Chemical peels are a type of skin-resurfacing procedure used to reduce sun spots, age spots, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin texture, and scars. A chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The new skin revealed is fresh, smooth and younger looking.
At Evolution MedSpa, we provide various levels of facial chemical peels ranging from Superficial to Medium-Deep.
Superficial peels, such as glycolic and lactic acid peels are the most mild, and are used to treat very fine lines, dehydrated skin, mild pigmentation and acne. Lactic acid peels are hydrating and brightening, while glycolic peels, due to their larger molecular structure, penetrate more quickly and deeper.
Salicylic peels are another type of superficial peel that is known to work well on oily skin types, helping to control oil production on acne prone skin. Salicylic acid is known to treat deeper and has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and irritation.
The most frequently used Medium-Deep peel is Trichloroacetic acid. TCA peels are available in varying strengths and combinations and are a great option for treating advanced skin pigmentation, deeper wrinkles, and acne scarring.
The best way to determine your chemical peel treatment options is to meet with one of our licensed estheticians. Contact us today for your free consultation and be sure to ask about our combination chemical peel solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions
During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation for about 5-10 minutes followed by a stinging sensation. Depending on the type of solution being used, a neutralizer may be applied to reduce burning. Some chemical peels are self neutralizing. Putting cold compresses on the skin may ease that stinging.
Your skin’s condition after a chemical peel will depend on the type and strength of chemical peel you receive. After 24 hours your skin will feel tighter and more red than usual. Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after application and can last for 2-5 days.
A gentle cleanser should be used following your treatment. Scrubbing should be avoided while peeling. A hydrating moisturizer should be used twice daily or however many times necessary to relieve dryness and reduce peeling. A sunblock should be worn daily and prolonged sun exposure should be avoided for the week following your peel.
PCA Skin Peel
The skin-care brand PCA Skin offers a line of professional, in-office chemical peels. PCA (short for Physicians Care Alliance) was among the first to take a Jessner’s peel—a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and an antiseptic exfoliant called resorcinol that dissolves dead skin cells and addresses acne and skin discoloration—and enhance it with other ingredients.
Its proprietary professional treatment solutions include ingredients like azelaic acid, kojic acid, citric acid, vitamin C, and hydroquinone, to address a wider variety of concerns and a range of skin types.
Their exfoliating blends are intended to speed skin cell turnover, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, clear breakouts, calm rosacea, and improve hyperpigmentation, including melasma—overall improving skin texture and tone.
Most PCA Skin peel solutions are self-neutralizing, so they can be left on skin without rinsing or adding a neutralizing solution.
The namesake PCA Peel powers its exfoliation ability with 14% lactic acid and 14% salicylic acid. Some PCA Skin peels contain trichloroacetic acid (TCA), a light- to medium-depth peeling agent that’s also highlighted in the popular TCA peel.
The concentration varies, with the gentler Sensi Peel at just 6% TCA and the Ultra Peel Forte at 20% (recommended only for resilient skin types). Others, such as the 6% Pure Retinol Peel, forgo TCA entirely in favor of retinol.
There are a number of different PCA Skin peel solutions with various strengths, so it’s easy for your doctor or aesthetician to find the right match for your skin.
- There’s little to no downtime involved, and you can go about your day immediately after it’s applied.
- While a series of peels is recommended, improvements (like your skin brightening and developing a healthy glow) are usually visible after one treatment.
- The peel solution can be customized to address your unique concerns and skin type.
Before & after results
Diminishing the damage
85% of visible aging can be attributed to external factors, such as sun exposure. Sun damage causes the breakdown of the skin’s support structure leading to fine lines and wrinkles. When treating visible aging, it is important to use products that treat existing damage and prevent future damage. It is ideal to have a thorough skin consultation with a PCA Certified Professional to determine the right customized daily regimen for your unique skin.
Get even with your skin
Discoloration is a condition manifested in darkened areas of the skin caused by sun damage, hormone shifts or skin injuries. It is important to see a clinician before starting a regimen to treat discolorations in the skin as certain ingredients in high percentages can cause further irritation or darkening to occur.
A sensitive subject
Sensitive skin conditions include: dermatitis — commonly referred to as eczema — rosacea and psoriasis. Those with sensitive skin often show symptoms of irritation, discomfort, bumps, redness and inflammation. It isn’t always clear what specific factors lead to these conditions. Sensitive skin is unique to each person, making it necessary to see a PCA Certified Professional before starting a treatment plan.
**Results may vary. We are reputable for complete customer satisfaction for completed treatments. Before & After images reflect real results from real patients, although individual results may vary. No treatment is promised to provide permanent results. A guarantee is neither provided nor implied. Statements estimating treatment duration and the number of treatments required are bases on the typical experience of our patients, however individual experiences may vary.