What They Are
A chemical peel is an exfoliating treatment that refreshes the skin, restores luminosity, and stimulates skin renewal. Chemical peels generally deliver more visible and corrective results than traditional facials. Chemical peels are a simple and cost effective form of skin resurfacing, delivering visible results with minimal or no downtime.
Chemical peels can be applied to enhance the appearance of the skin on your face, décolleté, hands, and neck. They are suitable options if you are bothered by one or more of the following skin concerns:
Dark, dull, and dry skin
Aging skin with fine lines and wrinkles
Hyperpigmentation or brown spots due to sun damage
Uneven skin tone and texture
Enlarged or clogged pores
Pimples and skin acne
Light acne scarring
How to Prepare
Avoid direct sun exposure for a minimum of 1 week before your chemical peel treatment. The sun’s ultraviolet light can make your skin vulnerable to side effects like darkening and scarring.
Take a break from using personal beauty or skincare products that have retinoids like tretinoin for 1 to 2 weeks before your peel date, unless otherwise advised by your healthcare expert.
If there is a lesion, infection, or open sores at the peel area, we may advise postponing the chemical peel to wait for it to clear up as to not exacerbate the condition. We may also recommend skin treatment options to address it.
How It Works
Chemical peels deliver gentle and controlled exfoliation of the superficial layers of the skin using one or more acids (i.e. glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid), or a combination of plant based enzymes. When these outer layers of dead and damaged skin are removed, fresh new skin cells emerge, and collagen synthesis occurs. The result is softer, smoother skin that is more radiant and evenly toned.
A clinical peel takes approximately 30 minutes. The treatment is highly customized based on your skin type, skin concerns, and personal treatment plan.
Once the appropriate peel has been selected, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned and prepped.
The exfoliating solution is lightly applied, after which you will feel a warm or tingling sensation for several minutes. If necessary, a fan will be used to cool the skin.
After a period of time, the peel solution will be neutralized (some peels are self-neutralizing) and post-treatment products may be applied.
Results You Can Expect
Results may vary per person but most of our clients share that they see amazing results after their skin has stopped peeling. They see that their once dark, coarse skin has transformed into a bright and flawless one that glows from within. These results last for a long time, but your medical professional may suggest doing a chemical peel twice or three times a year to maintain the benefits.
Aftercare and Recovery
Depending on the type and depth of your peel, you will experience redness and scaling of the skin, which usually occurs anywhere from 3 to 7 days. Your skin may be a bit sensitive during this period.
Follow the post-treatment instructions provided to you after your clinical peel.
Skip your usual beauty products. Do not use anything with prescription
tretinoins, AHAs, BHAs, vitamin C serums with ascorbic acid, low-pH serums, and retinoids.
Only use the approved products advised by your medical professional. These are usually gentle ones that will help soothe your skin.
Avoid direct sun exposure at all costs. Wear sunblock with high SPF for
Avoid strenuous exercise, hot tub, or sauna exposure for at least 48 hours
following application of your peel.
As with any skin treatment, chemical peels are relatively safe when done properly with
the guidance of a knowledgeable healthcare expert. Some known risks may include:
A permanent change in skin color
Reactivation of cold sores virus
Scarring, which is very rare
To prevent these complications, we highly recommend going for a consultation first and
doing chemical peel as an in-clinic treatment rather than as a DIY at home so we can
advise you accordingly.
Which Peel Should I Choose?
Our most popular chemical peels at Biomend Aesthetics and Wellness include:
VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel will help to improve the tone, texture, and clarity of your skin and provide anti- aging benefits. Tightens skin, smooths texture, and brightens tone. Specifically formulated to rejuvenate and help prevent future damage to the skin. A resurfacing peel for ageing skin, sun damage, melasma, or acne-prone skin.
OBAGI BLUE RADIENCE PEEL
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is the answer for people who have no time for peeling. It’s quick, easy and amazing. It contains Salicylic Acid, lactic and glycolic acids and it has extra calming agents like Willow Bark and Licorice Root, to help soothe your skin. Because of these extra additives to help soothe your skin the peel is ideal for people with sensitive skin. The Obagi Blue radiance Peel will improve your overall skin complexion, help hyperpigmentation, and heal photodamaged skin. After just one peel your skin will be brighter, tighter, and smoother.