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Chemical Peels to Refresh Your Facial Skin

What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel uses exfoliating solutions such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or Phenol to remove damaged or aged layers of skin to reveal the softer, more youthful skin underneath. There are three types of chemical peels:

  Superficial peels - This is the mildest chemical peel that is safe for use on all skin types. Typically, superficial chemical peels use mild solutions such as glycolic acid or dry ice.
  Medium peels - Harsher than superficial peels. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is the common peeling agent used in medium peels. Our OBAGI Blue Peel is in this category.
  Deep peels - The harshest chemical peel that penetrates through several layers of skin. Phenol is typically used for a deep peel. Deep peels may bleach the skin and should not be used on dark-skinned patients.

How should I prep my skin before the chemical peel?
Several weeks before your chemical peel procedure, you will need to prep your skin by cleansing it two times a day, applying a moisturizer once or twice daily, and applying sunscreen everyday. Prepping the skin before the procedure will help your skin peel more evenly, reduce the risk of infection and other complications such as uneven skin color, and
help the healing process after the peel.

How is a chemical peel performed?
Most chemical peel procedures begin with prepping the skin either with medical skin care treatments lines like OBAGI (coupled with Retin-A) or with microdermabrasion. Our medically trained aesthetician will scrub your skin and use a mild toner to remove any oils before gently applying layers of an acidic solution to peel away the aged surface of the skin.
Depending on the procedure, the solution is left on your face for a certain period of time before the product is removed. Then your skin will be wiped clean and an antibacterial cream will be applied to help with comfort and healing.

What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?
Recovery time after a chemical peel is dependant on the type of peel. After a chemical peel procedure, your skin may feel tight or sunburned. The proper skin care regimen is important to speed up the healing process, enhance results, prevent infections, and skin color changes. Cleansing, moisturizing, using sunscreen are highly recommended after a chemical peel. Postpone using your Retin-A product for at least one month post procedure. Avoid sun exposure during the early healing period. In addition, do not attempt excessive facial expressions for a few days after the procedure, which can lead to tearing and bleeding of the skin. And do NOT peel off any loose skin, as this can result in scarring.

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