As we age, our cellular turnover slows down (which is why you might notice a duller complexion with every birthday). Peels can speed up the process by manually shedding dead cells. All peels contain active chemical exfoliants (usually an acid). Once the peel is applied, the chemical exfoliator goes to work, breaking up dull, dead skin cells and removing them. Once that layer of skin sheds, younger-looking skin takes its place. (Note: the amount of skin shedding depends on how strong the peel is and how deep it penetrates the skin.)
If you’ve ever tried an at-home chemical exfoliator, you already have an idea of what a light chemical peel feels like. Relatively speaking, the process is virtually free of discomfort — though you may experience a slight stinging or tingling sensation. Usually, there is no need for pain reliever medication during the treatment.
Before you undergo a peel, we will ask you detailed questions about your skincare routine, your medical history, and your expectations.We will also do a skin examination to ensure you’re a good candidate.
Once you’re reclined and settled, your provider will apply the peel solution to your skin. You may feel a tingling sensation as the peel goes to work. Peels are outpatient procedures that usually take less than an hour, although full-facial deep peels can take up to 20 minutes.
Healing time varies depending on the type of peel typically recovery can take 10-14 days depending on the client. Another important note: Because post-peel skin is extra-sensitive, it’s vital to apply sun protection after your procedure and every day afterward.
For light peels, you will need multiple treatments to garner full results, though skin will look more radiant after a single session. Medium and deep peels only require a single treatment to elicit fresher-looking skin — often for years to come. Most importantly, sun protection is always a must — both to extend the results of your peel, and simply to maintain healthy skin overall.