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Advanced Exfoliation FAQs

AKA Chemical Peels

What do chemical peels do?

Advanced exfoliation uses chemical peeling agents to resurface the skin by inducing a controlled wound and thus removing superficial layers of the skin. As a result, chemical peels promote the growth of a new healthy top skin layer and improve skin problems like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, and skin impurities.

*Not all peeling agents are created equal and some require little to no downtime!

What should I expect durning treatment?
 

Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The solution is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Patients may feel a mild-moderate stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin.

How long is the recovery after a chemical peel and what type of care is necessary?
 

Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Peeling usually starts around 48hrs after your appointment and lasts 3-7 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals and products with active ingredients should be avoided for 3-7 days post peel.

Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?
 

The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.

What products or procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?
 

One week before the peel stop using active ingredients in your skin care routine like Retinoids, Trentinoin, Salycilic Acid, and Glycolic Acid. Also don't receive any procedures in the treatment area involving waxing, electrolysis, or laser hair removal.

How to prepare for your appointment

History Of Cold Sores?

If you have a history of cold sores please let your technician know so they can avoid the area. Even if you are not currently having signs of a cold sore, the chemicals can bring on an outbreak.

 

Specialized Post Treatment Instructions

 

All chemical peel treatments are different in strength and require specialized post-care instructions. This information will be provided by your licensed medical aesthetician during your appointment.

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call, text, or email. We are happy to help!

  • Stop using skin care products with active ingredients 3-days before your appointment. Ex. tretinoin retinol, AHA/BHA, salicylic, and hydroquinone. These make your skin more sensitive and can cause an adverse reaction with the chemicals used in the peel. It's best to not use any products the day of the appointment.

  • Avoid sun exposure 7-days prior. If you have a sunburn the day of your appointment you will not be treated and will for-fit your deposit.

  • We are unable to treat patients that are pregnant or nursing.

  • Drink lots of water! This helps with the healing process.

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