Chemical peels are very common facial treatments, but they are also rather mysterious to some people. Chemical peels are not “one-size fits all,” so you will need to schedule a consultation with a skincare specialist to determine the right chemical peel for your skin and condition. In this article, we will try to dispel some misunderstandings and give you more information about chemical peels and what to expect.
How Effective Are Chemical Peels?
The short answer: chemical peels are very effective! Usually, the type of peel that will be effective for you will depend on your individual skin needs, since there are many different types of peels within the three major categories: superficial, medium, and deep. With each of the three peels, you will experience different results.
How Many Chemical Peels Do You Need?
This also depends on the type of peel and the results you want. Let’s give you some background information on the three major types of peels, which will determine how many you need and what to expect.
With superficial peels, you may not even experience actual peeling but maybe just some mild flaking. These types of peels would include fruit enzyme, glycolic, or salicylic acid peels. Since they are so mild, superficial peels can be done frequently—even as often as every other week. However, you will also have to get a number of these types of peels to see the best results, usually about 5 or 6. Some people actually use superficial peels to prep for deeper peels as well.
Medium-depth peels like TCA, Jessner, and VI peels are more intense. You will experience several days of actual peeling after a moderate peel. However, if you do a series of these peels you may notice you don’t peel as much after having a couple, because the skin is already so healthy. That doesn’t mean it’s not working; it’s just allowing the ingredients to absorb and work deeper within the skin instead of just working on the surface of the skin.
Deep peels are typically administered by a physician. Deep peels also usually require pre-treatment for up to 8 weeks. Topical numbing agents are often used as well. With the depth and intensity of deep peels, you will experience several weeks of peeling, and redness could last up to 3 months.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
Not all chemical peels are right for all skin types and skin conditions, and some address certain skin conditions like acne, wrinkles, and sun damage better than others. Make sure you consult with your skincare specialist to see which peel is right for you, so that you can achieve your desired results.
In terms of general benefits, peels definitely resurface the skin and get rid of the outer layer of dead skin, which can cause your skin to look dull and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. By removing this layer your pores can breathe and expel any build up it might have within it. The process of chemical peels also helps stimulate collagen production to plump and rejuvenate the skin.
How to Make Your Chemical Peel Most Effective
Though the benefits are vast and can vary depending on the type of peel that works best for your skin, you should really consider getting a series of peels for the best results. Make sure you don’t pick or peel at the skin after a chemical peel and also that you have a good at-home skincare regimen to optimize and maintain your results.
At WIFH, we offer skincare consultations to help you determine which peel is best for you and your skincare goals. Visit or contact WIFH today to schedule a consultation.