A chemical peel is a non-surgical, non-invasive cosmetic treatment that can improve the appearance of your skin. Chemical peels use safe and specialized solutions that are applied to the skin and remove the damaged outer layers of your skin — resulting in a smoother, younger appearance. Skin will often appear less wrinkled following chemical peels and will be freed of acne scars, freckles, sun damage, and irregular skin pigmentation.

Ideal candidates for chemical peels

The most ideal candidates for chemical peels are individuals with fair skin and light hair, however, individuals with darker skin tones can also fare well from chemical peels depending on the problem being treated.

Before making the decision to undergo a chemical peel treatment, speak with a skincare professional or clinic that specializes in aesthetics to determine whether a chemical peel treatment is ideal for your skin type or skin problem.

Before you undergo a chemical peel

During your consultation prior to undergoing a chemical peel, your doctor or aesthetician will ask you questions about your medical history to further determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for the procedure. Inform your doctor at this time if you have a history of scarring, have recently had facial x-rays, or if you suffer from returning cold sores. Additionally, inform your doctor of any drugs or medications you’re taking to treat your skin, such as acne medications.

How a chemical peel is performed

A chemical peel treatment is an outpatient procedure, which means you can receive treatment and leave the clinic all in the same day.

During a chemical peel, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned and treated with one or more solutions depending on the chemical peel you have selected. The solution will create a controlled wound that is then peeled off to reveal new, fresh, and younger-looking skin underneath.

During treatment, you may feel a tingling sensation on your face that often lasts up to 10 minutes. In some cases, you may be required to place a cool compress on your skin to ease any stinging sensations that may occur during the peel.

What to expect after a chemical peel

Every chemical peel produces different results, but in most cases, you may experience a physical reaction similar to a sunburn following treatment. The peeling of the outer layer of skin will usually result in redness followed by scaling that could last as little as three days and no more than seven days. Depending on the appearance of your skin and on the severity of your skin problem, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a series of mild peels every four weeks.

For the best long-lasting results, avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight following a chemical peel. Direct sunlight can cause further damage to your skin and could even result in uneven skin discoloration following treatment.

Rock Creek Wellness offers an extensive line of chemical peels, including a wrinkle lift peel, an acne lift peel, and the Fire and Ice Facial, which is now being offered for $50 for a limited time only. To learn more about our chemical peels, call us at 913-727-7700 or schedule your consultation today.