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.
- 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