The Real Deal About Chemical Peels, Part II

We came up with a few more questions about chemical peels that we wanted to ask Kavina Trujillo, a master paramedical aesthetician at our SkinSpirit University Village, Seattle location. She was so incredibly informative in giving us the “real deal” about chemical peels that we wanted to ask her more questions about this treatment. We wanted to know about the different types of chemical peels available at SkinSpirit and asked her to explain the benefits and differences of each.

A Q&A with Seattle Master Aesthetician

SS: What are the different types of chemical peels available at SkinSpirit? What are the benefits and differences of each?
KT: SkinSpirit offers two types of chemical peelsResurfacing Treatments and Peeling Treatments. The use of these peels depends on the condition of your skin, which will be determined by your clinical aesthetician during your treatment.

Resurfacing Treatments – Includes Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Peptide/Pro-Retinol or Pumpkin/Pro-Retinol

  • Mildly stimulates the production of new, healthy facial cells
  • Affects the skin from the top down, resulting in more immediate surface exfoliation than with a manual form of exfoliation alone
  • Can be added to most facial treatments, including our popular Signature Facial
  • Mild downtime is expected and varies with the type of peel used. Clients typically experience anywhere from no peeling to medium flaking that can last one to three days after their treatment
  • Treatment Duration: 30 minutes
  • As a stand-alone treatment, a series of either three or six chemical peels within three weeks of each treatment is recommended for best results

Chemical Peels – Includes Vitalize, Modified Jessner or TCA/Pro-Retinol

  • More aggressive than resurfacing treatments and are designed to deliver optimal results
  • Work from the inside of the skin out with peeling taking days to appear
  • Not recommended that this be combined with another facial treatment
  • Downtime is expected with these treatments and varies with each one. Clients typically experience anywhere from mild to moderate shedding that can last two to six days after treatment
  • Treatment Duration: 30 minutes
  • As a stand-alone treatment, a series of three chemical peels within three weeks of each treatment is recommended for best results

Keep in mind that peeling results will vary with each treatment and for each person. Peeling is not the indication of a successful peel. The improvement of skin may occur even without visible peeling.

SS: If a client wants to come in for a chemical peel, how would they help prepare their skin for the treatment?
KT: First and foremost, clients will need to schedule an initial, complimentary consultation with one of our clinical aestheticians. During the consultation, the clinical aesthetician will examine the client’s skin to determine if they’re an appropriate candidate for a chemical peel.

If the clinical aesthetician determines that the client is an appropriate candidate, the next phase of the treatment would be skin conditioning. Skin conditioning is designed to bring the skin into a tolerant state so that it responds better to a chemical peel and lessens the chance of triggering an undesirable response to the treatment. Think of skin conditioning as a runner training for a marathon. If a client wants the best results from her treatment, she’ll need to train her skin to react properly before having the peel done.

The clinical aesthetician will recommend a six-week preparation program for the skin, which includes a daily application of topical products such as retinols or prescription-strength Retin-A and a skin lightening agent (if treating hyperpigmentation.) These products will help regulate cell function and improve circulation within the skin. Skin conditioning gives the skin a chance to constantly renew itself, repair damage and act as a healthy barrier while helping to build up a solid foundation and tolerance for a chemical peel.

Undesirable outcomes from a chemical peel tend to come from not properly conditioning the skin before treatment, improper homecare treatment or when a client picks at his/her skin. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can also happen after a chemical peel, but it’s easily reversible with the treatment of a topical prescription of hydroquinone 4%.

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