What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a professional treatment used to improve the texture and smooth the skin. Chemical peels remove the outermost layers of the skin; they are typically applied to the back of the hands, face, neck, chest, and back. Chemical peels are one of the most effective ways to improve the texture of the skin’s surface. Patients love them because they give the skin a healthy glow while deep cleaning the pores and exfoliating away dead skin for a natural glow.

Are chemical peels safe?

When performed by trained medical professionals, chemical peels are extremely safe. They are one of the most effective ways to renew and regenerate healthy skin. They are also one of the best treatments available to maintain healthy skin. Simply put, chemical peels give the skin a healthy, youthful glow and renew the skin’s surface. In addition, chemical peels can unclog pores, remove dead skin cells, and bring healthy skin cells to the surface.

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How does a chemical peel work?

A lot of people fear chemical peels because it sounds like a harsh skin treatment. The truth is chemical peels help the skin accomplish what it does naturally, only better. With age, the skin does not renew itself as well as it did before. Peels gently remove the top layer of damaged skin to promote the growth of new healthy skin. This process aids in increased collagen production and improves the efficacy of your current skincare routine. Beyond that, chemical peels can address several skin conditions and concerns, including but not limited to acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and even rosacea.

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Chemical Peel FAQs

Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?

The ideal candidate is in good overall health, a non-smoker, and wants to treat minor skin conditions and refresh the skin on the face. 

Chemical peels should not be performed on pregnant or nursing women. In addition, you should avoid chemical peels if you have taken Accutane within the last six months, tend to develop cold sores, are on certain antibiotics, are undergoing cancer treatments, or suffer from an autoimmune disease.

Strong chemical peels can sometimes cause hyperpigmentation, and your provider should take certain precautions on patients with darker skin tones. The talented medical staff at Coastal Aesthetics will help you determine if you are a good candidate during your consultation.

What are the benefits of getting a chemical peel?

Many benefits come with receiving a chemical peel:

  1. They improve the texture of the skin and increase the skin’s cell turnover rate.
  2. Regular chemical peels can help the skin produce more collagen and reduce fine lines. In addition, chemical peels can reduce hyperpigmentation and unclog pores to clear up acne.
  3. Peels leave the skin smooth, provide a more even tone, and even improve minor scarring.
What are the target areas for chemical peels?

Chemical peels are most commonly applied to the face, neck, and even the backs of hands. They can help reduce or improve the fine lines under the eyes around the mouth. In addition, certain types of peels can treat mild acne and scarring, sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, and uneven skin pigmentation. You can also use them to treat rough skin, scaly patches, and dull complexions. 

During your consultation, we’ll determine the necessary depth of your peel. This decision can vary depending on the condition of your skin and the objectives for your treatments; we might also be able to educate you on additional therapies that could provide you with optimal results.

What should I expect during my service?

During your initial consultation, you’ll discuss any preparation steps you’ll need to take before your peel. Once you arrive, your aesthetician will cleanse your skin before the peel is applied. Cleansing is an important step that ensures the peel can penetrate the layers of your skin correctly.

Your customized peel will be brushed onto the skin by a professional; it’s common to experience some warmth over the treatment area. Sometimes patients report slight discomfort during the application as the chemicals begin to work. Any itchiness, tingling, or burning is normal and will stop as soon as the peel is neutralized. Our priority is your results and comfort throughout your entire treatment.  

What is recovery like? Are there any side effects?

The biggest issue to consider when planning recovery from a chemical peel is sun sensitivity. It’s essential to apply sunscreen and avoid situations where you’ll continuously expose the skin to the sun. 

You might notice that your skin feels tight and dry. At the same time, it might remain a bit red for a few hours immediately following your peel. The sloughing off of dead skin cells will begin approximately 3-5 days following your peel. This stage can vary depending on the depth of the chemical peel. If you do not notice any skin shedding or flaking, don’t worry, that is normal. Some patients report mild itching as well. However, overall recovery is usually mild, and the results make the temporary discomfort worth it. 

Your customized peel will be brushed onto the skin by a professional; it’s common to experience some warmth over the treatment area. Sometimes patients report slight discomfort during the application as the chemicals begin to work. Any itchiness, tingling, or burning is normal and will stop as soon as the peel is neutralized. Our priority is your results and comfort throughout your entire treatment.  

How many treatments should I get?

The talented medical staff at Coastal will help you set an ideal treatment plan for optimal results. Depending on the reason for your peel, treatment options might differ. For example, some patients prefer to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks. However, if you suffer from skin conditions like acne, a customized peel treatment plan might require more frequent treatments. 

Patients who desire a dramatic skin refresh might choose to buy a series of custom peels to achieve their results. Some patients prefer to combine a chemical peel with other treatments, such as microdermabrasion treatments. The best plan is to book a consultation and talk to us about your treatment goal, and we can customize a personal treatment plan to provide you with optimal results.

Why should I choose Coastal Aesthetics for
my chemical peel?

Since 2017, Kimberlee Smith and her team have been serving the coastal York, Maine community. Patients love working with the staff at Coastal due to their acute attention to detail, precision treatment, and attentive patient care. The Coastal team seeks to improve upon your natural beauty. We have a reputation for excellence, and we can’t wait for you to see for yourself. 

Kimberlee’s medical background started in the hospital with Urgent Care. When she transitioned into aesthetics, she received advanced training at the Esthetics Skin Institute and National Laser Institute in Boston, MA. She has also earned the elite status of Master Injector from the prestigious Allergan company. Quality service and patient care are her primary concerns, which is why she only works with the best of the best. You’re going to love the whole Coastal team.  

Are you ready to see what a difference Coastal Aesthetics can make for you? We want you to look and feel your best. When you come in for your consultation, you’ll be able to ask any questions you have, and our professional staff will help you establish a treatment plan for optimal results. You won’t be disappointed. Call us now to book your consultation and start your journey to a better you today!

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