The Real Deal About Chemical Peels, Part I

What is a chemical peel and why would someone want to receive this type of treatment? We sat down with one of SkinSpirit’s skincare experts, Kavina Trujillo, a master paramedical aesthetician at our SkinSpirit University Village, Seattle location and asked her to give us the real deal about chemical peels. We wanted to know how receiving a chemical peel would benefit the skin. We also asked her to explain to us how a chemical peel was different than other skin treatments like microdermabrasion or dermaplaning.

SS: What is a chemical peel?
KT: A chemical peel dissolves the glue that holds dead cells together on the surface of the skin. A chemical peel is a “controlled burn” of the skin and is considered a surface chemical exfoliation as opposed to a manual exfoliation like a facial scrub, Clarisonic brush, Microdermabrasion or Dermaplaning treatment.

Some of the benefits of having a professional chemical peel include improved skin tone and texture and increased hydration of the skin. Hydration is stimulated during the healing process after receiving a chemical peel, awakening the skin’s natural ability to hydrate itself from within. A chemical peel can remove several layers of skin build-up and congestion, allowing skincare products used at home to be even more effective because they’re able to penetrate deeper into the skin, leaving behind more enhanced results.

SS: Why would someone want a chemical peel?
KT: There are many reasons why a client would want a chemical peel. Some of those reasons may include:

  • Revealing the brighter, smoother and more refined complexion underneath the skin
  • Reducing discoloration caused by sun damage, treating hyperpigmentation
  • Helping to clear up breakouts
  • Smoothing away the look of wrinkles
  • Increasing hydration within the skin
  • Allowing skincare products to be more effective

SS: Does a chemical peel get rid of dead skin cells faster than a manual form of exfoliation such as Microdermabrasion or Dermaplaning?
KT: Yes, Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning treat the very most superficial, first five layers of skin known as the epidermis. Depending on the strength of the solution, chemical peels are able to go deeper into the skin, penetrating deep into the base layer of the epidermis and into the dermis layer of the skin, allowing the treatment to correct even more undesirable skin conditions than a manual form of exfoliation could.

SS: How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a chemical peel?
KT: During the initial consultation, before your treatment, your clinical aesthetician will examine your skin and determine if you’re a good candidate for a chemical peel. Factors such as your skin type–dry, thick, oily, vascular, acne-prone, hyper-pigmentation or sensitivity, along with the current condition of your skin, aging factors and your general health will be taken into consideration.

SS: How do I know what type of chemical peel I need for my skin type?
KT: The type of chemical peel used will be determined by your clinical aesthetician during your initial consultation based on your skin type, its current condition, your lifestyle and your desired outcome.

SS: What kind of results can I expect to receive from a chemical peel?
KT: Results will vary. This will depend on the treatment you receive that’s the best fit for your own skin type and condition. Most clients will notice brighter, more even-toned and smoother skin after receiving a chemical peel.

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