What is a Chemical Peel?
This simple, non-surgical treatment addresses several skin concerns including the visible signs of sun damage, rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and acne.
Different types of acids (alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, retinoic acids, trichloroacetic acids) are used in chemical peels. Only licensed medical professionals — like Skin Pharm’s nurse practitioners — are authorized to use chemicals designed for deeper, stronger peels.
Very little preparation is needed for a chemical peel. We simply cleanse your skin, cover your eyes and hair, and apply the chemical solution to your skin so it can work its magic. And by “magic” we mean breaking down the superficial top layers of the epidermis, allowing smooth and glowing skin to emerge.
Superficial or “Lunchtime” Peel
These quick and easy peels are powered by alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic or glycolic acids to improve the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation and blemishes. The lunchtime peel is suitable for all skin types, including dry and sensitive, although normal to oily skin types will benefit from the addition of chemicals that regulate oil production and clear clogged pores. In addition to AHAs, medium peels can contain Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and retinoic acids. BHAs like salicylic acid are anti-inflammatory, controlling irritation and redness, while retinoic acids deeply penetrate the skin, augmenting results and accelerating recovery time.
If you’re looking for a stronger treatment, trichloroacetic acid can be added to the chemical solution or used alone (only by a medical professional) to treat prolonged sun damage, deep acne scars and wrinkles and massive hyperpigmentation. Also known as TCA peels, medium peels require more recovery time as the chemicals are stronger, and a fan can be used during the procedure to lessen stinging effects.