to begin and dead skin will begin to come off, revealing an entirely new layer of skin. 

No matter the level of chemical peel you get there are always certain things to avoid during the healing process, the skin will be more sensitive so you want to wear SPF daily; reapplying throughout the day, avoid the sun as much as possible. Most estheticians prefer doing chemical peels in the winter, since it is easier for the client to avoid the sun. Do not pick or peel the skin when it starts the shedding process ,this will cause hyperpigmentation and may need additional treatments to get rid of it. Always use a gentle cleanser and a heavy moisturizer since the skin will become dry as it is peeling off and revealing a new layer of skin. 

Who Shouldn't Do This? 

Despite the effectiveness of chemical peels, the procedure is not for everyone. Based on your medical history, we’ll determine if this is the best route to deal with acne. Reasons you should not get a chemical peel include:

A current or previous bacterial or fungal infection

Taking medication to treat these infections

A history of irregular scarring, or keloids 

Current immune-related diseases

Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid peels just to be safe.

Patients with unrealistic expectations about the process may not be good candidates. You may need a holistic approach that includes multiple peels. For most patients, a completely acne-free face would not happen after one peel.

Make sure to raise any concerns before attempting a chemical peel. Your esthetician will advise you if the peel is right for you and provide alternatives if it’s not the right fit for your needs and goals. 


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*All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.