What are Chemical
Chemical peels are most commonly comprised of an individual or blend
of natural acids, each with its own unique benefits for the skin.
Commonly used acids include glycolic, salicylic, TCA, lactic and
retinoic acid. The peel solution is applied topically to the skin by
a skincare professional to “peel” away the top layers of the
epidermis in order to improve specific conditions as well as the
overall health and radiance of the skin.
What are the benefits to my skin from receiving a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels have multiple benefits and can be received
individually as maintenance for your skin, or in a series of
treatments at specific intervals to address specific concerns. They
are also an excellent option to prepare your skin for a special
event. For general skincare maintenance, a chemical peel every 4-8
weeks is recommended. At MediSpa Maui, we highly recommend them
prior to light and laser treatments to prepare the skin and enhance
treatment results. Regular treatments can result in a reduction in
the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, melasma, pore size, acne
and acne scarring, as well as an overall improvement in the tone and
texture of the skin.
What can I expect when receiving a Chemical Peel?
During the application of the chemical peel you may feel a mild to
moderate itching/burning sensation depending on the strength of the
peel that you are receiving. Typically a fan is used to minimize the
sensation until it resolves. When receiving a light peel, such as
the Pumpkin Enzyme Peel or the 2% Lactic, you may only experience a
very light tingling for a few minutes. With these lighter peels you
may experience minimal flaking after the treatment if anything at
all. This is a normal reaction and your skin is still receiving the
benefits of the treatment. With a moderate peel such as the Vitalize
Peel by SkinMedica, your skin feels tight after the treatment and
peeling usually begins on day 2 or 3 and lasts for 3-5 days. The
Rejuvenize peel, also by SkinMedica, offers a higher percentage of
the active acids and peeling/flaking can last between 7-14 days. The
Micropeels by SkinCeuticals incorporate dermaplaning into the
treatment, which results in less peeling and flaking in the days
following your peel.
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PUMPKIN ENZYME PEEL: Enriched with over 100 nutrients, this
powerful antioxidant provides light exfoliation and is ideal for
sensitive skin and acne.
2% LACTIC PEEL: Ideal for sensitive skin and those unable to
tolerate glycolic acid, this mild acid also eliminates germs and
VIALIZE PEEL: One of our personal favorites, the vitalize
peel by SkinMedica is a combination of retinoic, salicylic and
glycolic acids which smooth skin texture, improve tone and diminish
superficial lines. It’s great for pigmentation problems and mild
acne scarring. If you want to see smoother, brighter, healthier
looking skin, the Vitalize peel will deliver. It’s an excellent
treatment a couple weeks before an event. Expect mild to moderate
peeling beginning a few days post peel for 3-5 days. Appropriate for
all skin types.
REJUVENIZE PEEL: Once you’ve mastered the vitalize peel, the
Rejuvenize Peel by SkinMedica will take your skin even further with
a higher concentration of the active acids to promote more
exfoliation, improve skin texture, smooth and firm. Expect moderate
peeling beginning a few days post peel for up to 2 weeks.
Appropriate for most skin types.
MICROPEELS: These peels by SkinCeuticals are a three step
process that combines dermaplaning, a chemical peel solution and
cryogenic therapy. The dermaplaning gently removes the top layer of
skin and fine facial hair, the chemical peel resurfaces the skin and
stimulates collagen and the cryogenic therapy is anti-inflammatory
and anti-bacterial to calm the skin. A mild peeling or flaking can
occur a few days post peel. Appropriate for all skin types.