Chemical and enzyme peels are cosmetic treatments that involve applying a solution to the skin to exfoliate and remove the outermost layers. These peels help improve the appearance and texture of the skin by promoting cellular turnover and revealing fresher, smoother skin underneath.
Chemical peels typically use acidic solutions, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), to exfoliate the skin. They can vary in strength, targeting different skin concerns ranging from mild exfoliation to deeper resurfacing. Enzyme peels, on the other hand, use natural enzymes, often derived from fruits like papaya or pineapple, to gently exfoliate the skin.
Peels can help address various skin concerns, including:
When performed by a licensed and trained professional, chemical and enzyme peels are generally safe. However, it's important to disclose any known allergies, skin sensitivities, or medical conditions to ensure the appropriate peel and concentration are used for your skin type. Our skilled estheticians prioritize your safety and will provide personalized recommendations.
Chemical and enzyme peels may cause a tingling or warming sensation on the skin during the application process. However, discomfort is generally minimal and well-tolerated by most individuals. If you have concerns about sensitivity, our estheticians can discuss options for adjusting the peel strength or duration to enhance your comfort.
The duration of a peel treatment can vary depending on the type of peel and your skin's specific needs. On average, a peel session can take between 30 to 40 minutes. This includes the preparation of the skin, the application of the peel solution, and a post-peel soothing treatment.
The amount of downtime or recovery period varies depending on the depth and strength of the peel. Superficial peels, such as light AHA or enzyme peels, typically have minimal downtime, if any. Deeper peels may cause some redness, flaking, or peeling for a few days to a week. Our estheticians will provide specific aftercare instructions to help you care for your skin during the recovery phase.
The number of sessions required depends on your skin concerns, desired results, and the type of peel used. Some individuals may see noticeable improvements after a single session, while others may benefit from a series of peels spaced several weeks apart. Our estheticians will assess your skin and recommend a personalized treatment plan.
After a peel, it's essential to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by our estheticians. This usually involves gentle cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin from sun exposure. It's crucial to avoid picking or peeling off any flaking skin and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your newly revealed skin.
Yes, chemical or enzyme peels can be combined with out other skin treatments.