Getting Chemical Peels in Atlanta
About Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are exfoliating skin treatments that address common skin issues like fine lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scarring, pigmentation, large pores, dullness, and uneven texture1. Broken down into three major categories, patients can choose a superficial peel, a medium peel, or a deep peel depending upon the desired result. At WIFH, we offer superficial and medium depth peels from the top cosmeceutical companies in the world.
1. O’Connor, AA (2018). Chemical peels: A review of current practice. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2018; 59 (3): Pages 171-181. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29064096
VI Peel (Medium Depth Peel)
The VI Peel is known as an innovative, advanced medical-grade chemical peel targeting fine lines and wrinkles, age and sun spots, acne and acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, melasma, enlarged pores, and overall skin texture and appearance2. Safe for all skin types and colors, a VI peel can also be applied to the neck, chest, arms, back, legs and even the delicate under-eye area.
2. Monheit, GD (2001). Medium-depth chemical peels. Dermatologic Clinics. 2001; 19(3) Pages: 413-425. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11599398
SkinCeuticals (Superficial Peels)
SkinCeuticals peels are great for skin resurfacing and correction. Patients looking to repair and restore skin, should consider one of the SkinCeuticals peels—each of which includes a deep cleanse, peel application and soothing mask. There are multiple varieties of SkinCeuticals peels, including an Age Defying Peel, a Brightening Peel, a Clearing Peel, and a Hydrating Peel3.
3. Lee, KC (2019). Basic chemical peeling: Superficial and medium-depth peels. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2019; 81(2): Pages 313-324. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30550830
Before & After Photos
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed.
Chemical Peels FAQs
What will a chemical peel do for the skin?
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing/exfoliating treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to slough away the top layers of skin. There are a variety of different chemical peels available and they can address skin conditions like: acne, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation/sun damage, tone, texture and overall skin health. Once the dead skin is removed it reveals smoother, softer, younger looking skin.
How do I know which peel is right for my skin?
Whether you’re an existing patient, or new to the practice, we always have you meet with one of our Medical Aestheticians for a complimentary consultation before your peel appointment to determine which one is best suited for your skin and goals. Depending on your skin, we may recommend combining chemical peels along with other treatments for optimal results.
What will I look like right after a chemical peel and during the next few days?
There are a variety of different peels available. We offer superficial and medium depth peels. Immediately following a superficial peel you skin may appear a little pink, which subsides pretty quickly. Superficial peels do not cause the skin to slough off, so you should not experience any shedding. These peels can be done as frequently as every 2 weeks. There is no down time with these peels.
Medium depth peels are different. We offer the full line of VI Peels. Immediately following the application of the VI Peel your skin will look slightly tan or have a yellowish tint. You may also notice the skin is a bit pink. The VI Peels are self neutralizing and you will leave our office with the peel still on your skin. You will be provided with at-home skincare products and instructions of when to cleanse the peel from the skin and how to use the products to continue the peel process.The first two days following the peel your skin will feel tight and pigmented areas might appear slightly darker. On approximately day three, patients will begin to peel. The first signs of peeling usually begin around the mouth and chin areas. By day six or day seven patients will be done peeling. Keeping the skin moisturized can help making the peeling tolerable. Whatever you do, do not pick or peel the sloughing skin, let it come off on its own.
How many peels are required to show an improved look?
A single peel will achieve some repair and add a healthy glow to the skin. Skin conditions like acne scars, pore enlargement and hyperpigmentation might require multiple applications to produce more dramatic results.
What should I expect during my treatment?
Depending on which peel is chosen for your skin, procedures may vary. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, then prepped with a medical degreaser to remove any traces of oil. Your clinician will then start applying the peel solution to your skin. Most peels remain on the skin between 3-10 mins, but some are designed to be self-neutralizing and stay on for 4 hours. Most patients describe feeling a warm, prickly sensation, or mild stinging/itching when the peel is first applied to their skin. This is temporary and subsides after a couple of minutes. After the peel is neutralized and removed, we will apply moisturizer and SPF, when appropriate.
Why didn’t I peel? Is this normal?
Not all chemical peels cause your skin to visibly peel. Even with the medium depth VI Peel, you may not experience heavy peeling. An impacted stratum corneum (heavy buildup of the uppermost layer of skin) can be a reason for not peeling. It may take 2 or more peels to break this down. Just remember, even if you don’t see it, the peel is still exfoliating at the cellular level and working to repair and brighten your skin.
Can I exercise after receiving my peel?
No. You can resume normal activity after your peel, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2-3 days to prevent blistering in the skin or PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation). If you’re prone to PIH or already have discoloration or melasma, we recommend avoiding exercise for up to 7 days. This is because heat will cause inflammation, and inflammation in the skin can cause further damage.
Is it normal for my dark spots to appear darker after my peel?
Yes, this normal and to be expected. Discoloration or melasma may appear darker in the days after your peel because the pigment is coming up to the surface. As the pigment gradually fades, your skin will become brighter and more even toned. Never try to pick, pull, or exfoliate any of these dark spots. This will lead to worse discoloration and scarring.
Can I have a chemical peel while I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
No, but please visit our Skincare During Pregnancy page for lots of info and options that are safe for you during this time.
What should I avoid before a chemical peel?
1 week before peel avoid waxing, laser hair removal, depilatory creams (patients should wait until any skin sensitivity has resolved before their peel)
2-3 days before peel stop using any topical products containing retinol, tretinoin, Retin-A, tazorac, Differin, benzoyl peroxide, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA’s), and beta hydroxy acid (BHA’s).
How should I care for my skin after a chemical peel?
You want to use a gentle, soap free cleanser, and avoid cleansing brushes or washcloths for the first week or until you’re done peeling. We recommend using Obagi Gentle Cleanser. You should use a moisturizer twice a day, or as often as needed to prevent itching and to control peeling. We recommend iS Clinical Sheald Balm or Obagi Hydrate as they’re both great post-procedure moisturizers. You must wear sunscreen daily (SPF 30 or higher) and should avoid prolonged sun exposure for at least 1-week post-peel.