Chemical Peels: The “Low Down” & Skin Conditions Treated Best

We highly recommend chemical peels because when completed properly, they bring terrific benefits to your skin!

Our clients love the results…

We receive many questions about chemical peels every day, so I thought I’d give a little more info about them and the skin conditions they treat best.

Chemical peels come in many varieties and can be mixed and matched to accommodate most skin concerns and conditions including dullness, wrinkling, pigmentation, acne, rosacea (yes, even rosacea) and can even pull out cancer cells that are sitting below the surface.

I explain Chemical peel as “The Ultimate Exfoliation.” They exfoliate down through all the layers of your skin from the top (epidermis) to the lower levels (dermis). They “slough” through the debris so to speak that is sitting between your cells and the surrounding tissue to rejuvenate and bring back a healthy glow to your skin. You basically end up with brand new, fresh, glowing skin cells with many imperfections totally removed.

Let’s explain the name: “Chemical Peel”


Chemical can be drug related as in the ingredient hydroquinone which is a pharmaceutical drug to lighten the skin and used for pigmentation concerns of spots and/or melasma (patches). But more often than not, the chemical components are hydroxy acids (both alpha and beta) which are plant derivatives.

Some examples of AHA’s are glycolic acid (sugar cane), lactic acid (milk), malic acid (apples), citric acid (citrus fruits), mandelic acid (almonds) and tartaric acid (grapes). These AHA’s are a class of chemical compounds that are derived from food products. They have the ability to break down the bonds between the cells to allow for easier exfoliation of impacted cells.

BHA’s (beta hydroxy acids) are lipid (fat)-soluble acids. The beta hydroxy acid that is typically used in cosmeceuticals is salicylic acid. It is able to penetrate into the pore which contains sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside making it highly effective for treating acne and breakout prone skin.

Additional ingredients that are added to peels will include natural substances such as willow bark, licorice root, kojic acid for lightening/brightening as well as retinoids a type of vitamin A , Vit C and other antioxidants for cellular repair and future protection, plant stem cells for repair and protection, hylauronic acids for skin hydration and so many more natural and healing ingredients. So while the name “chemical” may sound scary, they are more effective than scary ingredients.


Peel is what occurs once your skin starts sloughing through the debris between your cells and pushes it up and out. This is typically a 2-7 day process depending on the peel used and tolerance of your skin.

Once the peeling is complete is when you will see the results you have been waiting for and a nice, healthy glow to your skin.

Skin Conditions Treated Best

Fine Lines and Wrinkling, Pigmentation, Acne and Rosacea are the conditions typically treated with chemical peels.

The number of needed peels will depend on how much damage resides, how deep of a peel one receives, and the percentage of ingredients used. Peels go from light, to medium, to heavy, and we typically increase them in intensity with each service in a series to achieve the best results.

A skin consultation with an esthetician is of the utmost importance to ensure best outcome and the peel you should choose.

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