Chemical Peels
Chemical peels

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels
Benefits
  • 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

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a treatment that uses naturally occurring acids such as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or salicylic acid combined with other skin-care ingredients to slough off the uppermost layer of skin.

What Chemical Peels Do

Epidermal peels are an easy, non-invasive way to immediately resurface and improve the health of skin without any  downtime. Chemical peels can correct your complexion by improving skin tone, texture and radiance.

Some or all of the following improvements may be seen, depending on the type of peel (i.e. glycolic peel or salicylic acid peel):

  • Fading of brown spots
  • Refining pores
  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines
  • Improving acne
  • Lessening dark under-eye circles
  • Smoother, clearer complexion
  • Brighter, lighter skin

Types of Chemical Peels

There are many different types of chemical peels available on the market today. At our clinic in Vancouver, chemical peels are used based on their purpose and strength. For example, our AHA-based peel consists of different strengths of glycolic acid, and targets photo-aging and fine lines on sun damaged or prematurely aged skin. AHA’s primary feature is epidermal exfoliation, so it evens skin tone and brightens dull, dry skin while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

Other types of peels, such as our salicylic acid peel, targets other skin conditions such as acne-prone skin and brown spots or hyperpigmentation. All of our chemical peels are dermatologist approved.

What to Expect

Despite the name, when properly and safely executed a chemical peel is very tolerable and requires no pre-medication. Some may experience mild dryness, redness or peeling after treatment, which is to be expected after exfoliating the surface of the skin. Enhanced results are seen from one to 10 days post-treatment, depending on the type and strength of your peel.

A series of four to six treatments at two-week intervals is recommended to observe optimal results.

Please note: Bookings for chemical peels are accepted at our clinic only if this procedure is prescribed by one of our dermatologists as part of a treatment plan.

Benefits
  • 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
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of having a peel?

As the skin ages, the accumulation of dead skin cells as well as the skin’s exfoliation process slows down. Peeling the skin stimulates new cell growth, giving the skin a fresher and more youthful appearance.

Are peels uncomfortable?

Depending on your skin and the number of prior treatments that may ‘condition’ the skin, there could be some mild tingling or heat generated for a short time. These sensations are temporary and most patients return to work or go out socially immediately after a peel, as the skin is refreshed and glowing.

Will I break out?

If the skin is congested and has a build-up of black heads and white heads, then some ‘purging’ may occur. The skin becomes clearer and more matte after a series of treatments and the treatments may be especially beneficial for oily or acne skin types.

How long will I be shedding for?

Depending on your skin type, you may not see any visible skin cells, while others will see or feel the dry skin coming off. Either way, the skin always looks more refined, brighter and renewed.

Are there any things or products that I should avoid prior to a having a chemical peel?

You should avoid sun tanning and facial waxing seven days prior to having a chemical peel. You will also need to stop using all products containing glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid or AHA) and retinols two weeks prior to your chemical peel.

Can I have a chemical peel if I am on Accutane®?

No, you must wait at least six months after taking Accutane before you can have a chemical peel treatment.

Is there any type of special after-care that I should use when having chemical peels?

Sun protection must be used to prevent hyperpigmentation.

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