A chemical peel is a procedure used to improve the texture of the facial and body skin using a chemical solution. Chemical peels exfoliate the outer layers of dead skin, revealing a newer, healthier layer of skin.
Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin imperfections such as acne, mild acne scarring, fine lines, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots), keratosis pilaris (KP), sun damage, and uneven pigmentation. Chemical peels can also be used for spot treatments and to reduce mild stretch marks.
We utilize a variety of peeling agents such as: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, kojic acid, jessner, and trichloroacetic acid (TCA), to treat different skin types and conditions.
Frequently asked questions:
Treatment time is based on the area to be treated. A typical treatment for the face takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Body treatments could take about an hour.
This depends on the depth of the peel. Superficial peels require no down time which is why they are often referred to as lunch time peels. You can return to work right after the peel. There might be some mild flaking after the peel which can be easily covered with makeup. Medium peels require at least 3 to 7 days of down time because the skin flakes and peels during this time.
You may go outside, but sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 must be worn. The peel makes the skin a little more sensitive to sun exposure.
This depends on the type of peel and skin condition. Superficial peels are done several times over a course of several months, usually about every 2 to 4 weeks. Medium depth peels usually require less treatments and are done less frequently.
Chemical Peels remain a safe, effective and tolerable option to treat dark skin. Individuals of African, African American, West Indian and South Asian descent can benefit tremendously from chemical peels. The most important thing is to use peels that are specially formulated for dark skin, and to be treated by an experienced practitioner.
Chemical peels can be used on most areas of the body. As with facial chemical peels, body peels address the effects of acne, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and improve skin texture.
Chemical peels can be used on the body to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. It is important to bear in mind that a chemical peel will not remove stretch marks completely, however, they usually fade as a result of treatment. Multiple treatments are usually needed.
A chemical peel will help exfoliate the dry, rough, bumpy skin that results from keratosis pilaris. The condition is caused by the skin’s failure to exfoliate itself properly. Most common areas affected are upper arms, legs, buttocks and cheeks. Keratosis pilaris is a chronic problem. Multiple treatments are needed to help keep the skin smooth.