Chemical skin peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face, neck, chest, back and hands to smooth texture, reduce scarring, even out pigmentation and remove acne blemishes and pre-cancerous growths.
Salicylic Acid Exfoliator
Salicylic acid, a Beta-Hydroxy acid, is an excellent deep cleanser. It dissolves oil and is able to penetrate and clean clogged pores. This diminishes blackheads and pimples and prevents new ones from forming. This amazing 3-4 mn procedure results in a remarkable rejuvenating effect. The skin will immediately feel smoother, softer and appear more evenly pigmented. Fine wrinkles, large pores and even acne scars will be less noticeable. You will notice increased improvement
Glycolic Exfoliation Gel 35%
Glycolic Acid, an Alpha-Hydroxy acid, is one of the most effective natural exfoliation agents known. Glycolic acid works by removing the outer layers of thickened or damaged skin, leaving a smoother and healthier appearance. It penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and increases the rate of exfoliation and new skin cell production. Glycolic acid improves dry skin, diminishes age spots and decreases fine lines and wrinkles.
Glycolic Acid Peel
Alpha Hydroxy acids are derived from fruit, hence the name “fruit acid peels”. Glycolic is one of the most popular of the fruit acid. Physicians and aestheticians do this peel in a variety of strength, from as little as 10% up to 70%.
The results vary based on the level of the “pH”. Results can also be affected by using it in conjunction with other peeling processes. It can also be used on non-facial areas such as the decolletage, hands and legs. The glycolic peels were the original “lunch time peels”.
There may be a slight redness after a treatment and can even sting a bit, but are otherwise well tolerated. Light flaking may occur, but no downtime is involved. One of the most publicized glycolic peel is the Refinity Peel. This pre mixed peel contains a natural anti-inflammatory, which makes the peel even less irritating. Results are best when the peel is used in series.
The cost can range from $85-125.00, per treatment. Glycolic peels effect the epidermis and upper dermis so some collagen stimulation and perceived tightening may occur.
Micropeel / Micropeel Plus
Micro Peel Plus/Beta Lift Peel
Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy acid and is found in aspirin. It has been used since 1980 in common peels. The common solution used varies between 15-30%. It too can be used on multiple areas of the body. One of the most common commercial peels utilizing this acid as a base is the Micro Peel Plus. The best results are achieved from a series of treatments. It is suggested every three to four weeks depending on the patient’s skin condition/disorder. The Salicylic peel works on the epidermis only. This is particularly good at treating acute acne or acne scaring because salicylic acid exfoliates the impurities from the inside of the pores. Like the glycolic peels, this treatment has no downtime. Some patients experience the salicylic acid peels to be a bit more irritating and a bit more drying.
The costs are similar to the glycolics, ranging from $80.00 to $100.00, per treatment.
While the Micro Peel sounds similar to the Micro Peel Plus, it is completely different. While it still qualifies as a “lunch time peel”, there is no salicylic acid used. The patient’s face is cleansed, then a dermaplaning procedure is performed. Dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation using a sharp instrument. This process is incredibly pleasant, leaving the skin feeling fresh and new. If the patient suffers from active (weeping) acne, or has multiple wrinkling of the skin, the dermaplaning procedure is replaced with an application of pure (papaya) enzyme. After dermaplaning or pure enzyme procedure, the epidermis is treated with an application of 20% – 30% glycolic acid or lactic acid.
The cost for this peel while often one of the most time-consuming is often the least expensive. Prices range from $55.00 to $100.00, per treatment.
Pigment Peel Plus
This is similar to the Blue Peel. Ask us which of the two may be more appropriate for you.
Retinoic Acid Peel
Liquid Retinoic Peel
This is one of the most beneficial and rewarding of the “lunch time peels”. By now most people are familiar with RetinA, a vitamin A derivative. Retinoic acid is essentially a liquid version of the same. This peel can be applied alone after a thorough cleansing or it may be proceeded by a treatment of microdermabrasion. Considering all of the acids discussed thus far, this irritates the skin the least during and post application. But don’t be fooled, this peel gives amazing results, with flaking/peeling lasting up to 5 days. Performed in a series, this peel can improve the surface texture, even-out skin tone, and decrease the appearance of fine wrinkles. The patient leaves the office with a slight yellow cast to their skin as the Retinoic acid remains on the patients’ face when they leave the office. The patient will cleanse the face 3 – 4 hours later.
The cost for this peel ranges from $85.00 to $100.00, per treatment. When combined with microdermabrasion it runs about $185.00, per treatment.
This is the newest of the “lunch time peels” and consists of three acids used in conjunction. They are beta salicylic, lactic, and Retinoic. This combines the benefits of many of the other peels already discussed. This peel can achieve dramatic results with significant improvement in epidermal texture and tone, lessening of superficial lines and generally a healthier and more youthful look. While flaking occurs with this peel as well, there is no true down time. This peel has been clinically proven to help pigmentation problems fade, to improve texture, and to stimulate collagen production in the cells underneath the skin surface. This is also useful to treat active acne and acne scarring.
Prices for this peel range from $135.00 to $180.00 per treatment.
Vitalize Peels before and after photos