What is a Chemical Peel?
Refresh, repair, and rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel from Ari Blanc Medical Spa in Philadelphia. A chemical peel is a resurfacing procedure that safely exfoliates damaged skin, to reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion.
During a chemical peel, a topical solution is applied to induce a controlled shedding of targeted layers of epidermis, depending on the type and depth of the peel, making way for new, fresher looking skin. Chemical peels can improve and reduce the appearance of:
- Sun Damage
- Age Spots, Hyperpigmentation and Melasma
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles
- Acne Breakouts and Acne Scarring
- Dull Skin
- Uneven Texture
- Enlarged Pores
The Benefits of a Chemical Peel
At Ari Blanc Medical Spa, we offer an array of customizable chemical peels for every skin type, color, and condition. Not only do chemical peels reveal a brighter, smoother and more refined complexion, they also improve the overall look and feel of the skin. Other benefits of receiving a chemical peel include:
- Improves tone, texture and clarity
- Reduces appearance of fines lines and wrinkles
- Minimizes pore size
- Improves acne breakouts and acne scarring
- Fades hyperpigmentation and discoloration
- Stimulates new collagen and skin cell growth
- Improves and softens appearance of scars
- Increases skin hydration and firmness
- Maximizes effectiveness of skincare products
While many experience improvements from a single treatment, we typically recommend a series of three or more chemical peels depending on your skin type, its current condition, your lifestyle and your desired outcome.
Schedule a consultation with our amazing staff of aestheticians and find out which peel is right for you!
Also available for sensitive skin – SkinCeuticals MicroPeel Sensitive
SkinCeuticals MicroPeel Sensitive is a superficial, event-ready peel delivering immediate hydration, exfoliation, and brightening results with zero downtime. MicroPeel Sensitive treatments may be enhanced with microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, or Laser Genesis.
Best for: Anyone with sensitive skin, rosacea, or those who are new to chemical peels. Perfect for those who want an instant glow!
The SkinCeuticals Micropeel is a superficial, fully customizable AHA peel that promotes the skin’s natural shedding process and accelerates cellular renewal for refined tone and texture. The MicroPeel smoothes surface texture and improves signs of photoaging, including fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and uneven skin tone. MicroPeel treatments may be enhanced with microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, or Laser Genesis.
~ 0-2 Day Downtime
Best For: Anyone seeking visible improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, firmness, and overall skin health.
SkinCeuticals Gel Peel (Glycolic)
The SkinCeuticals Gel Peel is a very superficial peel that provides mild chemical exfoliation to stimulate collagen production and reveal softer, more radiant skin. Its blend of lactic and glycolic acids refresh and renew skin to improve texture, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
Gel Peel treatments may be enhanced with microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, or Laser Genesis.
~ 0-1 Day Downtime
Best For: Anyone with sensitive skin or those who are new to chemical peels. Anyone who can’t afford a lot of downtime from more intense peels.
SkinCeuticals TCA Peel
The SkinCeuticals TCA peel is a deeper, superficial chemical peel that visibly improves advancing signs of aging and discoloration caused by sun damage, acne, or hormones. Provides significant improvement to skin texture and tone, including fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, discoloration and more.
~ 5-7 Day Downtime
Best For: Anyone with prior peel experience and an established skincare regimen. Anyone who would like to improve skin texture, pigmentation, wrinkles and/or acne scars.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Chemical Peels?
A Chemical Peel is just what it sounds like – it’s a chemical solution that is applied to your skin that eventually peels off. Why would anyone want their skin to peel off, though!? The chemical peel forces the older, less healthy skin to peel off to allow newer, less wrinkled, and healthier skin to replace it.
Chemical peels can enhance the look and feel of your skin by treating acne, and diminish scarring, lighten dark spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and even skin tone and texture.
How do chemical peels work?
Chemical peels utilize acids to chemically exfoliate the skin. The acid removes a uniform amount of damaged skin cells across the treatment area. Chemical peels come in a variety of depths and strengths. Light chemical peels treat the outer layers of the skin, while strong chemical peels penetrate deeper into the skin’s surface.
During a peel, the acids chemically loosen the cells that form the “glue” between dead skin cells and healthy skin cells. Once that bond breaks down, exfoliation occurs as dead skin is removed to reveal healthy skin underneath. This process promotes the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
What to expect during a chemical peel treatment?
Your aesthetician will perform a skin analysis and discuss options, and curate a treatment plan to achieve your skin goals. Your experience may vary depending on the specific chemical peel formulation, your tolerance to acids, sensitivity and the condition of your skin. Your esthetician will notify you of what to expect from your specific chemical peel.
Your skin will be cleansed and prepped, and a topical peel solution is applied to the skin. Superficial peels may produce a tingling sensation that typically subsides once the peel solution is neutralized. With deeper peels you may feel a tingling or mild discomfort.
Over the next few days, any damaged skin will eventually slough off and peel. A superficial peel may produce some redness, similar to a sunburn, which may last 3-5 days. More intense medium and deep chemical peels may result in noticeable redness and peeling for 7-14 days.
Immediately after a chemical peel, it is imperative that you follow the aftercare instructions provided by Ari Blanc Medical Spa and your service provider. After a peel, your skin will be extra photosensitive; limited sun exposure and the application of a broad spectrum sunscreen is absolutely necessary.
Am I a candidate for a chemical peel?
Chemical peels can be customized to accommodate any type of skin, including sensitive skin, making the procedure safe for most skin types.
Ideal candidates for Chemical Peels in Philadelphia should meet the following requirements:
- Are not pregnant or nursing
- Have no active skin outbreaks or rashes
- Maintain a positive outlook with realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
- Committed to maintaining healthy skin, including following a good skincare routine at home