Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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