Frequently Asked Questions:
What is it?
A form of “chemical exfoliation,” chemical peels break down the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Breaking down these bonds forces the old skin to slough away, triggering the production of new healthy skin.
How will it help me?
Sloughing off the top of your skin causes you to produce new skin cells that push damaged cells under the surface up and out, helping to correct problems like acne, fine lines, dark spots, large pores, and scarring. Before & After Pictures >>
How are these peels different from other chemical peels out there?
SkinTec uses varying blends of TCA and Jessner formulations from industry expert PCA Skin, designed and priced to be “progressive” vs. “aggressive.” What does that mean? Basically, these peels combine exfoliating acids, pigment inhibitors, and skin strengthening agents to transform the skin without the irritation, discomfort, and downtime common with traditional applications. In addition, they are completely customizable for each client’s sensitivity and skin conditions.
Why take the “progressive” approach?
We understand that everyone wants results. And we know that there are a lot of places out there that will do the strongest treatment possible so that you peel a lot and feel like it “worked.” But this is not the right way or the safe way. In fact, it can be very dangerous. By taking the progressive approach, you can achieve outstanding results that gradually accumulate over time.
What is the prep/post care?
Your esthetician will carefully review the pre/post care with you, but some of the highlights include staying out of the sun, using a retinol and a melanin suppressant for 4 weeks prior to your peel, washing your face 5 hours after your treatment, and using only mineral makeup for several days after treatment. And absolutely NO PICKING OR PULLING at any flaky skin!
How will my skin look afterwards?
Great! Your skin will actually look glowing. You might be a touch pink and shiny, but you can continue with your day. The next day you will typically look great, too. After that, your skin may feel a little tight and a little itchy. Peeling usually starts around day 3 or 4, and can be controlled by moisturizing with the products in your post-peel kit. Sometimes people experience a little discoloration or “browning” of the skin as pigment comes to the surface and the dead skin starts separating from the rest of the face. This can be disconcerting, but don’t worry. After you peel your new skin will look pink and fresh again.
How many days will I peel?
Hard to say. Some people peel lightly for 3 to 7 days. Some people peel more intensively for up to 10 days. And some people don’t peel at all. It all depends on your skin type, how healthy your skin is, how well it is prepped, and how strong of a peel we formulate.
If I don’t peel, does that mean it didn’t work?
Not at all. Peeling occurs both above and below the surface of the skin, and the amount one “visibly” peels varies greatly from person to person. Some people peel a lot. Some people don’t peel at all. Visible peeling is a side effect, so if you can get good results without any peeling on the surface, then that’s a win-win!
I’ve never had a peel before and I’m afraid. Do you offer gentler peels that I can try first?
The chemical peels we use are totally customizable, so there is no reason to worry. We can formulate your treatment to minimize peeling and any reason for concern. But yes, if you want to start even more conservatively, we also offer lighter peels that can be added to your facial or administered a la carte. These include lactic, glycolic, salicylic acid, and pumpkin, and require no at-home prep prior to your treatment.
Types of Chemical Peels
AHAs – naturally occurring, nontoxic organic acids. The most commonly used include glycolic (from sugar cane) and lactic (from milk). Others include malic (apples), tartaric (grapes) and citric (citrus) acid.
Azelaic Acid – created by oxygenating oleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid found in milk fats. This is used as a lightening, lifting and antibacterial agent.
Salicylic Acid – a beta-hydroxy acid extracted from wintergreen and birch. It is a relatively safe, low-risk acid, as it is self-neutralizing and produces a drying and lifting effect.
Retinol/Retinoic Acid – Vitamin A derivative that converts to retinoic acid and is a DNA regulator. It assists in the synthesis of collagen, aids in the formation of blood vessels and encourages healthy cell turn over and formation
TCA (Trichloracetic Acid) – It is a nontoxic, self-neutralizing and keratolytic agent, and is very effective in low strengths. It can be used alone or in tandem with other acids.
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Chemical Peel Treatment Information
A chemical peel is a technique which involves the application of a variety of chemical peel solutions to remove the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation/melasma, Rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photo aging.
Chemical peels have varying strengths, Ph balance and varying properties , hence each may produce a different results
By removing the build-up of dead skin cells via chemical peeling and stimulating the regenerative process, you will notice marked improvements in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture and tone of the skin, hydration, reduced pore size, clearing of blemishes and more balanced oil production and an overall healthier skin appearance.
Facial Chemical Peels
Chemical peels treat imperfections such as hyperpigmentation, uneven or coarse skin texture, fine lines, sun damage, and acne. Chemical peels refresh the overall complexion and reveals clearer, healthier skin. Multiple treatments may be required for optimum results.
TCA Peel $75 series of 3: $150
A medium depth chemical peel for the skin that is sensitive, thin or fragile. A mild and very therapeutic peel that will strengthen your skin, allowing it to be more resistant to environmental stresses.
Beta Peel $75 series of 3: $150
A medium depth facial chemical peel that is more vigorous than a TCA. This peel is recommended for blemished, thick, oily or skin that is hyperpigmented.
Jester's Peel $75 series of 3: $150
A combination of different peeling agents that produce the most dramatic effects and results. Ideal for aging, sun damaged, and hyper pigmented skin.
Chemical Peel Post Care
There are specific instructions to be followed after your skin peel – this is as important as the peel itself. Post care should include occlusive healing balms, epidermal growth factor for cell renewal, calming, soothing topicals to reduce itching and inflammation, and always use sun screen!
SkinTecs specializes in chemical peels and skin care for ethnic skin. Customized skin lightening peel treatments are offered including effective custom skin lightening products to reduce hyperpigmentation and melasma. The causes of hyper pigmentation are varied, and so are the treatment options.
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