Chemical peels are used to refresh skin texture, reduce fine lines, diminish skin discoloration, such as sun spots, age spots and melasma. Mild scarring and certain types of acne can also be treated with chemical peels. During these treatments, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, removing old cells and revealing new cells that form a smoother, less wrinkled and more even skin tone.
Are there special precautions needed before Chemical Peel treatments?
Kinerase Tretinoin, Retin A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac or alpha-hydroxy acid creams are not recommended to be used for two or three days pre and post treatment. Sunscreen should be applied post-chemical peel on a routine basis to guard against sunburn or excessive pigmentation. Waxing should not be done for at least 2 days pre and post treatment. Accutane is contraindicated with chemical peels. Patients who have taken Accutane are advised to wait four to six months before undertaking treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
During a chemical peel, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may be followed by some stinging. This sensation may last 5 to 10 minutes.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the skin may have a reaction similar to having been in the sun; the skin may have redness and be sensitive to the touch. You may experience some of the following reactions to the procedure over the next few days-stinging, itching, tightness and a mild powdery peeling of the top layer of skin. Peeling or flaking of the skin generally last 1-7 days based on skin type and nature of the peel used. Use of a hydrating moisturizer and broad spectrum sunscreen daily is recommended.
How many treatments will I need?
That depends on the skin or condition being treated. Usually 4-10 treatments are recommended 2-4 weeks apart. Typically, although the skin will look and feel refreshed, smoother and softer after one treatment, the most dramatic results show about the fourth treatment.
At Dermatology Specialists, we offer a variety of chemical peels. Our highly trained staff will determine what peel is appropriate for your specific skin type and concerns.
Available options include:
PCA Sensi Peel®
This gentle solution is formulated primarily for ethnic skin as well as all other extremely sensitive skin types. Sensi Peel® will strengthen and brighten the skin while helping to treat sun damage and other forms of hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration). This multi-faceted treatment also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, and antibacterial action, making it an excellent choice to help calm rosacea, as redness and inflammation can subside substantially after treatment.
SkinMedica Illuminize Peel®
Increases skin glow and radiance. Tightens the skin, restores a more youthful appearance, and improves skin texture with little or no visible peeling. Appropriate for the first time chemical peel patient.
SkinMedica Vitalize Peel®
A blend of retinoic acid and alpha hydroxy acids that may help you achieve dramatic improvement in texture and tone, lessen superficial lines, and exude a healthier, more youthful look and feel with minimal “down time.”
SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel®
Appropriate for patients with moderate to severe skin imperfections that result from skin again and sun exposure, such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture. The Rejuvenize Peel also addresses skin unevenness that can be caused by acne scarring or pigmentary changes.
Salicylic Acid Peel
Helps eliminate irritating acne, clogged pores, and sun damaged skin. Also diminishes excessive oil production.
Please contact our office for further information on the Chemical Peels we offer.