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Chemical Peels: Everything You Need to Know

Fast Facts About Chemical Peels

About

  • A Chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure used to improve the overall texture and tone of the skin by removing old, dead skin cells and producing new; like that of a baby’s skin.
  • Chemical Peels are used to treat wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, melasma, blackheads, freckles and dark marks.

Safety

  • Chemical peels must only be administered by professional aesthetic professionals.
  • It is important to follow all pre and post care to ensure optimal results.
  • Sun Screen is a must following a peel and for the whole recovery period.

Types

  • Light peels penetrate the outer layer of skin with little to no downtime.
  • Medium peels penetrate the outer plus middle layers of skin cells with some flakiness and a 5-14 day recovery period.
  • Deep peels penetrate the deepest level of the middle layer of skin cells. In this peel you will experience swelling, a burning sensation, flakiness and about a 2-5 week recovery period.

Benefits

A chemical peel will leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. It will help increase collagen and produce new skin cells, getting rid of the dry, flaky old surface level cells.

Cost

The cost of chemical peels typically range from $130+ depending on the peel.

What is a chemical peel?

A Chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment used to improve the appearance or feel of the skin. A peel exfoliates and eventually peels off leaving the skin underneath smoother, less wrinkled and less damaged. Chemical peels are an accelerated skincare treatment that turns over skin cells and clears out pores.

What does a chemical peel do?

A chemical peel is a skin treatment which is used to improve and smooth out the surface of the facial skin. A chemical solution is used to remove top layers of skin which allows the dead surface skin to peel off. The peeling process leads to new skin growth which is usually smoother, healthier and less wrinkled compared to the old skin. Chemical peels should be performed by aesthetic professionals only. Depending on individual skin type, your esthetician will determine whether you should get a light, medium or deep peel.

What does a chemical peel treat?

Chemical peels, in general, treat a variety of things including:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • sun damage
  • acne scars,
  • hyperpigmentation,
  • scars,
  • melasma and uneven skin tones or redness.
  • Specifically targeted chemical peels can help aide in blackhead removal, freckles, acne, or dark marks.

 

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel will leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. It will help increase collagen and produce new skin cells, getting rid of the dry, flaky old surface level cells.

Types of Chemical Peels

The three types of chemical peels are light, medium and deep.

Light/Superficial Peels:

This peel penetrates the outer layer of the skin to gently exfoliate it. A light/superficial peel improves the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as refreshing the face, neck or hands. The light peel requires 4-7 days to heal. Skin may be pink to red in color and may or may not flake. Gentle cleansers and moisturizers should be applied until skin heals along with daily use of sunscreen.

Medium Peel:

Requires 5-14 days to heal. Skin may become pink to red with the possibility of swelling. Before revealing fresh skin, you will form crusts and blotches that will eventually go away. The medium peel penetrates the outer plus middle layer of the skin to remove damaged skin cells.

Deep Peel:

This peel fully penetrates the middle layer of the skin to removed cells. In a deep peel, you will see the most flakiness and peeing of the skin during the 7-14 day recovery period. After this peel, your skin will swell and be red with throbbing or burning sensations. It is common for redness to last longer than the 2 week recovery period. Your esthetician will give you specific instructions on how to ease the discomfort with the deep chemical peel.

After all peels, gentle cleansers and moisturizers should be applied until skin heals along with daily use of sunscreen. It is best to stay completely out of the sun unti your skin heals.

How to prepare for a chemical peel

Before your treatment, a consultation is recommended with a skin care specialist. During this visit, your specialist will help you determine what the best treatment option is for your skincare needs. They’ll ask questions about your skin, analyze to see which peel will suite your skin accordingly, give you details about the peel that is best for your skin and ask about anything that could interfere with the peel, such as medications or allergies.

If you are on any prescription retinols or topicals, you will need to stop using them 5-10 days prior to your chemical peel.

To not cause a reaction, your skin must not be exposed to sun a few weeks prior to your treatment.

If you have Melasma, a pre-treatment is recommended for optimal results.

What to expect during a chemical peel?

