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Chemical Peels

What is
Chemical Peels?

Few people have perfect skin. However, some of us sometimes experience more complex issues than just an occasional pimple. If your skin has been damaged by severe acne, sun exposure, or other conditions, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance. Chemical peels can help.

Chemical peels are non-invasive cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of skin not just on the face, but also the neck, legs, arms, or body, with the exception of sensitive areas such as near the eyes or on the genitals. By exfoliating the uppermost layers of skin, a chemical peel can reduce the appearance of skin abnormalities, revealing the smooth, healthy skin below. Chemical peels can also promote collagen production.

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How are Chemical Peels
Performed?

Our skin naturally sheds layers and produces new ones throughout our life. However, this doesn't occur in a uniform manner, which can leave skin uneven, blotchy, and even rough in spots. In addition, blemishes and wrinkles are not improved by this natural process. That's where chemical peels come in.

A chemical peel is composed of an acid-based solution that is applied to the skin. The acids in the solution exfoliate the skin by chemically weakening the bonds that hold skin cells together, loosening the uppermost layers of the skin. This will allow those layers to easily be removed, revealing healthy, smooth, new skin below. This process can also boost the growth of new skin cells and encourage the production of collagen, which is vital for the skin's firmness.

The name chemical peel can be a bit misleading. Not all chemical peels cause the skin to peel. Some acids treat the skin by peeling it at the microscopic level. Also, you may experience different results depending on your skin type. Those with thicker, oilier skin may not peel much at all, while those who have thin, more sensitive skin may peel a lot.

During your chemical peel procedure, our medical aesthetician will apply the chemical peel solution to the area of skin to be treated, and then gently remove the dead skin cells. Chemical peel treatments usually last less than an hour, depending on the area of your body you're having treated. All chemical peels are performed on an outpatient basis. You may see results after just one treatment, but depending on the severity of your skin condition, multiple treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results.

Immediately following a chemical peel, your skin will be sensitive to sun exposure. You may also experience redness, crusting and flaking of your skin. This is completely normal, and will only last a few days, or possibly a couple of weeks, depending on the strength of the peel. Once the treated skin has flaked off, beautiful, new skin with fewer blemishes, wrinkles and blotches will be revealed. If you properly care for your newly revealed, healthy skin, you can achieve long-lasting results.

Chemical peels are not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.

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If you’re dealing with skin discoloration, fine lines, or age spots, a chemical peel may help restore your skin to its previous youthful beauty. Come in to see us, and we’ll discuss your options and answer your questions. When you come in for your FREE consultation, we’ll discuss your skin concerns with you, and examine your target area to determine how to achieve the best results for you.
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Glow Peel by
Alumier MD®

At TCC, we offer Glow Peel by Alumier MD®, a high-quality peel that addresses:
  • Discoloration
  • Acne
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Signs of Aging
Glow Peel is a light- to medium-depth peel as it exfoliates multiple levels of the epidermis, and can penetrate down to the papillary dermis (the uppermost layer of the dermis), if necessary. It’s safe for all skin types on the Fitzpatrick Scale. It can also be customized to your specific needs based on your skin type and the issue you want to correct. We do this by adjusting the strength of the peel through the number of layers applied.

The Alumier MD® Glow Peel contains three key ingredients:

  • 7% lactic acid – an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that exfoliates the skin
  • 7% salicylic acid – a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin
  • 7% resorcinol – a chemical that breaks down rough, scaly skin, and treats acne

This combination of ingredients is strong enough to provide effective treatment, yet gentle enough to require minimal downtime.

For complete skin revitalization, chemical peel treatments can be combined with other anti-aging, non-surgical procedures we perform. In addition, to maintain your results for a longer period of time, we recommend following your treatments with the high-quality Alumier MD® products available here at TCC.

After Your
Chemical Peel

To ensure optimal results and avoid complications, it’s important for you to follow your aesthetician’s instructions, and properly care for your skin after you’ve had a chemical peel.

To help you with your aftercare, we include a Post-Peel Prescription with your Alumier MD® Glow Peel. To help calm, soothe and protect your skin for the few couple days immediately following your chemical peel, this kit contains three high-quality products:

  • Hydrating Cleanser
  • Soothing Recovery Cream
  • Gentle Sunscreen

Chemical Peel Timeline

After your chemical peel procedure, you can expect to see the following results at these intervals:

The First 8 – 12 Hours
When you leave the clinic after your chemical peel, you may have a slight yellow tinge or overt shine to your face. You will not be able to wash your face until the next morning, as the peel needs to remain on your skin for a minimum of eight hours to be fully effective.

The next day (or later that evening, depending on what time your peel was applied), you’ll cleanse the treated area with a dime-sized amount of the Alumier MD® Cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry. Do not scrub.

Next, apply a nickel-sized amount of Alumier MD® Recovery Cream to help inhibit redness and inflammation. If you’ll be outside during the day, apply the Alumier MD® Sunscreen for broad-spectrum UV protection. Throughout the day, you can reapply the Recovery Cream and sunscreen as necessary to keep your skin protected and comfortable.

24 – 48 Hours
The skin on your treated area will begin to feel very dry and tight. You may observe some spontaneous peeling. If you had the chemical peel on your face, the peeling will usually start around your mouth, but it can start on any area of your face. Your skin may also turn brown, become tight, and then peel. During this entire period, and through all of these events, it’s very important to keep your skin hydrated.

3 – 7 Days
Your skin will continue to peel. DO NOT PICK OR PULL AT YOUR SKIN. This can cause skin discoloration, and/or scarring.

If you experience blistering, apply polysporin—an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment or cream—and return to the clinic so your aesthetician can assess your condition. You may also experience acne breakouts, and/or continued redness in the treated area. You will continue to peel up to seven days or more after your chemical peel is performed.

7 – 10 Days and Beyond
Once your skin has stopped peeling, you’ll see clear, healthy, new skin on the treated area. We highly recommend you continue to keep your skin hydrated, and protect it with sunscreen to avoid damaging your newly revealed skin.

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