Bring out your skin’s natural radiance with a gentle chemical peel to remove surface contaminants, dead skin cells, and impurities that dull your skin’s appearance.
A chemical peel can make your skin look refreshed and renewed, with increased firmness and smoothness, and well as enhanced luminance and glow.
A chemical peel is a gentle, minimally-invasive skin-resurfacing treatment that uses a chemical solution to gently lift off the outermost layers of the skin, revealing an underlying layer of fresh, new skin cells and vibrant, glowing skin.
Dermatologists recommend chemical peels to treat an array of skin conditions, from acne scars to a dull, lackluster complexion, and peels may be used on both men and women, and even in older teens, as young as 17 years old, if they suffer from acne. A chemical peel may effectively diminish visible surface imperfections such as acne scars and surface discoloration, as well as visible signs of aging on the face and other areas, such as the neck, decolletage, chest, and hands.
A chemical peel consists of a specialized chemical formula that is applied to the skin in the treatment area to dissolve its outermost layer or epidermis.
There are different types of peels, ranging in intensity and effectiveness. A gentler peel may produce only a very slight peeling effect, or no visible peeling at all, while a deeper peel will typically yield more comprehensive results, but may also require a slightly less comfortable peeling process, with more intense peeling over a longer period.
During a chemical peel, you may feel a mild irritation on the surface of the skin that may last several minutes, followed by a slight burning or stinging sensation. Applying cool compresses on the skin typically alleviates this mild discomfort. You may use over the counter pain medication if needed to alleviate discomfort during or following a deeper peel.
The chemical peel process is completely safe and is most suitable for individuals with conditions such as acne and acne scarring, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, textured skin, and visible signs of aging, such as surface lines and wrinkles on the skin. A chemical peel is essentially a chemical exfoliation process that penetrates the skin’s deeper layers to provoke the outermost layers of the skin to begin peeling and shedding.
By treating the outermost epidermis with specialized chemical solutions, such as natural acids, a chemical peel can trigger increased collagen production in skin cells, stimulating the production of healthy, glowing new skin. Once your chemical peel has completely peeled off, it will reveal a fresh, new layer of plump, hydrated skin cells that impart a healthy and radiant glow to your skin.
Over time, as your skin accumulates fewer dead skin cells on its surface thanks to regular chemical peels, you will notice that the skin peels less and less with each subsequent peel.
The results of a superficial chemical peel will be visible as soon as your skin heals from the peeling, typically within a couple of weeks.
Normally a light chemical peel such as a light glycolic acid peel may produce results lasting from 1 to 2 months. Treatments spaced from six to eight weeks apart work well to keep fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, acne scarring, and photo-damage under control.
Deeper peels may take longer to complete the peeling process and may also produce more lasting results. At Pryor Health Medspa & Wellness Center, our knowledgeable professional staff can advise you as to the best peel for you and the frequency of treatments that best suits your skin type.
You may feel some soreness and tingling on the surface of your skin following a chemical peel, which may be alleviated by applying cold compresses and a cooling gel or lotion. You must avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours following your treatment.
You may choose to stay indoors for the first several days while the peel heals, in order to avoid any type of sun exposure during this delicate time, and also because the skin on your face will probably be visibly peeling. Do not pick at, pull, or otherwise irritate the dry, peeling skin. Let the peel follow its own natural process.
Additionally, you will have to avoid other cosmetic treatments such as injectables, facials, laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, and treatments such as microdermabrasion or microneedling until the peeling process has thoroughly healed and all peeling has subsided.
If you want to see how a chemical peel can rejuvenate your appearance and reveal a fresh new layer of smooth, glowing skin, contact Pryor Health Medspa & Wellness Center, a comprehensive medical spa in Rockford, IL founded by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Landon Pryor, and serving the greater Chicago area and neighboring communities.