Are you seeking a solution for discoloration, photo-aging, fine lines, wrinkles, or acne? Chemical peels are a very effective treatment to restore youthful skin and promote growth of new skin. At Pure Bliss Medical Spa, we are highly trained in chemical peels and offer a variety of options to target your skincare needs. We perform peels on all skin types and have multiple combinations of peels to safely treat and restore your skin.
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What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is an acid-based topical solution applied to your skin. It causes a controlled injury that breaks down the bonds of the skin and strips the layers back, causing a deep exfoliation and rejuvenating your look.
During the procedure, our medically-trained aesthetician will clean and prep your skin before performing a skin analysis to assess your needs. She’ll look at your skin type, and its resilience, and apply a layer of acetone or alcohol to enhance absorption. The chemical compound is then applied to your skin in layers, with pauses in between to assess your skin’s response and limit irritability. You may feel minor, temporary discomfort such as tingling, as the chemical peel is applied, but this will quickly reside. Depending on the chemical peel used, either self-neutralizing or a neutralizing solution may also be applied. Your aesthetician will end your treatment by applying sunblock and giving you home care instructions.
Over the next few days, you may or may not experience shedding of the skin. The skin may become tight, it may appear darker, and within 2-3 days it make start flaking or peeling. It’s really important not to prematurely peel the skin, because this can cause tears and may result in permanent scarring. Instead, leave the skin to shed naturally and slowly expose the refreshed and youthful new skin below.
Common Chemical Peel FAQs
How often should you get chemical peels?
First of all, chemical peels should only be performed by an experienced licensed professional. Depending on the strength and percentage of the chemical solution, we advise clients to receive a chemical peel every 4-6 weeks to address your initial concerns. Then, when it comes to maintaining your look, a follow-up every 3-4 months is ideal. For some lighter peels, or peels geared towards alleviating acne, we encourage clients to start a regimen of chemical peels every 2 weeks until we obtain clear skin.
What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?
The recovery time depends on the type of chemical peel used, the strength of the solution, and the resiliency of your skin. Most light peels will not have any downtime, while medium to strong peels may require up to a week of downtime. It is important to protect your skin with sunblock that has a high SPF in the weeks weeks following the chemical peel.
Who is a good candidate for chemical peels?
Most skin types and skin tones are excellent candidates for a chemical peel. Your aesthetician will pick the best option for you. Those looking to improve hyperpigmentation, skin texture, aging skin, and photo-damaged skin, will find chemical peels to be beneficial, no matter your skin tone.
What should I avoid prior to a chemical peel?
It is important to tell your clinician of any medications your are on, including accutane, and any prior skin care treatments. Avoid products with active ingredients such as acids, enzymes, and exfoliants for 3-4 days prior to your chemical peel, so the treatment can do its job properly.
What will my results be after a chemical peel?
The changes in your skin after a chemical peel is dependent on the type of chemical peel used and the resiliency of your skin. Superficial chemical peels will have more subtle results such as softer brighter skin but may take a series of treatments to correct pigmentation and skin texture. Medium depth peels are more aggressive and penetrate deeper than the superficial layer. These deeper peels will show more improvement in discoloration, scarring, fine lines etc. These deeper peels will have more downtime and may also require a series of treatments for optimal results.
Will you always peel after a chemical peel?
Some patients may not peel, but that doesn’t mean the chemical peel was ineffective. The solution is chemically exfoliating your skin to allow it to gently renew itself and appear brighter. If you receive regular skin care treatments and use exfoliating products you may see less peeling.
Chemical peels are generally safe for all skin types, but it’s important to talk to a professional the best results. Aestheticians and medical professionals are highly educated on the ingredients in chemical peels and how they will affect the skin. It’s also important for a professional to be able to recognize adverse reactions from. a chemical peel and neutralize when necessary.
If you’re ready to start your skincare journey, and are considering a chemical peel to rejuvenate your skin, trust us to deliver extraordinary results. At Pure Bliss Med Spa, we offer free consultations, so if you’re in the Sandy Springs or Atlanta area, call us today to schedule an appointment.