What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. It is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution made up of acids (often naturally occurring) is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. This reveals a brighter more hydrated skin underneath and aids in the improvement of fine lines, texture, age spots, acne as well as pigmented scars.
How severe is the peeling, and how long will the peeling last?
Peeling varies dependent on the patient and the peel used. Generally peeling will begin about 2-3 days after you have had the treatment and can last for a week or more. Peeling can range from a slight dusty, dehydrated look to the skin, to a more advanced peeling like after a sunburn, some patients don’t experience any peeling, but this does not mean the peel didn’t work.
Can a Chemical Peel be used to treat other areas of the body?
Chemical peels can also be used to treat areas such as the neck, chest, and hands.
Is sun exposure permitted post peel?
Sun exposure without SPF should avoided before and during the peel process to avoid uneven exposure. Sunscreen of minimum SPF 30 is encouraged everyday after the peel and always!
Are Chemical Peels safe?
Yes, chemical peels are safe when they’re preformed by an experienced trained professional.
First Impressions utilizes the Alumier brand of peels and offers the following peel treatments:
A brightening and resurfacing solution that combines lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol. Typically offered in a series of treatments, Glow peel can help reduce visible signs of aging, discoloration and acne, and can be customized in strength by the number of layers applied.
A notch above the glow peel offering more powerful resurfacing prosperities with higher concentrations of lactic and salicylic acid as well as resorcinol.
A combination of AHA acids pairing 20% lactic acid and 10% glycolic acid to reduce the visible signs of aging and discoloration.
A beta hydroxy acid treatment featuring 20% salicylic acid that is suitable for oily skin, and improves congestion and clogged pores to help improve acne and discoloration.
A “red-carpet” treatment” featuring 30% lactic acid that provides instant glow while being gentle enough for sensitive skin.