You may have tried an over-the-counter at-home treatment or had one at a spa, but the most effective peels are those performed by a medical professional such as a licensed aesthetician since they can customize their skincare protocol to meet the needs of their clients.
A peel consists of applying a chemical solution to the targeted area to superficially remove (peel) the rough, dry outer epidermal layers of skin. The type of chemical used will depend on your skin type and skin condition. These treatments can improve fine lines, pore size, sun-damaged skin, uneven skin coloring, and light acne scars. The number of treatments will be determined at the time of consultation to achieve the best results for your skin.
Glycolic acid peels are simply a chemical peel that features glycolic acid as the main component. Glycolic is derived from sugar cane and is a fruit acid. When applied to the skin, glycolic acts as an adhesive remover, releasing the older, rough, dryer skin off the surface revealing the fresh, new underlying skin. Glycolic acid comes in varying strengths; your aesthetician will choose the most effective for your skin concerns. A glycolic peel works well to target wrinkles and acne. The skin feels less oily and much clearer following this peel. For the best results, we recommend a series of six peels.
There is no real recovery time following this peel, but the skin may be a little red and swollen like a sunburn following the treatment, but it will subside in a few hours. Sunscreen is applied after completion and we recommend daily sunscreen use since the skin is now more sensitive. The skin may be more flaky and dry for a few days, but with a good moisturizer, it is not a problem.
A Jessner peel is a medium depth chemical peel, stronger than most superficial enzyme and chemical peels. This peel creates more temporary damage to the skin in the process. A Jessner’s Peel is a combination of salicylic acid, resorcinol, and lactic acid. They work together to exfoliate the outer layers of skin by breaking up the dead cells. This peel encourages natural peeling for several days after application. The depth of the peel dictate the length of peeling and recovery. Your skin may first appear to be pink but fades into brown. Your skin may feel tight and dry. It may feel a little more sensitive for the first few days that follow. Many clients are happy after one to two peels but it can be repeated every four weeks until desired results are achieved.
We do require a consultation with an aestheticians before these treatments since there are contra-indications that would not make someone an ideal candidate for this particular peel.
The Vi Peel is a gentle yet powerful medical-grade chemical peel for the treatment of acne and acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, age and sun spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, rosacea, enlarged pores, oil balancing, and overall skin health. This peel works to safely remove the damaged layers of the skin, promote cellular turnover, and refine the surface layer for a smoother, brighter, firmer skin that has a more youthful and radiant appearance.
It combines TCA, phenol, salicylic acid, and vitamin A and a medical-grade botanical blend. VI Peels are considered safe for all skin tones and ethnicities and is used on the face, décolletage, and hands. After the peel is applied in the office, it needs to remain on the skin for at least 4 hours after which time it can be washed off. A small aftercare packet is provided to take home and used to enhance your peeling process. You may experience some redness and mild swelling which does resolve within 24 hours. We recommend avoiding exercise or strenuous activities for at least 24-48 hours following your appointment. You will start to see peeling about two to three days after and could last up to a week. With all our services, we advise the use of sunscreen since the skin will be more sensitive. A series of three to four treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart will provide optimal results, but you will see improvement after one. The number of treatments is dependent on each individual’s skin type and level of correction needed.
An alternative to chemical peels would be enzyme peels. An enzyme peel is a more gentle solution. They can speed up natural chemical reactions in the skin that renew skin cells while exfoliating dead cells. These peels can be used to diminish scars, age spots, fine lines and cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture. There is no downtime since they do not damage any live tissue only exfoliating the dead cells.
This fruit enzyme treatment works as an exfoliation accelerator, a powerful anti-oxidant, and a mild retinoic acid substitute. Pumpkin has the highest concentration of vitamin A of any vegetable and is used as a natural repair therapy to help with certain types of skin damage.
Cranberry has some of the most potent levels of antioxidants of any of the fruit enzymes. It is a natural form of benzoyl peroxide. Cranberry helps with oily skin and helps to calm acne-prone skin.