Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. In the treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to react and eventually peel off. New, regenerated skin comes to the surface to replace the skin that falls away. This new skin is smoother and more evenly pigmented, with fewer lines and wrinkles. It is generally performed on the face, neck and hands. Chemical peel options include alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, retinoic, glycolic, and lactic acids, and may be customized to correct acne, sun damage, and oily or aging skin. Since there are many options, we always recommend a consultation with one of our Bonsila Experts to help determine the right peel for your skin.
Chemical Peels benefit the skin by super exfoliating the dead skin and revealing the new skin underneath. Chemical Peels do not, however, only effect on the dead skin cells; they also take some of the healthy skin along with it. This is a good thing because it is through this “controlled damage” to the healthy skin that causes the injury/repair reaction desired. This process results in stronger healthier skin after the peel.
It is essential that you receive the right type of peel for your specific needs. There are many types of peels and all have their place. Knowing which peel is best for you should always be determined by a professional.
We have seen many clients coming to us who have tried to do a chemical peel at home which resulted in hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) or worse, scarring. Just because you CAN order peels over the internet does not mean you SHOULD. It is acid you are putting on your face!
All of the peels listed are considered a light peel, expect minimal down time.
The Lactic Acid Peel is alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the outer layer of your skin to encourage new cell turnover. This particular chemical peel is a natural humectant and pulls moisture from the collagen level to the surface of the skin, deep cleaning and eliminating toxins and dead skin cells. It is an excellent acid choice for dry and sun damaged skin. Lactic acid is derived from milk and is much milder on the skin than Glycolic or Salicylic peels. This is a great peel for people with sensitive skin.
The Lactic Acid Peel will fade dark marks, improve hyperpigmentation, brighten and lighten skin, improve the appearance of light wrinkles, and stimulate collagen. It can be used for treatment of the following: acne, acne scars, blackheads/whiteheads, dry skin, sun damaged skin, blotchy pigmentation, fine wrinkles, loss of elasticity, large pores, in-grown hairs, age spots, eczema, Seborrheic Keratosis, Hyperkeratosis, and Actinic keratosis.
A Glycolic Chemical Peel is an alpha hydroxy acid used for exfoliating the skin. It is derived from the sugarcane plant, and because of the small molecular size, it penetrates the top layer of skin and dissolves the glue that holds the cells together, which allows dead cells to slough off revealing newer more vibrant skin. The purpose of the glycolic peel is to enhance beauty by smoothing out the skin, evening skin tone, reducing acne scars and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
This peel gives the skin a healthy glow relatively quickly. It stimulates new cell division, resulting in new, healthy cells. Fine lines are diminished and the skin is left softer and smoother. Acne and blemishes will decrease, while skin discolorations and surface sun damage are reduced. Age spots will lighten and leave skin tone more uniform.
The Salicylic Peel is excellent for improving skin tone, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, removing whiteheads and blackheads, blotchy pigmentation, large pores and sun-damaged skin. It is an effective exfoliating agent and can improve the appearance of skin that is affected by acne. Salicylic acid loosens and removes aging cells, oil and debris attached to the skin’s surface, stimulates new cell production and increased collagen formation and is oil soluble and lipophilic. Therefore it is able to penetrate sebum filled follicles and clean out clogged pores, which results in noticeable improvement in acne prone skin.
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce any inflammation and irritation after the use of the peel. It is ideal for oily complexions as well as people with sensitive skin. WARNING: MUST AVOID IF ALLERGIC TO ASPIRIN.