What is glycolic acid and how does it work?

Glycolic acid is a peeling agent made from sugar cane. Once it penetrates the outer skin, it helps to rebuild collagen, which improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin's surface.

What is salicylic acid and how does it work?

Salicylic acid is an acid found naturally in the bark of a willow tree. It gently exfoliates the dead skin.

What is Lactic acid and how does it work?

Lactic acid is a superficial peeling agent derived from milk. It is the most mild and gentle of all the AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids) that exfoliates while reducing the risk of irritation and dryness. Lactic acid works by loosening the glue-like substance that holds the layers of cells together and to the underlying skin.

Will my skin actually peel?

Although superficial chemical peels are effective, they are unpredictable when it comes to physical peeling. Skin that has been pre conditioned with retinoids and AHA's are more likely to peel than skin that has not been prepped. Dry, dehydrated skin has a greater chance of peeling with the first peel than oilier skin.

How much will my skin peel?

The amount of peeling is difficult to predict. Most people get dry and flake or peel mainly around the mouth (periorally).

How bad am I going to look after a chemical peel?

Peeling isn't necessarily a "bad look". It is more aggravating seeing the dryness associated with the peel. Expect the skin to become more wrinkled before it sheds.

How many chemical peels will I need?

The number of peels you need will be determined by your professional. Factors include depth of peel(s), sensitivity levels, tolerance and of course individualized skin care goals.

How often should I have a chemical peel?

A superficial peel can be performed approximately once every 3-4 weeks, depending on the depth of the peel. Be sure to allow the skin to "peel, heal and deal" before peeling again.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for a chemical peel?

Discontinue using any abrasive products or methods, topical retinoids, AHA's, BHA's, at least 48 hours before your chemical peel.

Can I still wear makeup after a chemical peel?

It would be to your best benefit to refrain from using any makeup at least 24 hours after the peel is performed. If makeup application cannot be avoided, consider rescheduling. Otherwise you may risk clogging your pores or introducing harmful bacteria to your skin.