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Chemical Peel FAQ

 

What Is A Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a skin treatment which is used to improve and smooth out the surface of the facial skin. A chemical solution is used to remove top layers of skin which allows the dead surface skin to peel off. The peeling process leads to new skin growth which is usually smoother, healthier and less wrinkled compared to the old skin. Chemical peels should be performed by aesthetic professionals such as aesthetic doctors, nurses , beauty therapists and medical aestheticians.

Which Peel is Right For Me?

There are three different types of SkinCeuticals Peels at Laser Spa Group:
* MicroPeel (AHA – Glycolic Acid 20% - pH 1.6 or 30% pH 1.4
* MicroPeel Plus (BHA – Salicylic Acid 20% no pH or 30% no pH + Glycolic Acid 3%)
* The Pigment Balancing Peel (Glycolic Acid 40% + Citric Acid 10% + 27% pure Vitamin C + 4% Emblica pH 1.6).
They are categorized by the strength of the acid solution used in the peel and how deeply they penetrate the skin and what condition we are treating for what you may be best suited for. We will discuss this in our consultation with you.

A SkinCeutical Chemical Peel can:

  • Improve skin texture and radiance
  • Help maintain firm skin
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Even-out skin tone
  • Help acne-prone skin
  • Revitalize sensitive skin while decongesting pores

Clinical Peel Procedures

 

The Skinceuticals MicroPeel

The SkinCeuticals MicroPeel 20 or 30 is a three-step clinical procedure combining exfoliation, chemical peel solution using20% or 30% glycolic acid, and a Vitamin C firming masque, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, laxity, dullness, and skin imperfections.

For optimal results, 2 series of 4-6 procedures per year are recommended.

Per Treatment $150
Series of 6 $750

 

What does the Micropeel accomplish?

• Improves the appearance of epidermal lines
• Evens the appearance of epidermal pigmentation
• May eliminate the feeling of dry skin
• Refines the appearance of pores sizes
• Makes skin appear smoother and feel softer
• Reduces the appearance of dull skin

What is the time frame for a corrective program?

• Patients should return every 2 weeks for a Micropeel during the corrective stage of their program.
• Sensitive skin patients should return every 3-4 weeks, and darker skin patients should return every 4 weeks.
• 4-6 clinical procedures are required to obtain desired and realistic results.
• Once desired results are achieved, clinical maintenance is recommended every 1-2 months with acid-free clinical procedures or treatments.
• To obtain optimal results, a patient must be on an integrated skincare program that   includes a customized homecare program, clinical procedures, and professional treatments.

The SkinCeuticals Micropeel Plus

The Micropeel Plus is a unique one-step treatment of chemical exfoliation designed to reduce acne and help correct environmental skin damage. Micropeel plus 30 and 20 are formulated with a combination of salicylic acid to refine pores and help reduce the appearance of acne, dissolves the oily skin coating and removes excess skin cells and skin debris.  Glycolic acid aids in improvement of rough texture, blotchiness, and uneven skin tone.

Per Treatment $150
Series of 6 $750

 

What acids are in the Micropeel Plus?

Micropeel plus 30 Solution – 30% salicylic acid and 3% glycolic acid in an anhydrous delivery system help reduce acne and correct environmental damage.

OR

Micropeel plus 20 Solution – 20% salicylic acid and 3% glycolic acid in an anhydrous delivery system help reduce acne and correct environmental damage.

What does the Micropeel Plus accomplish?

• Helps to control breakout
• Reduces sebum production
• Decreases comedones and refines the appearance of pores sizes
• Improve skin texture
• May cause initial increase acne breakout while skin purges.

Can the Micropeel Plus be performed on skin of color?

Yes. However, SkinCeuticals recommends using the Micro Peel Plus on darker skin patient no more frequently than once a month. If performed at too close intervals (more than once a month), temporary hyperpigmentation may develop.

What is the time frame for a corrective program?

• Patients should return every 2 weeks for a Micropeel Plus during the corrective stage of their program.
• Sensitive skin patients should return every 3-4 weeks, and darker skin patients should return every 4 weeks.
• 4-6 clinical procedures are required to obtain desired and realistic results.
• A maximum of 2 series of 6 Micropeel Plus are recommended within a one-year period with a three-month break between each series.
• To obtain optimal results, a patient must be on an integrated skincare program that includes a customized homecare program, clinical   procedures, and professional treatments. Micropeel Plus solution can also be used to spot blemishes as needed.

The Skinceuticals Pigment Balancing Masque

The Skinceuticals Pigment balancing masque contains a mixture of a pigment balancing solution containing 40% Glycolic acid and, 27% Vitamin C masque, when mixed up this solution become a peel which is specifically designed to brighten pigmented skin. This treatment is effective for skin with a mottled appearance or uneven skin tone. This is a stronger superficial peel with a combination of skin brightening, anti-inflammatory and peeling agents to stimulate new skin cell growth and reveal healthy skin below. Contains a high potency Vitamin C and Embilac to lighten and suppress excess pigment production. (Masque does not contain hydroquinone (HQ) but has similar effectiveness to prescription strength 4% HQ). For best results use in conjunction with Pigment Regulator.

