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Chemical Peel FAQ

If you’d love to be confident enough to go make-up free, you may have thought about getting a fresher complexion with a chemical peel. Chemical peels can treat a wide range of skin concerns, from pimples to sunspots. They’re a type of deep exfoliation that can result in the production of healthy, glowing skin.The most important thing to check, before you have a chemical peel, is that your skin therapist understands your goals and can tailor a treatment uniquely for you.

How do chemical peels work?

Chemical peels work by providing chemical exfoliation of the skin. We use clinically proven and, often, naturally derived ingredients and work at different depths of the skin.

During the peeling process, as the treatment is applied, your skin sheds dead skin cells, or they later flake off, revealing fresh, new skin underneath.

What skin conditions can a peel treat?

Having a chemical peel is recommended for anyone who wants to improve acne or congested skin, fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin texture, enlarged pores, or dehydrated skin. The treatment can unclog pores, even out and soften skin and reduce ageing lines. Chemical peels also improve skin texture, cell turnover, moisture retention and stimulate collagen production and healthy skin growth to produce a radiant complexion. They may even help reduce superficial scars.

Having a regular chemical peel is especially helpful as we get older, as our body tends to turn over skin cells more slowly.

What is the downtime with a peel?

While a chemical peel may take only 30 minutes to an hour to perform, the peeling process itself can last from a couple of days to a week. But what you should know is that having a peel isn’t painful and you are only likely to be a little pink or dry, or feel a little flushed, afterwards.

That said, your therapist should definitely give you advice about how to treat your skin afterwards to get the best results.

How many treatments do I need?

Results are determined by the specific treatment and the condition of your skin. While it’s true that you can see improvements in your skin from one treatment, these will increase if you have a series of peels.

Having an initial assessment of your skin with a professional skin therapist is the way to gage what results you can expect. North Coast Medispa can determine the type of chemical peel that is best for you, based on your skin type, its condition, your lifestyle and your desired result.

For more about the skin treatments we provide to help you look and feel better, click here.