2019 Inked By Amy Shafer, LLC

Chemical Peels

 

 

 

Superficial peels remove the epidermal layers of the skin with an acid solution ranging from alpha hydroxyl, beta acids, TCA, resorcinol and retinol.

Peels work to:

  • Dry out and correct acne

  • Refine pores

  • Reduce shallow wrinkling and scarring

  • Lighten hyperpigmented areas

  • Improve the overall appearance and health of sun damaged and aging skin

 

PRIOR TO YOUR TREATMENT.

  • When scheduling, allow some down time just in case the skin exfoliation is more than expected.

  • Discontinue use of Retin A or other retinoids and AHAs for the week before and after the treatment.

  • Do not wax for the week before and after.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TREATMENT.

  • Your skin is prepared and de-fatted with a cleansing and prep solution.

  • You may experience a burning/stinging sensation and will be given a small hand-held fan.

  • The acid solutions are applied and the sensation may accelerate and last for 5-10 minutes. The sensation can range from a prickly, itchy feeling to burning, hot.

  • With deeper peels, the skin will frost to a white color for several hours and then will become pinker and eventually quite red. 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR TREATMENT.

It is impossible to predict exactly what may happen to the skin. Listed below is a general description of what to anticipate:

  • Immediately following the treatment, the skin will feel very smooth, dry, and tight.

  • There may be a color change – pink to red the first day, and then a brown tone until peeling occurs.

  • The skin will generally begin peeling in 2-3 days, however, peeling can take place for the next 7 days. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES PICK OR PEEL THE SKIN PREMATURELY. THIS MAY CAUSE HYPERPIGMENTATION, SCARRING OR INFECTION.

  • The skin does not always visibly peel. It may take 2-3 treatments for this to happen.

  • With some procedures, I recommend you do not wear makeup or do anything to the skin for two days. Wear sunscreen daily and the appropriate home care products.

 

Post-peel afterCare Instructions.

 

DAY ONE:

  • Do nothing to your skin following your treatment.

  • Avoid sun and heat exposure as well as any strenuous activity.

  • If you experience any discomfort, an over the counter pain reliever is suggested, such as Tylenol or Advil.

  • If you have any swelling, or sign of irritation, call immediately.

Swelling is a normal part of the process. The tissue has been disturbed and the skin will naturally experience some swelling. The application of a cool compress the first 24 hours may be helpful. In the case of extreme swelling you may want to take an over the counter antihistamine, such as Benadryl, unless you have been instructed otherwise by a physician.

 

DAY TWO:

  • A.M. – Cleanse with recommended cleanser (Bottle #1) and use sunscreen

  • P.M. – Cleanse (Bottle #1)

(Do not apply moisturizer to accelerate peeling)

 

DAYS 3-7:

The skin will feel dry and tight and may be slightly redder. In some cases, the skin has begun to change to a brown shade of color. This dead skin will slough away. Exfoliation will occur (mild, hardly visibly to heavy continuous peeling). Do not be concerned how much you actually peel. Many other benefits will happen.

 

  • A.M.  & P.M. – Cleanse with recommended cleanser (Bottle #1), apply Hyaluronic Acid with Growth Factors (Bottle #2), apply moisturizer (Bottle #3) to freshly exposed skin only.  

DO NOT USE AHAs BHAs, retinoids or any other corrective for at least one week.

 

DO NOT PICK OR PREMATURELY PEEL THE SKIN – THIS WILL CAUSE SURFACE SCARRING AND IRRITATION. WEAR SUNSCREEN DAILY.