Per Treatment $150
Series of 6 $750

 

What does the Pigment Balancing Masque accomplish?

  •  Fades dark spots
  • Improves skin tone
  • Increases skins radiance
  • Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improvement of laxity

Can the Pigment Balancing Masque be performed on skin of color?

Yes. However, SkinCeuticals recommends using the Pigment Balancing Masque on darker skin patient no more frequently than once a month.

What is the time frame for a corrective program?

• Patients should return every 2 weeks for a Pigment Balancing Masque Treatment during the corrective stage of their program.
• Sensitive skin patients should return every 3-4 weeks, and darker skin patients should return every 4 weeks.
• 4-6 clinical procedures are required to obtain desired and realistic results.
• A maximum of 2 series of 6 Pigment Balancing Masque Treatments are recommended within a one-year period with a three-month break between each series.
• To obtain optimal results, a patient must be on an integrated skincare program that includes a customized homecare program, clinical   procedures, and professional treatments.

How Do Skinceuticals Peels Work?

The peel speeds up your natural skin’s healing process by stimulating the production of collagen and improving elastin fibres which give skin its youthful form and shape. It also revitalizes sensitive skin and helps improve the appearance of irritated or inflamed skin.
In-office epidermal peels are a non-invasive way to immediately resurface and improve the health of skin with no downtime.

What Skin Conditions are Skinceuticals Peels used for:

Anyone who wants to combat the look of aging, hyperpigmentation, or skin imperfections:

  • Acne– Superficial chemical peels exfoliate the skin, allowing dead skin cells to be removed more effectively, excess oils on the skin are also removed. This action unblocks hair follicles and pores and reducing the appearance of pimples and improving skin texture that is damaged by acne.
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles- especially under the eyes and around the mouth in sun damaged or ageing skin.
  • Rough skin Texture- chemical peels can improve rough skin texture by increasing the amount of collagen in the upper layer of the skin.
  • Lentigines (large freckles) which appear as dark spots on the skin, they are also called liver spots, or age spots- Large freckles can develop as a result of sun exposure and are present on sites which are exposed to excess sun such as face and arms and neck. A course of chemical peels can lighten large freckles and improve the appearance of sun damaged skin.
  • Melasma- is a dark skin discoloration which appears as patches commonly found on the cheeks, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead. It is common in women who are taking hormonal treatment in the form of contraceptives or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and pregnant women. A course of chemical peels can lighten the appearance of dark discoloured skin caused by melasma.
  • Hyperpigmentation- caused by excess skin pigment in the skin which can result in uneven skin tone. Chemical peels can lighten and even out the tone and appearance of the skin. The skinceuticals pigment balancing masque and peel maybe more effective for hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.

Chemical Peels Cannot be Used for

  • Superficial peels cannot eradicate deep lines and wrinkles, cure sagging skin due to sun damage or ageing
  • Chemical peels should not be used in pregnant or breast feeding women
  • If you have active cold sores or warts on the face
  • If you have any inflamed rashes, skin reactions or open wounds on the skin
  • Sunburn, need to wait 4 weeks after excessive sun exposure before having a peel
  • If you have excessively sensitive skin, including atopic eczema or dermatitis, inflammatory rosacea in the area to be treated
  • If you have a history of severe allergy or known allergy to the components of the peel including allergy to aspirin
  • If you have taken Roaccutane (a medical treatment for severe acne), within the past 12 months
  • If you have been treated with radiotherapy or chemotherapy in the past 12 months
  • If you have a history of keloid scarring

How Many Peels Do I Need?

Whilst you may see some very minor benefits after a single superficial peel. We recommend a course of six peels, one or two weeks apart (depending on your skin type and skin conditions). This will give the best results, as superficial peels are gentler the full benefits of the peels build up over a course of six treatments. After a course of six peels you can have a once monthly maintenance peel or wait for three months before embarking on another course of peels.

Six Weeks Prior to Peel:

Stop any products containing retinol eg. Retin-A, Renova, Differin (Adapalene 0.1%) Tazorac

Two Weeks Before Peel:

We advise you to book a pre peel consultation two weeks before your peel where an aesthetic professional will assess your skin and discuss your expectations of the treatment. They will explain the treatment. A patch test will be performed. A patch test is to check that you are not allergic to the peel. A small amount of the skinceuticals peel will be applied to your arm to check for any reactions. Allergy to peels is quite rare.

You will be advised to prepare the skin with three products for two weeks before the peel and to continue during and after the peel course. The three products are Retexturing Activator or Pigment Regulator, an antioxidant and a sunscreen. These products will improve the results of the peel and are especially important for those going on a course of peels.

