Chemical Peels: Pricing, Process, & Aftercare

There are several types of skin resurfacing treatments out there with different benefits, risks and pre qualifications. This type of treatment is the best way to combat signs of aging, bring back that natural glow and see bright skin.

WHAT TYPES OF SKIN RESURFACING TREATMENTS ARE THERE?

The top 7 skin resurfacing treatments include:

  1. Microneedling
  2. Laser treatments
  3. Microdermabrasion
  4. Hydrodermabrasion
  5. Dermabrasion
  6. IPL Photofacials
  7. Chemical peels

THE BEST TREATMENT FOR PIGMENTATION CONCERNS

Our esthetician Farah suggests scheduling a chemical peel when you’re looking to address pigmentation issues.

Some other skin conditions that lead people to choose a chemical peel include:

  • Acne
  • Acne Scars
  • Sun Damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Discoloration/Odd Pigmentation
  • Uneven Textures

    Natural clean skin woman face

THE BENEFITS OF A CHEMICAL PEEL

We love that there are varying depths of chemical peels. This allows you to choose just how much work you want done and how much recovery time you’ll have. Peels can be light, medium, or deep:

  • Light Chemical Peel {Illuminize} – These superficial peels remove the outer layer of your skin (epidermis). Good for wrinkles, acne, and uneven skin tones.
  • Medium Chemical Peel {Vitalize} – Great for deep wrinkles and acne scars, medium chemical peels remove the epidermis plus the upper portion of your middle layer (the dermis).
  • Deep Chemical Peel {Rejuvenize} – Removes the skin cells deeper into the epidermis. Recommended for even deeper wrinkles, scars, and precancerous growths.

Chemical peels effectively undo the damage your face has endured from sunburns, acne, sun damage and damaging habits like smoking, excess sugar intake and unchecked chronic stress.

Finally, chemical peels are also a cost efficient option for those looking to add anti aging treatments to a limited budget.

HOW DO CHEMICAL PEELS WORK?

First of all, you do not need to become an expert in skincare to schedule a chemical peel! Your esthetician will work with you to determine what chemical peel is best to treat your concerns.

Chemical peels raise the acidity of the skin to loosen the cells that create a “glue” between the dead and healthy skin.

Once you have that bond loosened, your skin will naturally turn over the dead skin (hence the name peel) revealing healthy, new skin cells underneath. The reaction of the peel depends on the intensity and type of product your esthetician will use.

Chemical Peeling Facial Beauty Treatment.

CHEMICAL PEEL PROCESS

Please note that the intensity of this process depends on the level of depth you choose to effect. We’ll talk about after care in the last section of this post. For now,

  • Day One: It starts out feeling like sunburn and you will have a slightly reddish face.
  • Day Two: The peeling will begin around parts of the face with the most movement.
  • Day Three: Peeling will move towards your cheeks and forehead area.
  • Day Four: It becomes itchiest around the eyes and your face will start to peel completely.
  • Day Five: Peeling will begin on the sides of your face and anywhere else the chemical peel was applied.
  • Day Six: The peeling process should be coming to an end. Simply continue to moisturize.

HOW MUCH DO CHEMICAL PEELS COST?

Depending on the spa, provider and type of peel, chemical peels range from a light to deep peel and you have the chance of paying anywhere from $150 to $3000.

You will almost always pay out of pocket for this treatment as it’s considered cosmetic. Some practices will use anesthesia for their deepest peels.

At Valley Dermatology, our prices are as follows:

  • Light Chemical Peel {Illuminize} – $125
  • Medium Chemical Peel {Vitalize} – $195
  • Deep Chemical Peel {Rejuvenize} – $260

TCA Chemical Peel Treatment.

AFTER CARE FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL

Depending on the depth of your peel you can expect a 1-12 week full recovery time. You should not expect pain but you may feel tightness, dryness and a bit itchy.

Top 10 Chemical Peel After Care Tips

  1. Do not pick at your skin! (this can cause scarring)
  2. Stay out of the sun as much as you can
  3. Apply sunscreen liberally
  4. Apply enough moisturizer to not let your face dry out (but not too much!)
  5. Use a cold compress if you’re feeling extra tight or red
  6. Do not be tempted to manually exfoliate
  7. Expect beautiful results in time

Overall, chemical peels are a great way to refresh and restore skin, help with pigmentation issues and address acne concerns.

If you have any more questions, schedule a consultation with our esthetician Farah! We’d be happy to help you create the perfect treatment plan for the best results