Chemical Peels

What is dermaplaning? 

Dermaplaning is a non-invasive procedure in which a blade is gently moved across a dry skin on the face, removing dead skin and evening out rough, dry skin. Dermaplaning is generally painless and can be performed as often as twice per month. In addition to removing the rough outer portion of the dermis, dermaplaning also helps to remove unwanted vellus hairs, also known as ‘peach fuzz’.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is an in-office procedure during which an acid solution is applied to the surface of the face. The solution is left on for a few minutes, after which time it is removed or neutralized. Most people experience some mild tingling during a chemical peel, which usually takes only a few minutes to complete. Following a chemical peel, the skin may ‘flake off’ for a couple of days before revealing newer, healthier looking skin beneath the surface. Chemical peels are useful for improving the appearance of the skin and conditions like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, sun damage, acne scars and age spots.

Dermaplaning and chemical peels are each non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to rejuvenate the look and feel of the skin. Each serves a different purpose and may be administered independently of each other. However, many people opt for a combination dermaplaning and chemical peel service to optimize treatment outcome and achieve a smoother and more radiant complexion.

Did you know…

That the skin begins to lose its glow over time? This is because the skin’s natural shedding of dead cells slows with age, causing it to appear dull and lackluster. Though new, healthy skin exists below the surface, it is often masked by an old and uneven external layer of skin. Dermaplaning and chemical peel combination treatments help reveal healthy, glowing skin and restore a youthful appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why get a combination dermaplaning and chemical peel?

While dermaplaning and chemical peels are effective apart, they work synergistically together. Dermaplaning helps to remove the outer layers of the skin, making the chemical solution in a chemical peel far more effective. Since dermaplaning enables the acid solution to reach deeper levels of the dermis, the chemical solution in a combination treatment is left on the skin for a shorter period of time than it is during a chemical peel alone. Dermaplaning can be combined with many different types of chemical peels, from mild glycolic and salicylic acid peels to stronger peels containing trichloroacetic acid (TCA). For more information about dermaplaning and chemical peels, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

What happens during the treatment?

Preparation for treatment includes cleansing the skin thoroughly. After the preparation, the peel is applied quickly and evenly and is monitored by the doctor. After the peel comes off, the skin will be treated as needed based on particular accommodations.

When will the results be recognizable?

After the skin heals, the results will be recognizable. Depending on the type of peel used, healing times range from either 1 day (for a lighter peel) to 14 days (for a deeper peel)

How long will results last?

The results will not be permanent due to the fact that the skin continues to age. However, a follow up appointment should be scheduled in order to maintain the desired results on the skin.

Types of Peels

Acne Peel

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Melasma Peel

A melasma peel is a type of chemical peel that can be used to treat melasma. The chemical solution applied to the affected area causes the top layer of skin to shed, removing with it the unwanted melanin causing the dark patches. It is important to seek chemical peel treatments from a board certified dermatologist to prevent serious side effects. If you are considering a melasma peel to treat dark patches of skin, book a consultation at your local Forefront Dermatology practice and let one of our skin care experts recommend a personalized treatment for your skin condition.

Jessner’s Peel

A Jessner’s peel is a type of chemical peel to improve the appearance of your skin. Like other chemical peels, a Jessner’s peel breaks down the surface layer of skin. The cells die off and slough away after the peel. Your body then begins a healing response, which brings new, fresher-looking skin to the surface

TCA Peel

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are a type of chemical peel applied to the skin to smooth the surface and remove the top layer of dead skin. A TCA peel is one of many types of chemical peel, a cosmetic procedure that involves using acids to remove damaged skin cells to exfoliate the skin

VI Peel

Increasingly popular among celebrities, the VI Peel is a brand new way to improve skin texture and tone. The VI Peel was created for all skin types and tones—even darker complexions.
The VI Peel has been featured in numerous national magazines, including In Style, O The Oprah Magazine, Life & Style, and US Weekly. It effectively treats the signs of aging, pigmentation issues, redness, acne scars, and sun damage.

VI Peel removes the top layer of dead skin to make way for refreshed and smoother skin. It can also boost the body’s collagen production, making the skin appear firmer and more contoured.
There is no pain involved with VI Peel as it contains an anesthetic, making it a truly new approach to the traditional chemical peel.

On average, VI Peel treatments take about 20 minutes.

Thanks to its unique formulation, the VI Peel has minimal side effects, and skin sensitivity is minimal. The most common side effect of a VI Peel treatment is a slight stinging sensation when the peel is first applied.