  • Retexturing Activator is a revolutionary resurfacing and replenishing serum, which exfoliates and hydrates. It activates the skin’s regeneration response, visibly diminishing surface lines and transforming skin’s fabric into a smoother, softer texture. Retexturing activator can be continued during and after your course of peels to further enhance the effect of your peel.
  • Pigment Regulator is used instead of Retexturing Activator if you are having a chemical peel for excess pigmentation. Pigment Regulator lightens and reduces existing skin pigment, improves overall skin tone, and protects skin from future discolorations. The formulation combines precise concentrations of kojic acid and emblica to improve uneven skin tone. Pigment Regulator inhibits the production of excess melanin, prevents excess melanin from travelling to the skin’s surface, and breaks up melanin clusters on the skin’s surface to diminish existing discoloration.
  • Antioxidant serums such as CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF or Serum 10 provide advanced skin protection by neutralising environmental and sun skin damage. They help build collagen, and provide unmatched antioxidant protection.
  • Sunscreens are essential and should be used in combination with an antioxidant to protect the skin from the ageing effects of ultraviolet sun damage. It is very important to use a sunscreen, a minimum of SPF 30, and to avoid sun exposure following a peel, and during the treatment period for up to four weeks. As the delicate post peel skin can be more easily sun damaged and this can lead to excessive skin pigmentation.

One Week Before Peel:

Avoid electrolysis, waxing, hair removal creams and laser hair removal for an entire week prior to your chemical peel.

24 Hours Before Your Peel:

Stop using any exfoliating products or products that may be drying or irritating including products containing alpha or beta hydroxyl acids or benzoyl peroxide (a treatment for acne). You will also be advised that on the day of your peel to cleanse your skin in the morning and not to apply makeup on the face other than eyes or lips.

The Peel Procedure

During the peel your skin will be cleansed and toned and the chemical peel will be applied to your skin using a gentle brush, swab or gauze and the peel will be left on the skin for between two and five minutes, during which time some patients may experience a mild tingling or a mild burning sensation. The procedure is not painful. After the peel a cool compresses may be applied to the skin. Your skin will be moisturized and an antioxidant and a sun screen will be applied to the skin.

Chemical Peel Aftercare

After your peel you may notice that the skin is more red than usual for two hours afterwards, you may also notice that the skin feels tight or dry and or you may experience some very mild flaky skin for a few days. Rarely you may experience crusting of the skin, swelling or a reactivation of cold sores. It is very important to use a sunscreen during the course of your treatment and for four weeks after to prevent uneven skin tone and excess pigmentation. Do not use any other skin products except those advised by your therapist.

  • 1. Do not pick any spots or peel off any flaky skin
  • 2. Do not use Alpha Hydroxy Acids or BetaHydroxy Acids on your skin for 24 hours
  • 3. It is imperative that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid direct sunlight for at least one month
  • 4. Patients with hypersensitivity to the sun should take extra precautions to guard against exposure immediately following the procedure, as they may be more sensitive following the peel.
  • 5. Please avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours.
  • 6. When washing your face do not scrub, use a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin.
  • 7. Apply a light moisturiser such as hydrating B5 as often as needed to relieve dryness and tightness
  • 8. Do not have any other facial treatment for at least one week after the peel

If you feel that you are having any problem, please call us, so that we may assist you.

We recommend the Following Skincare Regime to Continue Before a Chemical Peel started at least 2 weeks prior:

It is very important to use a sunscreen and antioxidant to protect the skin following a peel. We also recommend using either Retexturing Activator or Pigment Regulator to enhance the effectiveness of the peel as per the following skin care regime.

Morning Regime

1. Cleanser: Such as Gentle Cleanser.
2. *Anitioxidant: Prevention: , such as CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF or Serum 10.
3. Moisturiser: Such as Hydrating B5.
4. *Corrective Gel: Retexturing Activator or Pigment Regulator
5. **Sunscreen: Minimum SPF 30

Evening Regime

1. Cleanser: Such as Gentle Cleanser.
2. *Corrective Gel: Retexturing Activator or Pigment Regulator
3. Moisturiser: Such as Hydrating B5.

*Recommended
**Essential

Suggested Home Care Regimens in between treatments and post-treatment:

  • Recovery Kit

OR

- Gentle Cleanser
- Phyto Corrective Gel
- Epidermal Repair
- UV Defense SPF 30 / Sheer Physical SPF 50

48 Hours after treatment:

  • CE Ferulic / Phloretin CF
  • Retexturing Activator
  • Pigment Regulator

2 weeks after final treatment:

  • Retinol 0.5 or 1.0

*the Recovery Kit suggests using the Gentle Cleanser, Phyto Corrective Gel and UV Defense SPF 30 in the morning. At night, Gentle Cleanser, Phyto Corrective Gel and Epidermal Repair is recommended in order to optimize the healing process.

All SkinCeuticals products are available at both Laser Spa Group locations.

Book Your Next Peel

To get the best results from your peel and the most effective results we recommend a course of six peels one or two weeks apart. After a course of six peels you can have a once monthly maintenance peel or wait for three months before embarking on another course of peels. Please book in your next peel by calling 905-393-SKIN (7546).

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