What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel for the face is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove damaged skin cells, treat wrinkles, and correct scars and sunspot discolorations.
Chemical peels contain different types of acids that have varying depths of skin penetration. There are many options depending on your needs and how sensitive your skin is.
What do you need to do to prepare for a chemical peel?
The first step is to schedule a pre-procedure consultation to discuss your reasons for wanting a chemical peel and the expectations of treatment. Your health history and medications will be reviewed to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
Before you Schedule
During the 2-4 weeks before your scheduled chemical peel, there are a set of preparation activities performed to optimize the efficacy of treatment, called "priming." UV exposure should be limited, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50+ should be applied every morning. Certain creams containing tretinoin, hydroquinone, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid may be prescribed. This must be stopped 7-10 days prior to your appointment.
Lastly, waxing and dermabrasion of the face should be avoided. The goal of these activities and recommendations is to thin the top layer of the skin, enhance penetration of the chemical peel, accelerate healing, and reduce the risk of complications such as hyperpigmentation and scarring.
The day prior to your procedure, the face should be washed with a gentle cleanser. Moisturizers and make-up should be avoided.
How long do results last?
The answer depends on the depth of peel that you do, as this determines the intensity of the results and their longevity.
We offer trichloroacetic (TCA) acid peels that will last 4-6 months!
Why Our Chemical Peels Make a Difference...
Face Reality peels are strong enough to have the exfoliation, antibacterial & skin lightening properties needed for acne, but gentle enough so the client can continue using their home care the next day. They are self-neutralizing peels that do not need to be washed off and this makes them less irritating.
Are Face Reality peels just for acne?
Absolutely not. This blend of acids & ingredients is also amazing for anti-aging and for pigmentation.