Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a powerful, customizable treatment designed to reveal brighter, smoother, and more youthful skin by gently removing the damaged outer layers with a specialized chemical solution.

Chemical Peels for fine lines wrinkles sun damage skin tone

Chemical Peels in the US

Chemical peels are a popular cosmetic procedure in which a customized acid solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers.  The process of peeling off the top layers of the skin stimulates the production of new skin cells, resulting in smoother, healthier, and more youthful-looking skin.  This process can improve the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, age spots, acne scars, and uneven skin tone.

Chemical Peels by the Numbers

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Types of Chemical Peels

The type of acid used in the chemical peel solution and the acid’s concentration determine the peel’s depth.  Superficial peels use mild acids such as glycolic or lactic acid and only remove the topmost layer of skin, while medium and deep peels use stronger acids such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or phenol and penetrate deeper into the skin.

Who is a candidate for chemical peels?

Chemical peels can be beneficial for people who have concerns about skin texture, tone, and clarity.  They can enhance the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, acne scars, and uneven skin tone.

However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for chemical peels.  Individuals with specific skin conditions, such as eczema, active acne, rosacea, or open wounds, should avoid chemical peels.  Those with a history of keloid scarring, excessively sensitive skin, or those who have recently used isotretinoin (Accutane) should also avoid chemical peels.

It is important to note that chemical peels should only be delivered by a licensed medical professional, such as State-Licensed Aesthetician.  Before undergoing a chemical peel, it is vital to discuss your goals with one of our aesthetic professionals and determine which peel is best for your specific skin type and concerns.

In general, chemical peels are considered safe when performed by a professional.  However, like any medical procedure, they can come with potential side effects such as redness, swelling, itching, and discoloration.  It is key to follow aftercare instructions carefully to minimize the risk of complications.

Our Chemical Peels

Blue Ridge Dermatology uses only high-quality chemical peels from reputable companies.  One of our peel offerings are VI Peels from the Vitality Institute. 

VI Peels are a type of chemical peel that uses a combination of ingredients to improve the appearance of the skin.  There are several different types of VI Peels, each designed to address specific skin concerns:

  1. VI Peel Precision Plus – designed to address hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and aging skin
  2. VI Peel with Precision – a stronger version of the Precision Plus, designed to target deeper skin concerns
  3. VI Peel with Purify – designed to improve acne-prone skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars
  4. VI Peel with Precision Plus and Purify – a combination of the Precision Plus and Purify peels designed to address both hyperpigmentation and acne
  5. VI Peel with Essential – designed to address a wide range of skin concerns, including aging, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation

VI Peels use a combination of ingredients, including trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid, phenol, and vitamin C, to penetrate deep into the skin and improve its appearance.  The specific combination of ingredients and the concentration of the ingredients used can vary depending on the type of VI Peel performed.

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What is the downtime after a chemical peel?

The downtime after a chemical peel varies depending on the type of peel and the individual’s skin.  For a superficial peel, there may be minimal downtime, with the skin appearing slightly red or irritated for a few hours.  However, for a deeper peel, there may be significant downtime, with the skin appearing red, swollen, and sensitive for several days.

After a chemical peel, protecting the skin from sun exposure is important, as it will be more sensitive to UV rays.  It is also advised to avoid picking at the skin and to follow a strict skincare routine, as directed by the medical professional who performed the peel.

The length of downtime also depends on the individual’s skin type, the type of peel, and the specific skincare routine followed after the procedure.  In general, the deeper the peel, the longer the downtime.

How many chemical peels are recommended for optimal results?

The number of chemical peels required for optimal results varies based on the individual’s skin type, skin concerns, and the type of peel performed.  For some individuals, one or two superficial peels may be sufficient to achieve the desired results.  However, for others, multiple medium-depth or deep peels may be necessary to achieve their desired outcome.

In general, multiple chemical peels spaced several weeks apart can produce more comprehensive results.  However, the number of peels necessary for optimal results can also depend on considerations such as age, skin health, and lifestyle habits, as well as the individual’s skin care regimen and overall skin health.

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Wrapping Up

At Blue Ridge Dermatology, we specialize in aesthetic treatments like chemical peels and have years of experience working with individuals to help them achieve better outcomes with these treatments.  If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels or would like to set up a consultation with one of our state-licensed aestheticians, then please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. 

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