Are you envious of the fresh, glowing skin displayed by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston? One of the many skincare secrets of the silver screen involves chemical peels. Sun exposure and clogged pores can result in uneven skin tone, fine lines and discoloration. If you feel like your skin has lost some of its vitality, a chemical peel could work wonders for you!

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels, also referred to as derm peeling or chemexfoliation, are a minimally invasive skin procedure. When you receive a chemical peel, the technician applies a chemical solution to your skin that dissolves the upper layers of the skin. Our medspa customizes the type of peel to suit your skin’s needs and your individual goals. The strength of your peel depends upon the type of peel that you receive. Some peels are left on the skin for a few minutes, and other peels are self-neutralizing and are left on the skin for longer periods of time.

Will This Hurt?

peel-134The term chemical peel is daunting, but you’re not actually getting your skin peeled off, so you can rest easy. The majority of peel patients report feeling a mild stinging sensation the first few minutes that the solution is applied to the skin, but then it goes away.

Different Levels of Peels

Superficial peels are the mildest peels available, and they are great for sun-damaged or acne-damaged skin. Using alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids, these gentle peels will give you glowing skin.

If you want to treat skin discoloration or mild wrinkles, then a medium-strength peel would be more effective for your skin.

Deep peels are the most uncomfortable peels, but they yield the most dramatic benefits of all the peels. For more severe discoloration and wrinkles, a deep skin peel would be the most effective. However, this peel will be more uncomfortable and require a longer recovery time.

Recovery Time

Depending upon the strength of your peel, you recovery time will vary. Immediately after your peel, your skin may appear red and feel tighter than usual. The skin will peel for about three to five days, which you can address with a moisturizer. We emphasize the importance of using a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen following a treatment. Avoid any activity in which you will sweat for two to three days after a peel, and avoid sun exposure.

The Benefits of a Peel

For people with acne and scarring, peels are great for minimizing breakouts and reducing the appearance of acne scars. Chemical peels help reduce the appearance of fine lines without shelling out hundreds of dollars on skincare products. Peels are great for sun-damaged skin because they help the skin heal itself. By dissolving the top layer of the skin, the peels stimulate the skin to heal itself. Peels also transform rough, dry skin into a much softer texture through their exfoliation process. The exfoliation process of a chemical peel also helps stimulate collagen growth, which is gives skin a youthful glow.