Understanding the different types of chemical peels. How do I know which peel is for me!

Hey there, fabulous clients! Are you ready to embark on a journey into the exciting world of chemical peels? Buckle up because we're about to uncover all the juicy details, from the best brands to target those pesky skin issues to the nitty-gritty on aftercare and expectations. As your trusted esthetician, I'm here to arm you with all the knowledge you need to get you excited for your next peel service. Let's dive right in!

The Best Brand for Hyperpigmentation: The Ordinary

Now, let's delve into targeting your specific skincare needs – hyperpigmentation. When it comes to treating those stubborn dark spots and uneven skin tone, 'The Ordinary' is a fantastic choice. They offer a variety of effective peels that estheticians commonly use to address hyperpigmentation:

  1. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: This peel combines alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to exfoliate the skin gently and fade hyperpigmentation. It's a favorite among estheticians for its remarkable results.

  2. Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution: Another gem from 'The Ordinary,' this toning solution contains glycolic acid, which helps to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of dark spots, and enhance overall skin radiance.

  3. Lactic Acid 10% + HA: Lactic acid is known for its ability to address hyperpigmentation while maintaining skin's moisture balance. Estheticians often recommend this peel for a more hydrated approach to tackling dark spots.

Each of these peels offers unique benefits, and during your consultation, we'll select the one that's the best match for your skin's needs. With my expert guidance, you'll be on your way to achieving a more even and radiant complexion in no time! 

Tackling Sagging Skin: PCA Skin

Now, let's address your quest for firmer, more lifted skin with the help of 'PCA Skin.' They provide a range of effective peels, and estheticians often turn to these options to combat sagging skin and stimulate collagen production:

  1. PCA Sensi Peel®: This peel is a go-to choice for estheticians looking to gently exfoliate the skin while also addressing sagging. It's renowned for its ability to enhance skin firmness and promote a youthful appearance.

  2. PCA Ultra Peel® I: For a slightly more intensive approach, estheticians might recommend the Ultra Peel® I. This peel contains a unique blend of ingredients to target sagging and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

  3. PCA Peel® with Hydroquinone and Resorcinol: When sagging skin is accompanied by hyperpigmentation concerns, this peel can work wonders. It combines skin-firming properties with the power to reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Each of these peels offers its own set of advantages, and together, we'll select the one that best aligns with your specific skin goals. With the right peel and my expertise, you'll be well on your way to achieving that lifted and youthful complexion you desire!

Estheticians vs. Dermatologists: Who Can Offer What?

As your esthetician, I've got a treasure trove of effective chemical peels at my disposal, each designed to give your skin that fresh and fabulous glow you're after. Here are three popular brands estheticians commonly use:

  1. PCA Skin: Known for its comprehensive line of professional chemical peels, PCA Skin offers various formulations to address a wide range of skin concerns, from acne to aging.

  2. SkinCeuticals: A trusted name in skincare, SkinCeuticals provides estheticians with a selection of advanced chemical peels designed to target specific issues like discoloration and fine lines.

  3. Glytone: Esteemed for its glycolic acid-based products, Glytone offers estheticians an array of peels that excel at exfoliating and rejuvenating the skin's texture.

On the other hand, dermatologists wield some powerful options when it comes to chemical peels tailored for more complex issues. Here are three brands frequently utilized by dermatologists:

  1. Obagi Medical: Known for its medical-grade skincare products, Obagi Medical provides dermatologists with potent chemical peel options to treat conditions such as severe acne and hyperpigmentation.

  2. VI Aesthetics: VI Aesthetics specializes in professional chemical peels, often used by dermatologists to address concerns like deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, and acne scarring.

  3. ZO Skin Health: Founded by Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO Skin Health offers a range of medical-grade peels that dermatologists often recommend for intensive skin resurfacing and rejuvenation.

Remember, whether you're working with an esthetician or a dermatologist, the choice of peel will depend on your unique skin needs and the specific concerns you're looking to address. Together, we'll select the most suitable treatment to unveil your inner glow and leave you feeling fabulous! 

