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Chemical Peels

How should I prepare for my treatment?

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will allow us access to your body.

  • Be sure to eat a snack or small meal an hour or two before your appointment.

  • Avoid strenuous activity, swimming, or exercise after your treatment if possible. 

  • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine before and after.

  • Do drink plenty of water before and after your treatment.

  • Retin-A®, tretinoin, and Renova® users must discontinue use at least one week before a chemical peel.

  • It is recommended to delay the use of Differin®, Tazorac®, Avage®, EpiDuo™, Ziana®, and high-percentage AHA and BHA products for approximately five days before treatment.

  • Accutane users must stop using Accutane at least six months before a chemical peel.

  • It is recommended that extended sun exposure be avoided, especially in the ten days before treatment.

What does the treatment consist of?

Together we will review your medical history, health concerns, and current medications, including discussing your main skin concern and skincare goals.

You will be asked to undress to your comfort level for your facial, as some bodywork on your upper body will also be done.  Although uncomfortable at times, chemical peel facials should be a relaxing experience, so please communicate openly with your esthetician about pressure, comfort level, and any allergies you might have. Your session will involve a skin analysis, a double cleanse to prep your skin, the application of a customized chemical peel, a mask (peel dependent), and a massage.

How does a chemical peel help the skin?

Our skin naturally exfoliates, gently shedding dead skin cells so subtly that most of us don’t even notice. However, this process tends to slow as we age, resulting in a more dull-looking complexion. A chemical peel can help speed up that process for a fresh, glowing complexion. There are a number of potential reasons to choose a chemical peel:

  • Help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and address the effects of sun damage for a more youthful appearance.

  • Help reduce redness, dark spots, and other forms of discoloration to reveal a more even skin tone and complexion.

  • Help balance the skin’s oil production for a clearer, less irritated, and more even-looking complexion.

  • Help reduce wrinkles, resurface and smooth texture, and fade all forms of discoloration with an advanced formulation specifically for sensitive, hypersensitive, and compromised skin.

What about after?

Exposure to direct sunlight within the first two weeks after a chemical peel is strongly discouraged, and daily sunscreen is extremely important. You should expect light to moderate flaking and possible peeling within the first 2-7 days. Do not pick or pull on any loosening or peeling skin. This could potentially cause hyperpigmentation. As with all peels and treatments, makeup is recommended not to be applied on the day of treatment, as it is ideal to allow the skin to stabilize and rest overnight. Stay cool! Heating internally from hot showers, exercise, hair dryers, hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas can potentially cause hyperpigmentation. You will receive a detailed explanation of how to care for your skin post-peel at the time of your treatment.

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