Chemical peels can be classified as light, medium, or deep, but how do you know which type is right for your skin?
This content was reviewed by Ilanit Samuels PA-C
A chemical peel is an aesthetic skin resurfacing treatment designed to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and skin texture on the face, neck, décolleté or hands. Depending on the treatment, a peel will often be classified as light, medium, or deep. This refers to how deep the peel penetrates in the layers of skin. The procedure uses a chemical solution which is applied to the skin and will cause exfoliation by eventually peeling over the days to follow.
Many practitioners recommend discontinuing retinol/retinoid use for several days prior procedure and several days to weeks after procedure. Prior to a procedure, it is essential to prep the skin using products with high quality ingredients. ALASTIN Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® is specifically designed to support aesthetic procedures, such as chemical peels, to pre-condition the skin by supporting the skin's ability to clear out damaged collagen and elastin prior to the treatment. This can support and strengthen the skin barrier and enhance your procedure outcome. As well, a proper post-care routine using products formulated with key ingredients is crucial to preserving beneficial outcomes upon receiving treatment. Regenerating Skin Nectar calms post-procedure skin and helps reduce recovery and downtime, while supporting the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen.
Watch this video to see why ALASTIN Skincare® Partner Dr. Deanne Robinson recommends Regenerating Skin Nectar to her patients.
In addition to the Regenerating Skin Nectar, incorporating a moisturizing product, such as Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology® can help support skin through the recovery process. The Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer softens and calms skin condition, supports the renewal of post-procedure skin, and helps to restore the protective barrier. It also keeps in the body’s natural moisture to help with dryness. Additionally, the Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer will help “lay down” flaking and peeling skin. This will assist you in resisting the urge to pull skin that remains attached. It’s also especially important not to get any sun exposure post procedure while in the healing process. Sun should be avoided and a sensitive, hydrating SPF, that won't irritate the healing skin (chemical free), such as HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 should be used daily.
Main Benefits of a Chemical Peel Treatment:
There are three basic types of chemical peels: light, medium and deep peels. Each peel type works best for different types of skin concerns.
Mild acid (such as alpha hydroxy) or enzymes are used to penetrate only the outer layer of treated skin to gently exfoliate it. The light chemical peel treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and smooth rough skin texture, as well as to refresh the skin on the face, neck, chest, or hands. There is typically no physical “peeling” or downtime with peels in this category.
Uses a slightly stronger blend of acids, which penetrates the outer and middle layers of skin to eliminate damaged skin cells. The medium depth peel treatment addresses age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne with redness, and skin discoloration. You can typically expect 3-5 days of peeling.
Utilizes the strongest concentrations of acids (Trichloroacetic acid or phenol) which is applied to penetrate more deeply into the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment targets moderate lines and wrinkles, dark spots, acne, and mild scarring. This deeper peel provides the greatest improvement in skin condition and appearance and has the most amount of down time needed for recovery. You can typically expect 5-10 days of peeling depending on the depth of the peel.
After the initial healing period from a chemical peel, you will see some early improvements such as tighter-feeling skin, even skin tone and a brighter complexion. With the lighter-medium peels, repeat treatments periodically are often recommended for optimal outcomes. Contact your healthcare provider to find out which is best for you.
Use HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 36 daily to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, shield against environmental pollution and provide a tint with a soft glow for perfect-looking skin.
Our tinted sunscreen was developed for daily use and also can be used immediately following skin treatments. This tinted mineral sunscreen is water-resistant for 40 minutes and reef-friendly to keep the health of our planet in mind.
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Pre and post-procedure care are the most critical aspects of the recovery process. This comprehensive Procedure Enhancement System is specifically formulated to elevate the results of invasive and non-invasive procedures while strengthening fragile, compromised skin, minimizing the risk of complications and supporting your recovery process. Now available with a deluxe reusable cosmetic bag!
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Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® is designed to support and strengthen the skin and can enhance procedure outcomes when used before skin-rejuvenating procedures (laser, microneedling, chemical peels, IPL Treatment) to prepare the skin, and afterwards to support faster recovery and optimal results.
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Patented Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology®: U.S. Patent No. 10,086,035 Patented TriHex Technology®:U.S. Patent No.10,286,030
Use Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology® daily to help hydrate and soothe skin in order to provide support against environmental damage.
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"Preparing the skin before cosmetic procedures is extremely important and can effect efficacy and length of downtime. It’s important to use the right skin care to “prep the skin” to get enhanced results but also, to avoid sensitivity reactions and long amounts of downtime. Using products from ALASTIN pre and post procedure skin care line ensures that you are using the best and safest products to get the best results."
Leslie Baumann M.D.
“Our patients love the ALASTIN Regenerating Skin Nectar. We have our patients use it twice daily starting two weeks before a treatment and continuing for 2-4 weeks thereafter. Our patients love the silky feel when applied to the skin. I personally used it on half of my face before and after a chemical peel and the side I used it on recovered faster and produced softer skin.”