Chemical peeling, also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling, is a technique used to improve the skin’s appearance by applying a chemical solution to the skin, causing the top layers of skin to separate and peel off. The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled, may be more even in color, and is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
WHO is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?
- Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated.
WHAT can Chemical Peels Do?
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles, especially under the eyes and around the mouth.
- Treat mild scarring and certain types of acne.
- Diminish skin discoloration, such as:
- sun spots
- age spots
- liver spots
- precancerous lesions (seborrheic keratosis, actinic keratosis)
- Refresh skin texture and color.
- Chemical peels can be done on the neck, chest, arms, legs, face, back, shoulders, and more.
How Are Chemical Peels Performed?
- Skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils.
- Then the chemical solution is applied to a controlled area. The solution remains on the skin from 1-3 minutes based on skin tolerance and the patient’s number of previous treatments.
- The skin is then neutralized to deactivate the acid penetration.
- Cannot tighten loose or sagging skin.
- Does not remove deep scars.
- Cannot change pore size
- Cannot remove broken blood vessels on the face; however, the procedure may improve the appearance of these conditions.
How long do the Results Last?
- With good sun protection, results can last months to years, depending on the depth of the peel. Generally, the deeper peels have a more long lasting effect.
53 year old with melasma
After two treatments one month apart
42 year old female with skin type II
Nine months after chemical peel
Sun damage of the neck
Six months post superficial chemical peel
Mild acne scarring on a 32 year old female
Two months after chemical peel
Pre, During, and Post Peel Instructions
To ensure an excellent outcome, we require your active participation in the process. Please read all instructions on this sheet twice and follow them without deviation. Missing even one point can jeopardize an otherwise perfect outcome.
CHEMICAL PEELS CANNOT BE DONE MORE FREQUENTLY THAN EVERY 10 DAYS.
Pre- Peel Instructions (Before the Procedure)
- Prior to your peel: Avoid facials, waxing and electrolysis for 48 hrs prior to peel date. Do not apply any makeup or perfume.
- If you are currently using any prescription skin care products check with your doctor before performing a peel.
- For 24 hours before and after performing a peel avoid using any non-Peel Prescription cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliators, astringents, toners, sun protection products and other skin care products.
- Please avoid wearing any makeup to the office on the day of the peel; however, if unavoidable we will provide you with a gentle cleanser to be used in the office to wash the makeup off.
During the Chemical Peel
- For any chemical being used for the first time on a patient: A patch test spot will be done to ensure that no uncomfortable skin reaction to the acid takes place. We use the VIVITE’ Chemical Peel Kit made up of two steps: Prepping solution and 70% Glycolic Acid.
- During the peel you may experience mild to moderate burning, stinging, or tingling. This is normal and means that the peel is working.
- Most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about 5 to 10 minutes. (However the Vivite’ Chemical system uses Glycolic acid that is partially neutralized which minimizes these warm and hot sensations almost completely.)
- CAUTION: If at any time you feel uncomfortable or the skin reacts with excessive stinging, let the technician know. The solution will be neutralized immediately.
- A slight frosting of the skin will appear; once acid is neutralized the frosting color of the skin will begin to fade away.
Post- Peel Instructions (After the Procedure)
- AVOID SUN EXPOSURE after performing a peel.
- IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PEEL:
- The skin may be red and blotchy, slightly raised, tight and shiny, and/ or feel sensitive. These are all normal reactions to the peel, and symptoms should subside in a few hours or within 1-2 days in some cases.
- CAUTION: During this time following a peel take care not to pick or irritate the skin. Apply cold water and if desired a hypoallergenic oil-free moisturizer to your skin for comfort afterwards. This can be done 2-3 times a day as needed.
- IN THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE PEEL:
- You may experience mild flaking and/or redness, similar to a slight sunburn and irritation in the form of small blemishes where the peel deeply penetrated the pores. These reactions are NORMAL and will subside with each subsequent peel.
- Following a peel, take care to wash and dry skin gently. Avoid sun exposure and use Sun Protection anytime you will be in contact with the sun directly.
- 2-7 days (depending on each person) following the peel you may resume using your daily exfoliators, provided that all of the residual redness and peeling has subsided.
- If you experience a major reaction or have any questions or concerns please call the office immediately, (985) 853-0900.
FOR BEST RESULTS:
- We recommend having a daily skin care regimen. We recommend our new VIVITE’ Skin care line. Vivite’ is Medical grade and can only be purchased through a physician. Patients should wash their face twice daily (morning and night) with the Vivite’ Daily cleanser or Vivite’ Exfoliating cleanser. If you do not use the Vivite line you may substitute with a gentle cleanser such as (Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser). Second, apply a moisturizer twice a day, we recommend the Vivite’ daily and night moisturizing creams, however, (Ponds cold cream, or Oil of Olay Moisturizer with SPF) can be substituted. If the Chemical peel was done on the face the moisturizer should contain an SPF for the morning application to prevent sun damage on the tender skin throughout the daytime. At nighttime a regular moisturizer with no SPF can be used.
What We Use:
Vivite’ Daily Cleaner
Vivite’ Exfoliating Cleanser
Vivite’ Daily Moisturizing Cream
Vivite’ Night Renewal Cream
*** Any over the counter gentle cleanser and an oil-free moisturizer with an SPF is good to use***