What Is A
The phrase “chemical peel” sounds somewhat intimidating, but this form of skin resurfacing treatment has been used safely for millennia. Researchers believe that the practice of using acidic compounds to improve the condition of the skin dates to ancient Egypt. Egyptian women, including Cleopatra, used fermented grapes and sour milk for bathing after noticing these substances made their skin softer, smoother, and more radiant. This effect occurred as hydroxy acids present sped up cell turnover and encouraged the production of collagen and elastin. Today’s chemical peels, while much more powerful, adhere to the same basic principle.
Benefits of a Chemical Peel?
Your customized treatment is used to create all the following positive changes in skin condition:
- Better overall skin tone and texture, including a reduction in age spots and rough patches
- Fewer acne lesions and a reduction in the severity of acne scars
- Fewer lines and wrinkles
- A brighter, more radiant complexion
- Firmer, younger-looking skin
- Reduces the appearance of scars related to chickenpox or minor injuries
- Minimizes patches of darkened skin (melasma) related to pregnancy or other factors
What Do Chemical Peels Do?
During a treatment, an acidic solution (such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or phenol) is applied to the skin. Patients elect to have their procedure performed on the face, but treatment can be administered to other areas of the body as well, such as the hands. The acidic solution causes the uppermost layer of the skin to harmlessly come away (think of the way your skin peels off after a sunburn) revealing a fresh layer of skin beneath.
This process helps to improve the condition of the skin in multiple ways. First, forcing the epidermis to peel away removes damaged skin cells. The sun-damaged cells that form age spots, for example, are removed, creating an even skin tone. Chemical peels also unclog the pores and allow the skin to breathe, speeding up the rate of cell turnover and increasing the brightness of the skin.
Finally, by creating a superficial wound in the epidermis, treatment activates the body’s healing response, sending a surge of collagen to the treated areas. Collagen, which we gradually lose starting around age 30, is responsible for keeping the skin supple, strong, and hydrated. As such, increasing collagen production makes the skin tighter, smoother, and firmer. Existing fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, and the skin becomes more resistant to wrinkle formation.
Chemical peels remain a popular way of rejuvenating the skin, as they are efficient and versatile cosmetic procedures. Solutions are available in several different strengths, allowing patients to choose the treatment protocol that best meets their needs. Strong solutions can be used to produce profound results relatively quickly, but they come with noticeable side effects (such as blistering, soreness, and lingering redness). Gentle solutions are used to create results more subtly and gradually. These gentle procedures have a low risk of side effects, but patients will usually require multiple treatment sessions to achieve optimal results.
It’s common for patients to experience some degree of redness and irritation after this procedure, which then gives way to peeling. Deep treatment may produce some degree of blistering. After a deep peel, you’ll be given instructions on how to care for your skin and reduce discomfort.
Zo Skin Health Blue Peel
ZO Skin Health’s innovative Blue Peel, also known as a “controlled depth peel,” has brought increased precision and skin tightening benefits to this skincare staple.
Designed to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin, Vivier Peels are medical grade peels tailored to gently and effectively reduce the appearance of chronic sun exposure, blemishes, uneven skin tone, acne and enlarged pores.
Chemical Face Peel Recovery
As treatment is nonsurgical, you won’t have to rest or spend any time recuperating after having a chemical peel. Most patients can return to work within two to seven days. However, if you have a deep resurfacing treatment, you may need to stay home for about two weeks while your skin heals.
Regardless of your chosen procedure, you will need to protect your skin from the sun for at least a week. Your skin will be much more vulnerable to sun damage during this time—and the last thing you want is to jeopardize the results of your procedure by damaging your skin. Wear sunscreen with a high SPF value while you’re healing. You should also wear a broad-brimmed hat and limit your time outside as much as possible.
Chemical Peel Treatment Overview
Objective: Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that can be applied to the face, hands, and neck. They’re used to improve the texture and appearance of the skin.
Procedure duration: 15-30 min
Pain level: 1/10
Recovery time: 3 -5 days of red and tight skin
A Chemical Peel Treatment is Offered At These GraceMed Clinics:
- Book a chemical peel in Burlington
- Book a chemical peel in Briarwood Oakville
- Book a chemical peel in Kerr Village Oakville
- Book a chemical peel in Kitchener
- Book a chemical peel in Mississauga
- Book a chemical peel in Toronto
Chemical Peel Treatment Review
Generally, most people who have this procedure are extremely happy – A Chemical Peel has a 91% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf.
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Locations where this procedure is offered
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C2
Closest intersection: Burnhamthorpe & Hurontario
Burlington, ON, L7R 2K8
Closest intersection: John St & Maria St
ON N2H 6S1, Canada
Closest intersection: Fredrick & Edna
Kerr Village Oakville
Oakville, ON, L6K 2Z8
Closest intersection: Brant & Rebecca
Oakville, ON L6J 3J5
Closest intersection: Inglehart & Cornwall
Commonly Asked Questions
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels resurface the skin by using a chemical exfoliant. The process works by creating a controlled wound by removing superficial layers of the skin. This helps promote the growth of new healthier skin cells.
What do Chemical Peel do to your skin?
Chemical peels improve brown spots or hyperpigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles, uneven tone and texture, acne, and other skin issues and imperfections.
What should I expect during a Chemical Peel?
Treatments can vary based on the type of peel that is performed. When the peel solution is applied to the face, the sensation of stinging or tingling may occur but is temporary (3-5 minutes) until the peel self neutralizes.
How long do the results of a Chemical Peel last?
Results vary based on the individual and other environmental factors. With proper sun protection and a good skincare protocol, results can last months, even years.
How many Chemical Peel will I need?
GraceMed recommends a series of 3-6 treatments. Based on your visia analysis and your goals, your provider will choose the best protocol for your skin and needs.