Blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, or pigmentation changes and acne scarring can make us appear aged. What a chemical peel can do for your facial skin, is target these problems and remove the damaged and dull surface layers of skin, to reveal a fresh, healthy and glowing complexion.
It takes our natural skin rejuvenation and exfoliation process a very long time to do what a chemical peel can accomplish, and unfortunately as we age the natural exfoliation and skin cell replenishment process for our facial skin slows down. Chemical peels have become more and more integral to an anti-aging professional skin care regime since the 90’s, and their popularity is still growing.
Chemical peels can be categorized on a spectrum of depth and intensity, from light peels to deeper treatments that penetrate the skins layers more extensively, and trigger considerable skin regeneration. Another word for natural skin exfoliation or skin peeling is desquamation.
In acne prone skin, overproducing sebaceous glands keep the skin cells sticky and less able to desquamate. The outermost membrane or layer of the facial skin, instead of replenishing itself efficiently and evenly, will block pores with dead cells and oil so that acne lesions or pimples begin to form. Chemical peels help to promote this normal exfoliation or desquamation so that even acne prone skin can become smoother, more even-toned and blemish free.
Areas Can Be Treated With Chemical Peel
Did you know that chemical peels are an effective cosmetic solution for many other areas of the body as well? Problem areas on the arms and back of the hands can show age in the form of wrinkles and discoloration. Our arms and hands are often exposed to the sun’s damaging rays, as much as our facial skin, and these areas respond very well to a chemical peel boost. Other areas to treat with a chemical peel can include legs, back, chest and feet. At Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, chemical peels are often performed in conjunction with other laser procedures, and excellent medical grade skin care products to help treat a variety of skin conditions; including psoriasis, eczema, ingrown hairs, acne scarring or breakouts, hyperpigmentation, age and sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin.
How does chemical peel work?
Light chemical peels work on the superficial skin layers to deliver beautiful results, without the level of redness or actual skin peeling which go hand in hand with strong peels. Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), glycolic acid, dry ice and lactic acid, and salicylic acid can be very effective for clearing up congested pores and smoothing away dull-looking surface cells, so that the complexion is brighter, makeup can be applied more smoothly and fine discolorations are reduced.
The idea of a chemical peel may sound mysterious, and because of the various types it is useful for patients to know what to expect. When a chemical peel is applied to your skin, it may be left on for a few minutes or up to 60. There may be one or more layers of the peel applied to the face depending on the type and intensity. You might feel the peel working, especially a stronger one, which can feel slightly prickly, stinging, warm or tingling – meaning the acid is working. The peel will either self-neutralize in a few minutes or be neutralized by your practitioner at the appropriate time. The entire process takes one to 10 minutes on average. It is helpful to prep your skin pre-chemical peel, by cleansing and applying moisturizer twice a day.
Q Chemical Peel
Call one of our two convenient GTA Q Esthetics clinics today to book an appointment for a complimentary consultation. During your one-on-one private consultation, your skin will be assessed by one of our experienced medical staff to determine the most suitable peel strength to suit your goals and skin needs.
What can I expect during and after the treatment?
In the early post-peel phase, the skin will appear reddened, tight or shiny. Light peels cause little redness and often no peeling at all, but a deeper peel will cause redness, slight swelling/skin warmth, a sensation of tightness and peeling after a few days. Individuals can react differently to any given peel. Glycolic and lactic acid type peels are known to be more hydrating, so skin redness and dryness will be less intense following these treatments. Cleansing according to your skin care specialist’s recommendations, and moisturizing and using sunscreen daily are highly recommended after your chemical peel. We advise you to avoid sun exposure especially in early recovery, as well as limiting exaggerated facial expressions for a few days while the skin surface is very tight, as this can lead to tearing and bleeding of the skin. Do NOT peel off loose skin, as it can lead to scarring.
Typically in one week or less, new glowing and healthy skin is revealed. There are many beautiful options to achieving a bright and even skin tone. Our oxygenating facial treatment is a great alternative to a chemical peel. This is a three step process that promotes oxygenation and improved circulation to help heal acne-prone skin, reveal a brighter complexion, or to provide a moisture boost and smoothing effect before an important event.
At Q Esthetics Laser Clinics, we typically recommend a series of 4 – 6 light to medium peels, approximately every 4 weeks; as the results are cumulative. Deep strong peels however, are not designed to be repeated regularly. It is safe to have facial cosmetic injectable treatments immediately after your chemical peel, however we do recommend that you avoid facial waxing or other facial treatments for at least 5 days in order to avoid excessive skin irritation.
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Chemical Peel Toronto
With a team including cosmetic doctors and nurses, we offer chemical peels to thousands of patients each and every year in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Thornhill, Brampton, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Markham, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Newmarket and other surrounding areas of the GTA. Our experienced medical staff will thoroughly examine your complexion to ensure the right chemical peel options are offered to you for your specific needs.
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