Fact Sheet : Chemical Peels

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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In the age of attempting to hold unto our youth for dare life, it is not uncommon for us to seek different skin treatments that can enhance the skin, giving it a more healthy, youthful appearance.

Though there are some treatments that are very dramatic and may be best to avoid, there are some non-invasive skin treatments that do very well at aiding the restoration and rejuvenation of of the skin’s surface.

Chemical peels have become very popular, largely because of their ease and relative lack of complications, once properly done. 

A chemical peel can enhance your appearence significantly, and in a very short period of time, and most people are usually pleased with their results.

Not all chemical peels are created equal; different acids are used depending on the client’s skin type, and different intensities of peels are used depending on the client’s skin type, condition and desired effect.

Types of Chemical Peels

There are three different types of chemical peels

1. Superficial Peels 
This type of peel has the fastest recovery time, and can be done on many different skin types, including darker skins, which are prone to hyper-pigmentation or darkening. A series of these treatments are needed to obtain the desired effect over a period of time

2. Medium Peels
These peels contain stronger acids, require a longer recovery time, and are only recommended for people with fair skins

3. Deep peels
These peels produce the most dramatic results but are the most damaging to the skin. Downtime is the longest and anesthesia may be required during the process to reduce the hot stinging sensation.

Because of the possible scarring and darkening that can occur with darker skins, these peels are only recommended for people with fair skins.

For more information on the differences between types of chemical peels click here -> Exfoliating vs. Peeling


Chemical peels work well at treating:

- Blotchy and uneven pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Freckling
- Age spots
- Sun damaged skin
- Acne scars
- Blemishes

In some cases, deep peels can be used to treat wrinkles and precancerous cells.

Side Effects

Depending on the type of chemical peel that you undergo, side effects are rare and usually temporary and may include:
- Uneven pigmentation
- Redness
- Increased scarring. 

However if incorrectly applied or a proper client consultation was not done, the effects of chemical peels can be very damaging to the skin, in some cases, permanently so.

Pre Treatment 

Before a Chemical Peel you should avoid sun exposure in the weeks and days before treatment

Post Treatment

Following a chemical peel skin treatment it is recommended that you avoid direct exposure to the sun for at least 48 hours, up to a week if possible. Also it is recommended that you follow a skin care regimen that includes the daily and regular use of sunscreen. This is critical to maintaining the results of a chemical peel, and to prevent hyper-pigmentation of newly exfoliated skin. Also it is recommended that you

- Hydrate yourself well (water) and
- Moisturize skin adequately  as the skin can feel drier than usual
- Avoid swimming pools for at least 24 hours, the chlorine can be harsh on freshly exposed skin
- Avoid wearing makeup for at least 24 hours, to allow the skin to heal so as to prevent any possible irritation


Though superficial chemical peels may work for most people, there are several conditions under which chemical peels should not be performed. These include any clients who have:

- Excessive sun exposure
- Active herpes simplex
- Warts
- A history of keloidal scarring
- Any type of recent facial surgery procedures
- Auto Immune Diseases
- Had any recent radioactive or chemotherapy treatments
- Sunburn, broken or winburned skin
- Recently waxed or used depilatories or any sort of hair removal creams.
- Used Accutane, or similar skin thinning medications, within the past year.

As well as those clients who are pregnant or lactating

Do set up a consultation with your Skin Therapist if you feel you may benefit from a Chemical Peel treatment, to see if there is an option that may be right for you.



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