During your chemical peel, you will feel a slight burning sensation depending on the depth of the peel. Your esthetician may put on a few layers after seeing how your skin reacts. The deeper the peel, the more you will feel. The burning sensation will subside shortly after it is neutralized. The peel will only stay on the skin for a few minutes. Your skin may feel tight while the peel is on. Your skin may become pink to red pending the depth of the peel. The feeling will be that of a sun or wind burn.

Chemical Peel After Care & Recovery Time?

After your peel, your skin may experience some flakiness within the next few days after. Try to avoid putting anything on the skin including makeup, cleanser and moisturizer the day of the chemical peel. You can apply makeup the next day but once your skin starts shedding, avoid makeup. The shedding will last anywhere from 2 to 14 days depending on the peel.

After your chemical peel, avoid all exfoliation. Treat your skin with gentle cleansers and gentle moisturizers. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and most importantly- use sunscreen daily! Your skin will be fresh and new like that if a baby.

Chemical Peel Risks/Safety

Possible side effects of a chemical peel include:

  • Lightening or darkening of the skin color
    • This is more common in people with darker skin tones.
  • Scarring
    • With the possibility of permanent scars
  • Infections
    • If you are someone with the herpes simplex, you make experience flare ups after a chemical peel. Fungal and bacterial infections are possible but rare.
  • Heart, liver or kidney damage.
    • Due to the phenol used. Check with your doctor prior to treatment if you think this could affect you.

Sun Burn or Sun poisoning can occur if you do not apply sunscreen following a peel.

Chemical Peel Cost

Chemical peels range in price since they are considered a cosmetic procedure. Costs can range from $150-$3,000 depending on where you are getting it done as well as depth.

Chemical Peel in Syracuse, NY – CNY Healing Arts Chemical Peel Services

At CNY, we offer 4 different peels. Prior to your peel, we require a complimentary consultation. During this consult, your esthetician will provide you with all the details on our peels. A patch test is also optional to see how your skin will react to the peel chosen. Some of our peels include procedures such as dreamlining to ensure optimal results at no additional cost.

Micro Peels

MicroPeel for Sensitive Skin – Light Peel ($140) – The SkinCeuticals Micropeel for Sensitive Skin is a light peel formulated with niacin, lactic acid and usnic acid to gently exfoliate and decongest even the most sensitive skin while balancing moisture levels. This clinical procedure combines dermaplaning (physical exfoliation) and chemical exfoliation to reduce signs of aging. The Micropeel improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and visible skin imperfections in a series of 4-6 consecutive procedures. Micropeel for Sensitive Skin is typically the optimal starter peel and is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive.Micro Peel Plus

MicroPeel Plus – Medium Peel ($175) – A chemical exfoliation treatment which reduces acne and enhances skin tone and texture. The MicroPeel Plus procedure is a unique one-step treatment of chemical exfoliation designed to reduce acne and help correct environmental skin damage. Solutions are formulated with a combination of salicylic acid to refine pores and help reduce the appearance of acne, and glycolic acid to aid in the improvement of rough texture, blotchiness and uneven skin tone. One week following a MicroPeel Plus procedure, skin will undergo its renewal process and light to moderate peeling may occur. For optimal results, two series of 4-6 procedures per year are recommended.

Benefits:

  • Pore refining
  • Reduces acne blemishes
  • Helps prevent future breakouts
  • Reduces sebum production and cellular debris
  • Encourages cell renewal Improves the appearance of skin discolorations
  • Improves collagen synthesis

The Pigment Balancing Peel

The Pigment Balancing Peel – Medium Peel ($175) – is a customizable medical-only treatment targeting hyperpigmentation to dramatically improve the uneven appearance of photodamage, mottled skin after a series of 4-6 treatments. The masque combines high-performance brightening and anti-inflammatory agents with a peeling acid solution to accelerate cell renewal and diminish uneven skin tone and localized hyperpigmentation.

