Do I need a facial peel?

Do I need a facial peel?

Facial peels are a popular service because of the quick results it can provide.  Here aree answers to some common questions about facial peels.

What is a peel?

A peel, also commonly known as a chemical peel, is a way to exfoliate the skin using a variety of substances that are acid based.  They vary in concentration and pH, which determines their effect on your skin.  They can be made from a single acid - glycolic, mandelic, retinol, lactic, salicylic, gluconolactone, etc.  or they can be a blend of acids.

But a peel does not have to be an acid.  Other chemical peels can be enzymes, spicules and infusions.

Either way, a peel is a exfoliator.  The various types may work in different ways, but they are used to peel away dullness, unclog pores, improve penetration of nutrients, smooth texture and wrinkles, firm up sagging skin.   Even one peel provides noticeable benefits to your skin.

How peels are done at Calm Beauty?

The first step is to determine if a peel is right for you through an in-depth consultation.  We'll discuss your skin care goals, timeline, health history, current medications, lifestyle and skin care regimen to see if it's a good fit for you.

Then a peel method can be chosen that will meet your goals and minimize risks.  For example, there are some peels that are better for dark spots, dry skin, oily skin, fine lines, acne, etc.

Does a peel hurt?

A peel is a liquid or gel that is applied to your skin.  It can feel warm, tingly or itchy.   The level of sensation is dictated by the strength of the peel, the amount of time it's left on, what procedures were done before the peel was applied, and the sensitivity level of your skin.

Is a peel right for you?

There are circumstances when a peel isn't right for you.  Certain health conditions are contraindicated for peels, meaning that a peel shouldn't be performed or performed with great restraint and care.  Example include;

- pregnancy and nursing because of the concern about effects on your baby

- cancer, because cancer treatments can make skin more fragile

- diabetes, because of potentially impaired sensation

There are more, but these are a few examples to illustrate that the health and medication history should be evaluated prior to a peel.

Peels also don't work well with various medications like steroids, antibiotics, allergy medicines, drugs that make the skin thinner and exfoliating types of medicines like Tretinoin.

What to do after your peel 

After a peel it is important to be gentle and protective of your skin.  Each peel is different, and your esthetician will advise you what steps to take and what not to do after your peel.  In general, a mineral sunscreen is needed to protect the freshly peeled skin, and home care products should be gentle, not treatment oriented, in the days following the facial peel service.

Book an appointment for a facial peel

Facial peels can be a part of a program of skin improvement, and should be discussed with your esthetician.  After booking your appointment at Calm Beauty, you'll receive a New Client Form to complete before your visit so we can provide advise on if a facial peel is right for you.  Click for an appointment.


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