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CHEMICAL PEELS

Regenerate your skin  The chemical peel removes one layer of dead skin by applying a chemical  product which will help you have a glow. This process will help you look  younger by removing wrinkles and creating smooth looking new skin.

WHY ARE CHEMICAL PEELS IMPORTANT?

Chemical peels are an important part of skin health. As an effective treatment option for most skin types and concerns, they improve tone, texture, fine lines and wrinkles, breakouts and dark spots. The post-peel reality is a glowing, healthy complexion. Here’s everything you need to know before your first PCA SKIN chemical peel:
Peeling is exfoliation. When your skin peels or flakes after a treatment your skin is shedding dead or damaged surface cells and revealing new, healthy skin cells on the surface. This action is called cell turnover. Supporting the cell turnover process with chemical peels is what allows the skin to shed dead cells and bring new, fresh skin to the surface, free of signs of aging, sun damage, dirt and debris. The result is glowing skin.
You won’t necessarily experience visible peeling. That doesn’t mean your treatment was ineffective. Everyone experiences different levels of peeling, dependent upon skin type, resilience, type of peel and the number of layers applied. Some people experience ‘sheeting,’ when large portions of the skin peel off at once. Some experience ‘flaking,’ when small pieces of skin peel off, similar to dry, winter skin or mild peeling after a sunburn. Others experience exfoliation that is not visible. If you don’t peel, your skin is still exfoliating. In this case, the exfoliation is happening on a cellular level that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Typically, the deeper the peel you receive, the more extensive peeling you will experience. Talk to your PCA Certified Professional to find out what type of peel is best for your skin.
Peels are easy to work into a busy lifestyle. It only takes 30 minutes -1 hour. There is no downtime with PCA SKIN chemical peels — you’ll leave your appointment with a healthy glow and able to carry on with your regular activities. There are steps to ensure that your results are maximized. Following a post-procedure regimen recommended by your PCA Certified Professional following your treatment will enhance your results and keep peeling and redness to a minimum. You should also avoid anything that causes sweating for 48 hours after treatment. Your clinician will give you more detailed instructions after your procedure, catered to your skin’s needs.

PROCESS OF A CHEMICAL PEEL

· Cleanse and tone to remove excess sebum and cell debris

· Apply appropriate peel and/or therapeutic mask

· Correct with serums to target skin problems/concerns

· Retinoid Booster optional to increase cell turnover and restore barrier function

· Hydrate apply the appropriate moisturizer to hydrate and restore pH.

*** will be sent home with a post peel kit. To insure patient gets most out of their peel.

Chemical Peel Options.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)

AHAs are a group of water-soluble carboxylic acids that work to release the glue that hold skin cells together. This allows for easier exfoliation and increased cell turnover. AHAs are thought to stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin, to strengthen the matrix and firm the skin

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA)

BHAs have the ability to penetrate into oil-filled follicles and breakdown impaction. It also functions to normalize the excess inter-follicular cell shedding that contributes to the formation of microcomedones.

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

TCA typically causes protein blanching when applied topically. It is a safe peeling agent that has been used for over 50 years. It does not absorb into the bloodstream. This acid is typically used at higher percentages by physicians for traditional chemical resurfacing procedures. When used as a single acid at high percentages, it is best for textural concerns, such as scarring and moderate to deeper wrinkles.

Retinoids

Retinoids, which are vitamin A derivatives, have many benefits for the skin. They are ingredients that have many normalizing benefits. They work to increase cell turnover and, at high percentages, act to increase post-treatment exfoliation, this is particularly important for lifting pigmentation, reducing impaction in acne patients and when treating aging skin that has a naturally slowed cell turnover cycle.

Additionally, retinoids act as melanogenesis inhibitors by preventing melanosome transfer from the melanocyte to the keratinocyte.

When patients hear the word “peel” they expect to see visible exfoliation post-treatment. PCA SKIN peels deliver excellent visible results whether or not actual visible peeling occurs. Frequently, exfoliation is at a cellular level and not apparent to the naked eye; however the peels will create a tighter and firmer complexion and appearance. PCA SKIN professional treatments are formulated to preserve, promote and protect healthy skin, regardless of whether the patient sees visible exfoliation following treatment. In today’s busy society, this progressive, rather than aggressive, approach is advantageous, as patients will experience minimal downtime yet still have outstanding results.