Frequently, we recommend that patients have treatments four times a year. For younger patients, we recommend that they begin treatments at puberty.

Lactic Peel

If your skin is sensitive, some of the peels on this list may irritate it. You may want to look into a light chemical peel, such as a lactic peel. As the name suggests, lactic peels come from milk. It’s not only gentle on easily irritated skin but also moisturizes dry skin.

Beta Peel

Acne can be embarrassing and annoying to deal with. If you have a bunch of problem breakouts, a beta peel will be able to help you. It contains salicylic acid which is great for exfoliation and oil control. Salicylic acid also takes care of the bacteria that cause acne breakouts to give you the relief that you’ve been searching for.

Retinol Peel

Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which is used in skincare products as it encourages the growth of skin cells once it is applied. Due to its small molecular size, retinol is able to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin. As this is where your live skin cells are, the retinol that reaches this level encourages your skin cells to grow and renew. A retinol peel can also help unclog your pores and reduce acne outbreaks by allowing the cleansed skin to heal. A retinol peel is ideal if you want to rejuvenate, hydrate and refresh your complexion. If you have more specific skin concerns including acne or aging signs such as fine lines and wrinkles, then a retinol peel could be the perfect solution for you to reduce symptoms.

Mandelic Peel

Mandelic acid is a go-to anti-aging ingredient in the world of skin care. It works to accelerate cell turnover by dissolving the tiny bonds that hold skin cells together, helping to remove dead skin on the surface of the skin that can lead to dull complexions as well as fine lines. It also strengthens collagen, one of the building blocks of the skin’s support network that gives it a youthful firmness.This increased rate of sloughing thins the outermost layer of the skin called the stratum corneum. A thinner stratum corneum reflects light better and makes skin look smoother and more youthful. Mandelic acid and other alpha hydroxy acids generally soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture.

Vitamin C Peel

Vitamin C is one of the best-known defenses against free radicals (such as pollution, sun rays, and cigarette smoke) that can cause your skin to lose elasticity and sag. As a result, your skin loses its ability to shed dead skin cells, causing a dull and uneven appearance. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant to neutralize these free radicals, by preventing them from oxidizing on your skin.This peel can also help anyone suffering from acne, as it deeply cleanses pores and provides an anti-bacterial action to prevent them from reappearing. The acid found in Vitamin C also works as a bleaching agent that can help restore imbalanced skin tone and help fade blemishes.

Biorevitalization Peel (PRX-T33)

A biorevitalization peel (PRX-T33) is a procedure that uses a chemical to make your skin look younger. The chemical, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), is applied to your skin and then removed after a short time. TCA peels are sometimes called “light” or “superficial” peels because they only affect the outermost layer of skin. the PRX-T33 biorevitalization peel is an improved version of the TCA peel and can be used to treat sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Salicylic Peel

Salicylic acid peels are treatments used to deeply exfoliate the surface layers of the skin. Salicylic acid breaks the bonds that hold the skin’s cells together, causing them to shed away or peel. As the skin regenerates, it is rejuvenated.

Compared to other types of chemical peels, salicylic acid gives a gentle exfoliating action.
Many skin types can benefit from salicylic acid peels. And, because they are fairly gentle peels, salicylic acid can be used by people who aren’t good candidates for other types of peels.
Immediately following a salicylic acid peel, you’ll notice your skin feels softer and smoother. Salicylic acid peels can brighten your complexion. They also will give your skin a better texture and make large pores look smaller. Salicylic acid peels are particularly helpful for treating acne and blackheads. Salicylic acid is a strong comedolytic, which means it helps unclog pores. It also helps decrease the amount of oil on the skin. Regular salicylic acid peels can help improve both inflammatory acne and comedonal acne.

Blue Peel

The Blue Peel is a medium depth chemical peel containing trichloroacetic acid and a blue dye which allows your doctor to control the depth of penetration and the number of coats needed for customized results.
With each coat applied you will experience a burning sensation for two to three minutes. A cooling unit is used to minimize this sensation. The Blue Peel is generally well-tolerated and in most cases does not require sedation. Application of the peel takes about 30 minutes depending on the size of the area.
A bluish tint remains on your skin after the peel and will typically wash off within 12 to 24 hours. You may also experience some mild to moderate swelling and your skin will begin to peel in two to three days. The total recovery is about seven to 10 days.

A special skin care regimen is required four to six weeks prior to your peel to condition your skin and aid in the healing process. Continued use of the products after the peel will ensure that you maintain that healthy glow and youthful appearance. During your consultation the doctor will discuss which products will be right for you.