Peels are the fastest, most effective way to reduce the appearance of and clear out skin concerns like acne, acne marks, dark spots, sun damage, discoloration, uneven texture, and fine lines.
Here's why.. Chemical peels break down the top layer (or layers) of the skin. The idea is to continuously keep peeling away layer after layer of (dead) skin cells so that you're able to get to "the bottom" of your skin concern. By intensely peeling, you're able to take care of the fresh new skin cells that come to the surface.
It's important to note that there are MANY different types of chemical peels. I use Pro Power Peels from Dermalogica, and they are VERY effective. Peels are also NOT for every skin type/concern. Those with Grade 3 or 4 acne, sensitive skin, or darker skin tones that hypo-pigment easily, should not receive a chemical peel as it will cause unnecessary irritation and could result in damaging the skin.
The whole chemical peel process really isn't that intimidating.
Here's what goes down in my facial room:
Step 1: A client consultation is given to determine skin concerns and goals.
Step 2: A double cleanse is performed to ensure skin is clean prior to peel.
Step 3: A peel prep solution is applied all over the areas that are getting a peel. In my 45min peel treatments, I cover the face, neck and décolleté.
Step 4: The first peel layer is applied and left on for 2 mins before the next layer is applied on top. This process is repeated all the way to the max of 5 layers. Client holds a hand-held fan to limit any discomfort.
Step 5: Skin is neutralized. Typically during this step, skin begins to peel pretty dramatically.
Step 6: Cooling gel mask is applied and left on for 5-10min.
Step 7: Toner, moisturizer, and SPF is applied
Post-care instructions and a Post-care kit are given so client knows exactly how to take care of their skin for the next 5 days post-peel.
WHAT TO EXPECT POST-PEEL
It really depends on a number of factors like how high of a percentage the peel(s) are that we used during the treatment, how many layers we did, and how resilient your skin is. But typically during the neutralization process, you'll feel grittiness -and THAT is your skin peeling away. After the 2nd day post-peel, you might experience skin dryness and flakiness for the next 2-3 days. If you don't experience any flakiness on the 2nd day post-peel, that's okay! You peeled plenty during your treatment, and your skin is ready to begin healing (rather than peel more).
For optimal results, do a series of 3 peels, two weeks apart.