So, what’s a chemical peel anyways?
Tyler Mason Salon Spa’s lead Esthetician, Lori Rundle, answers some of our guests’ questions about chemical peels.
Why would I need a chemical peel?
Peels are an effective tool to address aging skin problems such as fine lines, poor texture or enlarged pores, as well as acne scarring, hyper-pigmentation and sun damage.
How are peels different than other facials I’ve had at the spa?
A chemical peel exfoliates the skin on a deeper level than a topical exfoliation. Light chemical peels can provide dramatic results on middle-aged to more mature guests who haven’t been exfoliating. They can also be good for unclogging pores and increasing cell turnover on acneic skin. These light chemical peels are usually done in a series of four to six, a week or two apart.
What is the difference between a spa’s chemical peel facial and one I’d get at a doctor’s or plastic surgeon’s office?
There is a wide range of chemical peels and they peel to different depths: very superficial, superficial, moderate, and deep. The depth of the peel is determined by three factors: how acidic it is (also known as the ph), the percentage or strength of the peel (20 vs. 70 percent glycolic) and how long it stays on the skin.
Moderate to deep peels can reach into the dermis, or living part of the skin. Because they have a doctor on staff, medical spas generally offer more aggressive peels, including “moderate” peels like TCA (trichloroacetic acid) and 60-70% glycolic peels.
Deep peels are limited to phenol peels, the strongest of the chemical solutions, and should only be performed in a plastic surgeon’s office. While it has the potential to have the most dramatic results, there are more risks, and you need to be prepared for a week to ten days of downtime as new skin forms.
The chemical peel offered at Tyler Mason and other day spas are classified as “very superficial” and “superficial” peels, because licensed estheticians can only work on the skin’s epidermis. But just because they are “superficial” doesn’t mean you won’t have results. The glycolic peel is a gentle but effective way to smoother, softer skin. Our glycolic peel using Comfort Zone products, allows you to experience medical strength alpha-hydroxy acids without the irritation commonly associated with glycolic peels and is highly recommended for acne prone skin. This treatment can reduce the appearance of fine lines, while visibly improving your skin color, tone, and texture.
What does a Tyler Mason chemical peel feel like? Will it hurt?
During a chemical peel, most people feel a light burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging and itching sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may ease that stinging.
What is the glycolic peel’s aftercare like? Will I have to be off work or will my skin peel?
There is no recovery time and no one is likely to notice you had the treatment once you are done except for the compliments you’ll receive on your skin. You may require six to ten chemical peels to achieve the best results.
Why is winter a better time to get a chemical peel?
Peels are intended to deeply exfoliate which causes you to burn more easily so avoiding sun exposure is important. Most people are less likely to be in direct sun for extended periods of time in the winter here in Indiana, making it the perfect time to try all of our fall/winter menu treatments, specifically designed for our Midwest weather.
Our winter chemical peel series allows you to purchase 4 of these 30 minute services for the price of 3 – so you’re getting one FREE! If you’ve ever thought about trying one or want to do it again, then now is the perfect time to receive these services. Call us at 317-271-3330 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule yours today.