What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a skin exfoliation technique used to improve the appearance of the skin to a smoother and even texture.
Chemical peels are composed of Alpha Hydroxy/Beta Hydroxy acids that are applied to the skin that causes the dead or damaged skin cells to peel off. As a result, new and healthy skin cells are revealed (cell turnover) to the surface leaving your skin glowing.
The levels of peeling experienced may differ depending upon skin type, resilience, type of peel and number of layers applied. Some may experience ‘sheeting (when large portions of the skin peel off at once), some may experience ‘flaking (when small pieces of skin peel off, similar to dry, winter skin or mild peeling after a sunburn) and others may experience exfoliation (at the cellular level) that is not visible.
We at The Park Med Spa use PCA and GlyMed Plus chemical peels. There is no downtime after the PCA peel. To help maximize your results, a post procedure regimen is recommended.
There are three basic types of peels
Superficial or lunchtime peel
Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. This treatment helps to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.
Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment helps to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis.
Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once.
GlyMed Plus Chemical Peels
Intense Antioxidant Professional Peel
This pumpkin and papain enzyme exfoliator contains 5% lactic acid to provide a gentle but accelerated exfoliation. This antioxidant-packed formula is also enhanced with an active collagen-inducing peptide to keep skin active. Ideal for restoring skin hydration, tone, and firmness.
Recommended for: All skin types
5-Berry Pigment Control Peel
This potent TCA and antioxidant peel is the perfect solution for photo-aging, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and acne. 5-Berry Pigment Control Peel combines 7% TCA and the reparative, protective, and anti-aging benefits of 5 natural berries: cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and bearberry. Colorblind making it safe for all Fitzpatricks.
Recommended for: Normal, Combination, and Oily skin
Sal-X 20 Salicylic Acid Peel
Provide strong exfoliation and increased cellular turnover for stubborn conditions such as acne. 20% Salicylic acid enhances the penetration of treatments while oxygenation and detoxifying congested skin. Perfect for resistive, thick and oily skin.
Recommended for: Combination and Oily skin
Oxygen Skin Regenerative Peel
Cutaneous skin cells rely on oxygen diffusion. This unique one of a kind oxygenating peel formulation releases bio-oxygen power aiding inner-cellular diffusion and the benefits of lactic acid for cell regeneration revealing baby smooth, youthful looking skin. Oxygen Skin Regenerating Peel breathes back a youthful life to hypoxic, dull, tired, damaged skin cells. Rich in arabinogalactans derived from botanical plants, skin will brighten, firm, tone and immediately glow with health.
Recommended for: All skin types