Acid peels offers the client a professionally applied, non-surgical approach to smoother skin. The result of proper application by a skilled technician includes the removal of dead skin buildup and stimulation to deeper skin layers. Depending on the degree of skin damage, several treatments may be necessary. Over time, the client will see a reduction in wrinkles, fine lines, pore size, oily conditions, blemishes, hyperpigmentation along with changes in texture and tone.
There are three superficial treatment peels with different intensities: progressive, mid-depth, and deep peels. Progressive peels are considered the mildest treatment. This peel removes the top layer of skin: stratum corneum. Three to six peels, spaced out over one to two weeks, are suggested. There is generally no down time to this peel. Mid-depth peels affect the intra-epidermal layer. Exfoliation, in the form of light flaking, takes places two to three days after the treatment. This treatment closely resembles a sunburn peeling. This service can be done monthly for as long as needed. Deep peels restore and renew skin over a seven to ten day period. Expect a temporary brown and crusty skin appearance after three or four days of the application. These peels should occur six weeks apart with no more than three or four per year.
Acid peel formulations can be complicated and should be performed by highly trained paramedical estheticians. These individuals will answer questions and have access to cosmeceutical formulas that will soothe the redness and peeling that often occurs during deep peeling procedures. A properly trained technician will also know which peels to use for specific skin conditions such as rosacea or hyperpigmentation and whether hydration is a factor that needs consideration.