‘Tis the Season for Chemical Peels

Winter is the ideal time of year to peel away sun damage and aging skin with a series of chemical peels.

If you want to achieve that “Holiday Glow” and erase the toll that summer has taken on your skin, book your appointment today for specialized treatment from on of our highly skilled Skin Therapists.

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Chemical peels are typically used to restore a youthful, vibrant appearance to wrinkled, blotchy, sun-damaged skin. Chemical peels help to reduce acne scars, improve skin texture, and reduce the effects of sun damage.  Most skin types and colors can benefit from chemical peels. However, it is best to let your Skin Therapist determine which peel and treatment schedule is best for you.

During a treatment, your skin will be cleansed, analyzed and prepared with a solution to remove surface oils and allow the peel to penetrate your skin evenly. Sensitive areas that should not be treated will be protected with a thin barrier of petroleum jelly. A chemical mixture will be applied, such as glycolic acid (from sugar cane), trichloroacetic acid (based on common vinegar, or acetic acid), salicylic acid (from willow bark), or lactic acid (from milk).

  • Glycolic acid is a popular treatment for wrinkles and acne.
  • Trichloroacetic acid, known as TCA, is used to reduce discoloration and treat melasma.
  • Salicylic acid is effective in treating oily skin, clogged pores and seborrheic dermatitis. Salicylic peels work for those with acne, ingrown hairs, and psoriasis.
  • Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid like glycolic acid, but is much gentler and a wonderful choice for sensitive skin or for those who have never had a chemical peel. Lactic acid helps the skin maintain its ideal PH factor and helps remove germs, dead cells and toxins from the skin.

The acids used during a chemical peel react with the skin to produce a controlled wound, allowing fresh skin to regenerate and surface. It is normal to feel tingling, itching or a warming sensation. Most peels are kept on the skin for only a few minutes, and are closely monitored by your Skin Therapist. Your Therapist may also fan to help keep you comfortable.

Learn about post-care for chemical peels.