There are many types of chemical peels. Generally, it is a chemical solution applied topically to exfoliate the skin and penetrate the pores. There are different strength acids that range from light to medium depth, with minimal to no recovery or downtime, performed by estheticians. Then, there are deep peels that require a longer recovery and downtime that are performed by physicians.
The most effective, least invasive, and safest acid is glycolic, used by our estheticians at The Blushery. Glycolic acid is derived from pure sugar cane and has the smallest molecular size out of all AHA's. Because of this, it has the ability to exfoliate, reduce the overproduction of oil, and hydrate the skin. This results in increased cell turnover. Through this process, acne is reduced, skin is less oily, discolorations become lighter, fine lines and pore size is less noticeable, and collagen and elasticity is increased.
Results vary for each individual and are not guaranteed. Treatments are more effective when performed in a series, spaced every 1-2 weeks apart.
There is minimal discomfort from chemical peels and there is little to no recovery or downtime.
Discontinue Retin A, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), and abrasive scrubs 48 hours before treatments.
Discontinue Accutane 1 (one) year prior to treatments, as it makes skin extremely sensitive to exfoliation.