Chemical peels are a chemical solution applied to facial skin that causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually flake off, while also simultaneously promoting the production of new skin growth. There are different types of chemical peels that can remedy a variety of skin care concerns. At Premier Medical Aesthetics, we offer the following chemical peels:
Illuminize Peel is made from the makers of Kybella, Juvederm, and Botox, and works to resurface your skin by reducing the occurrence of fine lines, melasma, sun damage, and aging. Illumize earns its name from its ability to brighten your complexion such that it achieves a glowing effect. After a single peel, your skin will have a rejuvenated and brighter appearance. Illuminize Peel contains specific ingredients to increase cellular turnover and offer their own unique benefits:
- Salicylic acid: exfoliates and reduces inflammation
- Mandelic acid: exfoliates and penetrates pores
- Resorcinol: lightens skin and enables the penetration of salicylic acid
- Malic acid: sheds dead cells and produces new collagen
- Phytic acid: antioxidant properties
- Panthenol: moisturizing
- Quillaja bark extract: provides foaming action
Perfect Peel, also known as the Perfect Derma Peel, is a medical-grade, medium-depth chemical peel manufactured by Bella Medical Products. Medium-depth peels offer more dramatic results than light peels and generally contain TCA (trichloroacetic acid) or other acidic elements. However, it is easy to administer and can be performed as a “lunchtime procedure”. Perfect Peel works to shed dull, damaged skin as well as to stimulate the production of new collagen. It contains Trichloroacetic acid, Retinoic Acid (vitamin A), Salicylic and Kojic acids, Phenol, and Vitamin C. All acids used in Perfect Peel are under 12% concentration.
Perfect Peel also contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that can lighten the skin and give a glowing appearance. Many people are deficient in glutathione due to premature aging, infections, stress, artificial stress, and antibiotic overuse. Glutathione has many skin benefits including protecting it against oxidative damage.
Rejuvenize Peel is a three step chemical peel manufactured by SkinMedica (Allergan) that minimizes the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and rough skin texture. The first step is to apply a prepping solution composed of isopropyl alcohol, water, and acetone. This prepping solution dries out and cleanses the skin so that the peeling ingredients can better penetrate evenly. The second step is the application of the peeling solution which is composed of denatured alcohol, water, salicylic acid, mandelic acid, resorcinol, malic acid, phytic acid, panthenol and quillaja Saponaria bark extract. The third and final step is to apply a retinol solution composed of Vitamin A.
Did You Know?
You can improve the results of your chemical peel by taking proper precautions to protect your skin from sun exposure. Additionally, integrating healthy practices in your lifestyle can keep your skin bright and healthy for longer. These include drinking plenty of water daily, sleeping at least eight hours a night, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding the use of tobacco products.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for a chemical peel?
You may be a candidate for a chemical peel if you have skin concerns that you would like to address with a minimally-invasive treatment. If this is your first chemical peel, then you may be an ideal candidate for an Illuminize Peel because it offers a lightweight and superficial peel for mild skin problems with nearly no downtime. Additionally, Illuminize Peels are ideal for treating skin tone and texture issues such as pigmentation issues, fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, and acne.
If you are looking for a medium-depth peel that improves your skin’s clarity, tone, and texture, then you may be an ideal candidate for Perfect Peel. Perfect Peel reduces skin pigmentation, softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and fades sun damage and acne scars. Additionally, Perfect Peel can make your skin more resilient and can even help to thicken the dermis.
If you have severe skin damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, rough skin texture, acne scarring, or pigmentation issues that you would like to address, then you may be an ideal candidate for a Rejuvenize Peel. However, if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, then Rejuvenize may not be the right option for you.
What can I expect when having a chemical peel?
Before your skin peel, our skincare professionals will prep your face with an isopropyl alcohol and acetone solution that will remove any makeup, dirt, or oil. Then, the chemical peel will be applied to your skin. The entire treatment will take about 45 minutes, however only 20 minutes of that time is the actual peeling procedure. Depending on the type of peel, you may experience varying degrees of tingling or mild burning sensations.
After your chemical peel, your results will most likely last for many months. However, you will need to take diligent care of your skin to maximize the benefits from the peel and should avoid detrimental behaviors like spending hours in the sun. For the first week following your peel, we recommend minimizing your sun exposure since are more prone to sunburn. Also, you will want to wear an SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum sunscreen to ensure your skin’s health.
Certain peels can be repeated to maintain the results. Since Illuminize Peel is a superficial peel, it can be repeated every two weeks, although this is usually unnecessary. Perfect Peel is a medium-depth peel and requires about a month between retreatments to ensure the skin has had a chance to heal.
Are chemical peels safe?
Yes, chemical peels are safe because they simply help the skin heal itself. However, as with any medical procedure, there are possible side effects. With any chemical peel, skin peeling following the procedure is normal and to be expected. Skin peeling can occur as thick, large flakes or as a crusty, white film. While your skin is peeling, do not forcefully remove skin pieces because you risk damaging the newly formed skin.
Possible side effects of chemical peels are generally minor and can include: redness, darkening, slight swelling, irritation during the procedure, itchiness, and soreness. If your chemical peel contains acidic ingredients, you may also experience slight burning or stinging.