Prep and Contraindications: Always Essential

Before we dive into the world of chemical peels, it's vital to identify who may not be an ideal candidate for this treatment. While chemical peels offer tremendous benefits, they may not be suitable for everyone due to specific factors and conditions.

If you fall into any of the following categories, it may be advisable to postpone your chemical peel:

  • Pregnancy or Nursing: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are generally encouraged to delay chemical peel treatments due to potential risks associated with certain peel ingredients.

  • Recent Sun Exposure: If you've had substantial sun exposure or a sunburn in the days leading up to your scheduled peel, it's best to reschedule. Sun-exposed or sunburned skin is already sensitized and in the process of repair, and a chemical peel may exacerbate the damage.

  • Active Skin Infections: If you have an active skin infection, such as herpes, bacterial infections, or fungal conditions, it's essential to postpone your chemical peel until the infection has completely cleared. Applying peel solutions to infected skin can worsen the issue.

Now, let's discuss the optimal season for chemical peels. The perfect season for peels often falls in the cooler months, such as autumn and winter. During these seasons, there is less intense sun exposure, making it an ideal time to undergo a chemical peel. It minimizes the risk of post-peel sun damage and allows your skin to recover without the added challenge of strong UV rays. However, chemical peels can be performed throughout the year, with careful sun protection during the warmer months. Your esthetician will help you determine the best timing for your specific needs and lifestyle.

By understanding both who might not be suitable candidates for chemical peels and the ideal seasons for these treatments, you can ensure a safe, effective, and satisfying experience that aligns with your skincare objectives. Your esthetician is your trusted guide throughout this journey!

Post-Peel Aftercare: Baby Your Skin

Now, let's talk about taking care of that beautiful skin post-peel. After your session, here are some essential steps for your aftercare routine:

  1. Hydrate: Start by applying a gentle, hydrating moisturizer to your skin. This helps to lock in moisture and keep your skin supple.

  2. Sun Protection: Avoid direct sunlight and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. Your skin will be more sensitive to UV rays after the peel, so protection is a must.

  3. Avoid Harsh Products: For a few days post-peel, avoid using harsh or abrasive skincare products. Stick to gentle, soothing cleansers and moisturizers.

  4. No Picking: It might be tempting, but resist the urge to pick at any peeling skin. Let it naturally slough off.

Side Effects and What to Look For:

During the days following the peel, you may experience some temporary side effects, such as:

  • Redness: Expect some mild redness, similar to a sunburn. It should subside within a few days.

  • Flaking and Peeling: Your skin may peel as it sheds dead cells, revealing fresh skin underneath. This is a normal part of the process.

  • Mild Irritation: Some clients may experience mild itching or discomfort, which can usually be managed with a gentle moisturizer.

Remember, these side effects are part of the skin renewal process, and they will vary depending on your skin type, the peel's strength, and your specific concerns. If you ever have concerns or notice anything unusual, don't hesitate to reach out to me. Your skin will reveal a fresh, radiant complexion in the days following the peel, and I'll be here every step of the way to ensure your skincare journey is a success!

  1. Glow Getter Peel (Light/Superficial):

    • Get ready to shine bright like a diamond!
    • Average Price: $75 - $125 per session
  2. Youthful Magic Peel (Medium):

    • Wave goodbye to wrinkles and say hello to smooth!
    • Average Price: $100 - $175 per session
  3. Deep Glow Revival Peel (Deep):

    • It's time to turn back time and embrace the glow!
    • Average Price: $150 - $275 per session
  4. Peel-a-Palooza Packages:

    • Supercharge your radiance with multiple sessions.
    • Packages start at: $250 for a series of treatments
  5. Personalized Skincare Chit-Chat:

    • Let's talk about your skin goals and make magic happen!
    • Consultation Fee: Starting at $20


So there you have it, my fantastic client! The lowdown on chemical peels, from the best brands to what to expect and how to care for your skin post-peel. Now that you're armed with knowledge about chemical peels are you ready to embark on your skincare journey? Have you considered which peel might be the perfect match for your unique skin needs, and when would be the best time to schedule your peel? Feel free to reach out to me, with any questions or to begin planning your path to a radiant and refreshed complexion. Your skincare adventure awaits!!!!


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