What are Chemical Peels & What Are They Good For?


Let’s be real: sometimes, the world of professional skin care treatments can feel a little intimidating. It can be tricky to figure out all the industry terminology, not to mention the always-evolving range of options when it comes to your best-fit treatment. 

But that’s where we come in. Think of us as your beautiful BFFs, the ones that are here to answer every question you can think of. Today, we’re giving you a crash course in chemical peels, one of the top go-to treatments for gorgeous, glowing skin. 

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are a category of advanced skincare treatments that can be used to improve the appearance of your face, neck, and hands. Chemical peels work by using various acids (with specific acid strengths for certain skincare goals) to induce a healthy peeling process in your skin.

Do chemical peels hurt, and are they safe?

When you first hear “chemical peel,” you might assume that it’s a seriously intense (and maybe even painful) treatment. Plenty of people get nervous when they hear the word “peel” because it sounds like something you wouldn’t want your skin to do. And then there’s the word “chemical” – isn’t the push for all-natural skincare based on the idea that chemicals are bad for your skin?

First things first: no, all of your skin isn’t going to peel off painfully. Your skin is made up of many layers, and chemical peels aren’t going to dissolve them all. When it comes to the chemicals that are used for peels, they’re safe for your skin and specifically formulated to deliver a long list of benefits. Many of these chemicals are actually completely natural acids that come from sources such as fruit. 

How do chemical peels work to improve skin?

As the top layer(s) of your skin peel off, a fresh layer of skin is revealed – which is why your skin will literally be baby soft! Plus, your body gets a signal to rev up its natural healing and repair processes. So, you get to enjoy the very beneficial side effect of increased production of elastin and collagen, as well as tons of cell renewal. 

How many layers of skin does a chemical peel remove?

The number of layers that will flake off after a chemical peel depends on the type and intensity of the peel you choose (we’re going to cover chemical peel types in just a moment). But at most, just the top few layers will be affected, so there’s no need to be concerned about any potential damage or major pain.

What are the Benefits of a Chemical Face Peel?

Think of the best exfoliator on the planet, and then multiply its benefits several times over… And also, add in a few other advantages that you aren’t going to get from at-home skincare products. That’s what you can look forward to when you get a chemical peel.

Chemical peels are a great option for resolving a broad range of skin concerns, including:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Scarring (including acne scars)
  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Uneven texture or tone

Types of Chemical Peels

You’ll usually see chemical peels put into three main categories, with options within those categories to suit your unique goals:

  • Superficial peels use mild acids (like alpha-hydroxy, citric, lactic, and glycolic acids) to gently exfoliate and penetrate the outermost layer of your skin. They can help improve dryness, mild acne, skin tone, and fine lines. 
  • Medium peels use medium-intensity acids (like salicylic and trichloroacetic acids) to reach both the outmost and middle layers of skin. These peels, sometimes called TCA peels, work for repairing skin damage, deeper wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation issues, and acne scarring.
  • Deep peels typically use phenol or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to completely penetrate through to the middle layer, helping repair severe skin damage.

What is the strongest skin peel?

The SkinCeuticals TCA Peel is currently one of the strongest chemical peels available, delivering dramatic results for a variety of skin tones. 

What chemical peel is best for sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin or are a chemical peel first-timer, a superficial peel is a perfect place to start. There are several peels from SkinCeuticals, including the Micropeel Sensitive, Micropeel Plus, Micropeel, and Illuminize Peel, that we would recommend in this category. 

Get that Post-Peel Glow with Chemical Peels in Phoenix at Focal Point Salon & Spa

At Focal Point Salon & Spa, we’re not just enthusiastic about beauty; we’re incredibly passionate about what feeling beautiful can do for our guests’ confidence and happiness. And once you discover the dramatic difference in your skin after a professional peel, we promise that you’ll never go back.

The soft, clear, and youthful complexion you’ve been wanting is just a chemical peel away. Why would you waste any more time not totally loving the skin that you’re in? Book your appointment for a chemical peel consultation at Focal Point today!

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