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Chemical Peels at ReShapeU

What are Chemical Peels ?​

A chemical peel is a treatment where an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of your skin. In performing chemical peels, our consultants apply alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or phenol to the skin.  

The solution is typically administered as a facial peel,. The peel enhances and smoothes the texture of your skin. It is a very effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles, and any uneven skin pigmentation.  The peel exfoliates the outer layers of dead skin, and so revealing a fresher new skin layer with improved tone, texture, and color. In addition to full facial rejuvenation, different types of skin peels can also be used for spot treatments also as a way to remove stretch marks or rejuvenate skin elsewhere on the body.

  Chemical peels are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world today. They were performed in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help people achieve smoother, younger looking and more beautiful skin. Today chemical facial peels are popular because they offer nearly immediate results in most cases and can be performed as a quick outpatient procedure.


In general, patients with fair skin or light hair colour are the best chemical peel candidates. However, patients with other skin colour or hair color can also achieve good results as well. Ideal candidates for the chemical peel procedure are for individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their skin, have realistic expectations of their procedure, or do not smoke.  

 An ideal candidate for a chemical peel would be in  good physical health, understand the procedure, and has realistic expectations of the outcome. You are likely to be pleased with the results of a chemical peel if your goal is to alleviate acne, smooth wrinkles, improve skin texture, eliminate age spots, or reduce the effects of any sun damage. The different types of chemical peels come in varying strengths and types to provide different levels of treatment. Ask your consultant which chemical peel is best for your skin type and needs.​

Medical Considerations

 The best outcomes will be achieved in clients who are not taking the acne medication Accutane®, or have not taken it for the previous 18 months, and who are free of active skin infections. If you have large or unusual scar formations, such as keloids, your consultant may recommend a different treatment for you. Clients who have a family history of heart problems are not considered good candidates for the deep chemical peel procedure.​

Risks and Benefits

Chemical peels rarely result in any serious complications, but certain risks or side effects do exist. These risks include scarring, infection, swelling, changes in skin tone, and possible cold sore outbreaks. You can reduce the risks associated with facial peels by following all of the consultants instructions completely and by providing your consultant with a complete medical history.

A chemical facial peel can provide many different benefits to the skin. The procedure can restore a more youthful appearance and reduce wrinkles,fine lines, uneven pigmentation, sun damage, and blotchy patches. 

Light Chemical Peels

Your consultant will use a specific formula for your chemical peel based on the characteristics of your skin and your desired result. Light chemical peels are mainly used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation, or acne. The chemical peel solutions used for light chemical peels is usually comprised of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic, or fruit acids. Light chemical peels are ideal for people who want the benefits of a facial peel but do not wish to spend the time required to recover from a deeper peel.

Medium Chemical Peels

A medium facial peel, many consultants use trichloroacetic acid (TCA). This is a chemical that works really well for treating fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigmentation problems. Similar to a light chemical peel, medium chemical peels require much less downtime than a deeper peel. TCA peels are the preferred choice for clients with darker skin.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels are the strongest of all the facial peels. The solutions used for deep chemical peels are phenol acid. Deep peels are used to treat coarse facial wrinkles, blotches that are caused by aging or sun exposure, or pre-cancerous growths. While a deep chemical peel produces the most dramatic, longest-lasting results, the procedure takes longer than other peels (one to two hours) and requires the most healing time. Phenol acid is typically used only for facial peels. Because a deep chemical peel may cause permanent lightening of the skin, prospective patients should seek advice from a qualified cosmetic dermatologist before undergoing the procedure.

Candidates for Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels involve a longer procedure and longer recovery time that lasts up to several months in some cases. Patients who want to correct blotches caused by sun exposure or age, minimize coarse wrinkles, or remove a pre-cancerous growth may benefit from a deep peel. There are certain factors which must be taken into consideration when contemplating a deep chemical peel. Darker-skinned patients and individuals with heart problems are not ideal candidates. Potential chemical peel candidates should be aware that the treatment may take an hour or more, and may require sedation. Anyone who decides on this procedure should be prepared for a long, slow recovery period, and should wear sunscreen whenever exposed to sun.

Acne Chemical Peel

Certain chemical peel solutions are useful for treating acne blemishes and diminishing existing acne scars. Light chemical peels administered with a solution of alphahydroxy acids (AHA) can be beneficial for treating acne. A lower-strength AHA solution can be mixed with a facial wash as part of a daily skin-care routine. DocShop provides detailed information about acne chemical peels to help you decide if this treatment is right for you.

Side Effects

When performed by an experienced dermatologist consultant, chemical facial peels are safe. With light and medium peels, relatively mild chemical peel side effects can as redness, stinging, and crusting of which all usually subside within a day or two after the treatment. The possible side effects of deep chemical peels are typically more pronounced, and so recovery time can be longer. More serious side effects, such as infection or scarring, are possible, with medium and deep chemical peels. However, these serious side effects are quite rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified consultant and aftercare instructions are followed properly.

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