Advanced Corrective Peel

Advanced Corrective Peel – Deep Peel ($175)  Formulated with an exclusive blend of clinical-grade acids and a maximized peel concentration of phenylethyl resorcinol, Advanced Corrective Peel dramatically diminishes the appearance of discoloration, while smoothing texture and refining the appearance of pores, to restore a brighter, more clarified skin tone. For optimal results, a series of 4 treatments every 4 weeks is recommended.

  • Improves the appearance of stubborn discoloration
  • Evens skin tone and texture
  • Helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Ideal for all skin types and Fitzpatrick I-V

 

Radiant, Glowing Skin with a Chemical Peel

Do you want bright, luminous, even-toned skin? Try a Chemical Peel! CNY Healing Arts Centers offers a variety of peels for your skin type to achieve the results you’re looking for.

Peels remove the dead, dull skin cells that are on the surface of our skin leaving behind a fresh, glowing texture. This turnover of skin cells will make your skin will appear firmer and more supple. It will also make your skin feel soft and smooth.

Sun damage can cause wrinkling of the skin or fine lines (especially around the eyes and the mouth), freckles, and age spots. Most often, the sun takes its toll on the forehead leaving behind blotchy, uneven skin tone. The peels remove the layer of darker skin that causes the hyperpigmentation or blotchy patches which will help create a more refined and even skin tone. Other factors that may cause darkness of the skin besides the sun are birth control pills and the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.

Acne or oily skin can also benefit from peels. Dirt, sebum, and debris that causes blackheads get broken down and dissolved during the procedure. It helps to decrease the appearance of enlarged pores and acne breakouts. It also exfoliates which can help with the scarring that sometimes occurs with acne-prone skin.

The estheticians will provide a peel based on the needs of your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive) and specific skin concerns (age spots, blotchiness, acne-prone, etc.). Then, the skin will be cleansed so that any excess oil is removed.  Next, the solution will be applied. While the solution is going to work you may experience a tingling or a warming sensation as the peel is creating this turnover of cells to create radiant skin.

Give the CNY Healing Arts Center nearest you a call or stop in today to find out more about the variety of resurfacing treatments and peels that we offer!

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

More Than Just a Facial: Client Review

Immediately upon entering CNY Healing Arts for a facial I am greeted with soothing music, a warm atmosphere and a smiling receptionist.  After checking in, the cheery young lady at the front desk escorts me to the waiting room.  As I sit on a comfortable couch (not a stiff chair like in most waiting rooms!), I notice that the lighting and colors of the room are warm and inviting, with original art on the walls, and the shelves lined with books about the power of positive thinking; again this is very unlike most waiting rooms I’ve ever been to.  The young lady also offers me a cup of tea or coffee while I wait.  As much as I enjoyed this beautiful, comfortable lounge, my wait was short and soon my esthetician showed me the way to our private treatment room, which also had warm colors and soothing music.

After changing into a robe, the treatment began.  The esthetician explained that there are many benefits to getting regular facials.  Regular facials not only cleanse and brighten your complexion, but they have anit-aging benefits, and can help with skin issues like acne.  She suggested that I receive a light chemical peel as well in addition to the regular facial.  The chemical peel would help restore a more youthful appearance to skin, reduce wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, sun-damage, and blotchy patches.  My work involves me being exposed to the elements (sun, wind, etc.) as well a lot of dirt that can really clog my pores so I seemed to be a good candidate for this procedure.  The chemical peel is just a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin (same idea as exfoliating!). Typically administered as a facial peel, a chemical peel enhances and smooths the texture of the skin.  After explaining the benefits and the reasons why she thought the chemical would work well for me, the esthetician said that it might feel “tingly” on my skin.  I honestly didn’t even notice any tingling sensation.  While we waited for the peel to run it’s course, I was treated to a hand massage.  Facial, peel, and massage all in one! A girl could get used to this!

The relaxing treatment ended with the esthetician asking if I had any questions and with her going over a few after treatment skin care routines that I needed to keep in mind.  I felt relaxed, renewed, and that the esthetician really cared about my well being.  As you can imagine, before leaving for the day I made sure to schedule my next facial appointment!

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CNY Healing Arts offers Skincare Services at our Syracuse Location Only.