A chemical peel is a procedure done by using the controlled application of chemicals to the skin. Chemical peels come in various depths and strengths. Light chemical peels treat the outer layers of the skin, while stronger chemical peels penetrate deeper into the skin’s surface. Acids within the chemical peel adjust the skin’s pH level to a lower, more acidic state. This change in the pH level chemically loosens the cells that form the bond between dead skin and healthy skin. After chemically loosening that bond, dead skin is exfoliated and removed, which reveals healthier skin and a more youthful glow.
The amount of downtime typically seen with our ZO peel is around 1 week. During your recovery period, your skin will be irritated, dry and peel. Considering this type of recovery, our practice recommends you schedule your chemical peel a few weeks before any important social events, to allow your skin to fully heal and look it’s best. When recovering from the chemical peel, your skin will be more sensitive to the UV rays from the sun. Sun protection is always of importance but will be especially important following a chemical peel, so it is not recommended to schedule a peel just before a vacation when it is likely you will be exposed to more UV rays.
Most individuals are good candidates for chemical peels, however, chemical peels are not recommended for patients who:
Our practitioner will recommend the optimal number of sessions to be performed based on your personal objectives. Treatment times and frequency will be specifically customized and tailored to address your specific needs, so the end result is healthier skin, a more youthful glow and significant improvement in pigment, fine lines, sun damage and/or acne.