There are many chemical peels available, so how can you determine which is the best for you? Schedule a complimentary consultation at VIDA today! Our team is led by Medical Director Dr. Glen Jarosz, who personally trains every staff member including our CAE-certified estheticians. There are many types of chemical peels that reach various depths, and some are even designed for specific skin tones. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your skin concerns, goals, and create a customized treatment plan that is safe and highly effective.
One of the most popular types of chemical peels is called superficial. This is a great depth to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, clear acne breakouts while reducing the visibility of acne scaring, and generally improve skin tone and texture. Chemical peels at this depth are fantastic at minimizing the appearance of hyperpigmentation from sun damage, and these are so light that they can be added on to other treatments like microdermabrasion and dermaplaning for maximum effect.
Types of Superficial Peels
Also called light peels, PCA and SkinMedica’s Vitalize or Rejuvenize peels fall into this category. The PCA Peel was created to clear and improve the skin, and it can be used on all skin tones. This peel also encourages skin cell turnover (which is also how retinol works) and gently exfoliates away dead skin cells at the same time. In the days following a PCA Peel, you’ll notice the results of new skin cells with a vibrant, healthy glow.
Chemical peels by SkinMedica enhances the radiancy of the skin—and with nearly no downtime! Clients can look a little pink after a peel, as if they got some sun during their lunch break, but both the superficial and medium peels have most clients continuing about their daily lives after their treatment without a problem. The original SkinMedica superficial peel was Vitalize, and Rejuvenize just took the original one step further. You can use both to treat mild skin concerns, resulting in clearer and smoother skin. These two SkinMedica peels can also be used on any skin type, and are especially popular for treating fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Peels on Another Level
There is a treatment called Microderm-Peel, which isn’t a different kind of peel at all but rather microdermabrasion paired with a superficial peel. VIDA features the DiamondTone device for microdermabrasion, which gently removes dead skin cells with a genuine diamond tip.
The dermaplaning-peel is similar, but starts with a dermaplaning treatment and then follows up with a superficial peel. Removing the peach fuzz and debris from the skin’s surface first allows for better penetration of a superficial chemical peel or any topical treatment. It also gives you an added boost of exfoliation.
Medium and Medium-Deep Peels
If your skin requires something a little more aggressive, a medium or medium-deep peel might be for you. Julie Miller, RN, is the only expert at VIDA who performs peels at this depth and she has been doing so for 35+ years. A TCA Peel is one of the most-requested medium chemical peels, and it uses a non-toxic chemical that has been included in peels for 20+ years. It is fantastic at minimizing wrinkles, brown spots, and smoothing out “etched” skin. Most clients benefit from a medium-depth TCA peel 1 – 2 times per year to sustain results.
There’s also the Jessner Peel, an amazing peel for minimizing hyperpigmentation. Most clients benefit from a retinoic acid following this peel to help it better penetrate the skin. This type of peel works by breaking up the skin cells that are “sticking” together and causing unwanted skin issues. With any medium or medium-deep chemical peel, you can expect actual peeling in the two weeks following the treatment. However, the peeling is not intense and usually looks like a light sunburn. Masks are a great means of hiding much of the peeling process, too!
To learn more about the chemical peels available at VIDA, schedule your complimentary consultation today. Connect with VIDA by filling out the online form or calling the office at (503) 399-0021.