What is a Facial Peel and how does the Procedure work?
Our facial peels are formulas as Glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) and Salicylic acid (found in Aspirin), and are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin. The effect of this achieves results such as reduction of facial acne and impurities, brightening dull skin, or soothing sensitive skin from irritation.
To accomplish this task, the peel solution induces a controlled “partial-thickness injury” to the skin. A “partial-thickness injury” is a wound that penetrates only the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. The resulting wound healing process begins to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. For example, in the case of acne-clarifying Salicylic acid it aids in removing and loosening these skin cells and helps to dissolve blackheads. When the new skin replaces that which was removed, the skin will be healthier and more youthful in appearance.
Who is a good candidate for a Facial Peel?
Anyone who would like an increased youthful glow, to minimize breakouts and blackheads, brighten complexion, to reduce hyperpigmentation, to soften the look of fine lines, or who would like a smoother skin texture. These peels are ideal for those who want to heal more quickly and want less risk of scarring compared to other invasive treatments like laser skin resurfacing or microneedling.
How soon after the treatment will I see results and can I return to my regular activities?
There is very little downtime for some of our peels, which can be considered “lunchtime” treatments. Our deeper peels may involve more downtime, and you can expect to have peeling or flaking of the skin for 3-7 days. For a “lunchtime” peel you can resume regular activities the day after your peel. For our deeper peels, we recommend you wait 5-7 days before resuming all of your regular activiites.