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What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical facial peels, also referred to as chemical resurfacing, are used to produce a controlled injury to the skin to promote the growth of new skin. Chemical peels have been around for hundreds of years from ancient Egyptians bathing in sour milk and old wine - that contained lactic and fruit acids that are still commonly acid used in mild chemical peels today) to the current day facial peels performed in spas and in homes across the world. Skin peels are used to exfoliate and peel away the outer layers of skin to reveal a smooth, tight and more even toned complexion with a youthful radiant glow.

Are the peels sold here professional strength?

Our peels are professional grade, unbuffered peels.

Who Can Use a Chemical Peel?

Just about anyone can get a chemical peel, however there are some instances that one should not use a skin peel - see Who Should Not Use a Chemical Peel? for more details.

Can men use chemical peels?

Men can absolutely use peels and tend to have a thicker skin, so they may be well tolerated.

Can I use a chemical peel on other parts of my body?

Chemical peels can be used on the body, however you will want to avoid the genital area. Typically the skin on the body is much thicker than the face, so you may want to consult with our estheticians to see the best fit for you.

Who Shouldn’t Use a Chemical Peel?

You should NOT use a skin peel if:

  • You are currently taking antibiotics, accutane or oral steroids or if you have done so within the past year.
  • Yuu have a tendency to form keloid scars.
  • You have previously experienced cold sores on the mouth or face or have a health condition that affects your immune system or your body’s ability to heal.
  • You are undergoing cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and/or radiation.
  • You have been treated with a hair removal system the past two days.
  • If you are pregnant or nursing.

Which Peel is Right for Me??

There are various types of acids used in chemicals peels such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid and various acid combinations are widely available for at home use. Most often, chemical peels are used on the face, but may also be used on the neck, chest.

Can peels can be used to remove tattoos or stretch marks?

We do not promote our peels for stretch mark/ tattoo removal as there are many factors involved. It can depend on the age of the stretch marks, how dark, how deep. You can certainly try, it may or may not help.

How many layers does the skin consist of?

There are two layers of the skin. The outer layer is called the epidermis and the inner layer, the dermis. Superficial peels (e.g. glycolic acid) produce very superficial injury, confined to the epidermis. Superficial peels can help improve conditions, such as acne and dyschromia. Deeper peels, (e.g. phenol peels) produce injury within the dermis and can reverse moderate-to-severe photo aging and wrinkles. In general, the deeper peels offer the most dramatic results but require longer recovery periods and carry a higher risk of complications



Can you use a daily exfoliator during the peel process?

Daily exfoliators are a great way to prep and maintain your results from your chemical peel, however you will want to wait a full week following a peel to resume to exfoliation.

Can you use any type of cleanser prior to the peel?

We recommend using a gel based cleanser for the best results. While cream cleansers are nice, they tend to leave residue on the skin which may affect the penetration of the peel.

Can you use a peel while taking accutane?

You must wait a full 12 months of being off of accutane before using a chemical peel.

What do I need to use to apply the peel?

We recommend using gauze pads or cotton balls for application.

Can you layer the peels to make them stronger?

Certain peels may be layered such as jessner, tca and fusion peels. Jessner peels can be layered up to 8 layers, while TCA and fusion can be layered up to 3. Please use caution when layering TCA peels as they are aggressive peels.

Can the peels be mixed with one another?

We do not recommend mixing or tampering with the peels as it can ruin the solution.



What does frosting look like?

When the skin frosts, it turns a whitish color during application and typically darkens the following day, This is normal and expected with the stronger peels

What skin care products are recommended to use following a peel?

We recommend using a good post peel healing serum such as our hyaluronic acid and a good moisturizer with SPF 30.

Do you need to use sunscreen in conjunction with peels?

While sunscreen should be used as part of your daily regimen at all times, You especially need to make sure to use it during the peeling process as the skin will be more sensitive to the sun’s rays.

How many peels will I need to see results?

The amount of peels it will take to achieve desired results will depend on many factors. Typically desired results are achieved within 6-8 treatments but that can vary.

May I exercise after the peel?

Exercise that produces a lot of heavy sweating should be avoided the day of the peel. You may resume all regular activities the next day.

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

The amount of peeling does not mean the peel is or is not working. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel and which strength of peel you have used. The skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, even if you do not see much peeling, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation. Some peels such as Glycolic and Lactic peels do not always produce visible peeling.



Who is the best candidate for a glycolic peel?

Glycolic peels are great for addressing fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and hormonal acne.

Will there be any downtime with the glycolic peel?

There is typically little to no downtime with the glycolic peels as they work on a cellular level.

How much peeling will I experience?

This peel typically does not produce visible peeling, You may see some light flaking if any.



Who is the best candidate for a Jessner Peel?

Jessner peels are great for those with an oily acneic skin, who do not mind up to 2 weeks of downtime.

Is Jessner safe for all skin tones?

We do not recommend jessner peels for a medium to dark skin tone as it can cause hyperpigmentation.

How much peeling will I experience?

Depending on how many layers you apply you can see medium peeling to very deep peeling.

How many layers can I do with the Jessner?

The jessner can be layered up to 8 layers. 2-3 for a lighter peel, 4-6 for a medium strength peel, and 6-8 for a deep peel.



Who is the best candidate for a TCA peel?

TCA peels are good for deeper wrinkles and sagging skin and for fair to medium skin tones.

Is there any downtime with this peel?

The 10% produces light flaking while the 20% and 30% will cause the skin to darken and peel off in sheets with up to 2 weeks of downtime.

How often can I repeat this peel?

The TCA peels can be repeated every 2 weeks for the 10%, every 3-4 weeks for the 20% and every 4-6 weeks for 30%.



Are there any peels or exfoliators that help ingrown hairs?

The salicylic peels will help to address ingrown hairs.

What is the best skin type to use a salicylic peel?

Salicylic peels are meant for an oily acneic skin and is safe for all skin types.

What does the downtime look like with salicylic peels?

Downtime may vary from light flaking to medium flaking with possible frosting.



What percent of acid is the Fusion Peel?

It is a proprietary blend of different acids and fruit enzymes. The depth of peeling and amount of recovery time is similar to about a TCA 10%-15%.

Who is the best candidate for the Fusion Peel?

The Fusion Peel can be used by all skin tones and skin types. It is great for addressing uneven skin tone, mild acne, anti-aging, and rejuvenation of the skin. It is a great step up for Glycolic Peel users who desire a slightly more aggressive treatment.

Is this peel safe for darker skin tones?

The Fusion peel was designed to be used on all skin tones. Medium to dark skin tones should follow the instructions for a new peel user and only apply one layer so that they can observe how their skin responds to the peel.

How much peeling will I experience?

Typically, the Fusion Peel Medium Strength will produce light flaking for about 5-7 days. Amount of peeling and recovery time increases if the peel is layered upon application. Each additional layer applied will result in a deeper peel and longer recovery time.

How often can I repeat this peel?

The Fusion Peel Medium strength can be repeated about once every 2-3 weeks.