Aesthetics & Cosmetic Dermatology

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

What is a Chemical Peel?

In use for decades, Chemical Peels are a quick way to revitalize and resurface skin to produce a younger, clearer, and more radiant complexion.
Chemical peels are gentle exfoliating treatments that help reduce breakouts, and soften skin to create a smooth texture by removing surface layers of the skin. Based on your skin type, our dermatologist supervised aesthetician will recommend a formulation that is best suited for your skin.


Where are Chemical Peels used?

Chemical peels are typically performed on the face, hands, neck, back, shoulders, legs and other areas to treat age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles leading to an overall improved complexion.


Types of Chemical Peels:

 

Glycolic Peels:

Stimulates the production of new cells by removing the thin top layer of the skin, resulting in healthier, softer skin with diminished fine lines, decreased acne, and an overall improved complexion. Glycolic acid, a derivative of the sugar cane plant, has been used for decades to improve skin quality, pigmentation and fine wrinkling. Used in concentrations of 20% to 70%, it can be a useful adjunct to treatments for acne and dark areas on the face.

A glycolic acid peel involves gentle cleansing of the skin in order to remove any oily build up, followed by an application of mild acid for several minutes. The strength of compound is determined after a careful assessment of skin.

The glycolic acid is then neutralized and the skin is cooled and moisturized. Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to return to normal activities the same day. The skin may remain pink for 24 hours, and it may peel slightly over several days. Generally 4 – 6 treatments at about 1 month apart are needed to achieve an optimal result.


Can anyone be treated with Glycolic Peels?

Yes! This treatment is possible for all skin types. It is very effective in rejuvenating mature, sun-damaged skin that is beginning to show signs of age.

Salicylic Acid (LHA) Peels:

Are effective for improving dull and uneven complexions, fine lines, brown spots and some types of acne. They work by chemically exfoliating the skin. The salicylic acid peels are applied in concentrations from 5-10%. Specially designed preparation products are used before, during and after the treatments to help maintain the results.A salicylic acid peel is done in a similar fashion as the glycolic acid peels above. The salicylic acid peels, however, do not require neutralization after the treatment.

Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to return to normal activities the same day. The skin may remain pink for 24 hours, and it may peel slightly over several days. Generally 4 – 6 treatments at about 2 weeks apart are needed to achieve an optimal result.

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels:

Are slightly stronger than glycolic peels, and generally result in a deeper chemical peel.In concentrations of 10% – 30%, TCA removes sun-damaged layers of the skin, and can provide significant improvement in facial discolouration, skin tone, superficial wrinkles, and acne. Formulations of these chemicals stimulate the skin’s natural rejuvenation mechanism by removing dead skin cells.

The peeling solution is applied to the skin in layers, in order to achieve a superficial frosting of the epidermis. The face is then gently cooled and moisturized. These peels are slightly more aggressive they glycolic acid peels, and may require up to a week before healing of the skin is complete.

Based on your skin type, our dermatologist supervised aesthetician will recommend a formulation best suited for your skin.