How do Chemical Peels Work and are They Safe?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and known that just a few layers down, under the fine lines and discolored patches, hides the beautiful skin you have dreamed about your whole life?

A custom chemical peel can make it a reality!

Custom chemical peels can safely and effectively treat a wide variety of mild to moderate skin concerns, from acne to signs of aging to melasma.

Custom chemical peels are one of the most frequently requested services at Blush Aesthetics. Our highly trained staff of licensed aestheticians will perform a full evaluation of your skin type, your issues and your goals to guide us in developing a custom chemical peel made just for you. If you have thought about taking your skincare to the next level, but want a gentle first step, a custom peel can be a perfect choice.

Chemical Peel Safety

Chemical peels have a long history dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans who used fruit acids and sour milk to achieve more beautiful skin. The modern era of chemical peels began in the 1960s and has grown more sophisticated and safe over time.

While the vast majority of the millions of women who have used peels throughout history have recovered without incident — and with more beautiful skin — people today are sometimes leery of this safe and time-tested procedure. The rare stories of long healing times, pain and skin damage cast a shadow over chemical peels and what today’s custom peels can do.

Today, custom peels are far more gentle and generally safe and effective for all skin textures, tones and colors because we formulate them to suit each individual’s skin. Peels can be a perfect first step for those who are new to in-office skincare treatments.

We customize formulas that are safe even for sensitive skin, but in some cases there can be mild, temporary side effects such as redness or changes in skin color.

By following the steps both before and after the procedure, patients can dramatically reduce the risk of any unexpected side effects following a professional peel.

A chemical peel is not for everyone. You may not be a good candidate if you have taken certain acne medications in the last six months, have abnormal skin pigmentation, have a dark complexion, a history of scarring or a history of cold sores.

Chemical Peel Basics

A chemical peel resurfaces the skin with a chemical solution. The solution is applied to the skin to “peel” or remove the top layers. The skin revealed by a custom chemical peel is smoother and younger-looking.

At Blush, we can formulate chemical peels to treat specific issues or to exfoliate skin at various depths. Each type of custom chemical peel uses a different solution. Deeper chemical peels can produce more dramatic results but also involve longer recovery times.

A chemical peel can also be done in combination with other cosmetic procedures.

Issues Treated With Custom Chemical Peels

Custom chemical peels are well-suited for people of all ages and stages of life.

How Custom Chemical Peels Work

Professional, custom chemical peels contain medical-grade ingredients that work below the skin’s surface to heavily exfoliate the top layers. When those top layers are “loosened,” they peel away. Smoother, more even, glowing skin is revealed.

Common peel ingredients include salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid and TCA or trichloroacetic acid. A custom chemical peel is individualized for your skin to ensure gentle treatment with optimal results. We will discuss these ingredients and more during your consultation.

What to Expect During Your Chemical Peel

During a light chemical peel, we apply a customized chemical solution to the treatment area. You may feel a mild stinging sensation while the chemical solution is on your skin.

After the prescribed time, we apply a neutralizing solution or wash to remove the chemical solution from the treated skin.

Chemical Peel Recovery

After a light chemical peel, treated skin may be red, dry and mildly irritated. Treated areas can take one to seven days to fully heal after a light chemical peel. New skin might temporarily appear lighter or darker than normal.

With any peel, skin will flake and peel off. Do not scratch, scrub or peel off the flaking layers; allow them to shed on their own. After a chemical peel, skin is extremely sensitive to sun damage. Avoid sun exposure and use a recommended high SPF sunscreen.

Chemical Peel Results

After your skin has flaked, peeled and healed, you will see more even skin tone, fewer fine lines, an improvement in acne and melasma and a healthy, younger-looking glow.

Chemical peels will not decrease pore size or eliminate deep scars or wrinkles.

Negative Side Effects of Chemical Peels

While safe for most people and skin types, chemical peels can have negative side effects, including increased hyper or hypo pigmentation, infection, a reactivation of the herpes virus and scarring, especially for patients who have a history of keloid or abnormal scarring.

Custom chemical peels are increasingly popular, but patients should remember that peels are a medical procedure. Peels achieve results by damaging the skin. Only trust your skin to providers with the experience and expertise to ensure your safety and optimal results.

Pro Peels vs. Home Peels

Some at-home peels promise professional-grade results at bargain prices. Do not take chances with your skin. At-home peels are not regulated and can cause major skin reactions and flare-ups. Some at-home peels have high concentrations of acid, but without trained application and proper use they can cause pain, uneven results and even burns or eye injuries.

If you have been considering the benefits of a chemical peel, talk to the expert team at Blush Aesthetics. We customize your chemical peel treatment to the perfect match for your skin type and needs. Call us today to schedule your custom chemical peel consultation!