Chemical peels have been a staple in the aesthetic industry for decades. They’ve established themselves as a tried and true beauty classic because they’re effective, they’re versatile, and they’re quick. True to its namesake, all involve an application of a chemical solution to the skin to exfoliate the top layer of skin, which ultimately results in smoother skin.
Still, whether you’re a seasoned guru or a newbie, keep reading for a refresher on the best chemical peels to try this season and what you can expect from them.
Overview: This peel is designed to target signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. As the name implies, it has three steps: Peel, Stimulate, Calm.
The peel first focuses on exfoliating the skin, then stimulating new collagen production through the use of a special retinol, and finally soothing the skin with a cream to reduce discomfort following the treatment.
Preparation & downtime: The ZO peel involves home-care preparation prior to the treatment which involves using specific products before the procedure to optimize the skin’s readiness. It’s also an aggressive peel and will result in a few days of redness and downtime.
Ideal for: Individuals looking for aggressive anti-aging results.
Overview: VI Peel is effective at treating acne-prone skin and addressing pigmentation issues like hyperpigmentation or melasma. It uses ingredients like phenol, salicylic acid, and retinoic acid to target breakouts, fade dark spots, and fix uneven texture and tone.
Preparation & downtime: If you’re currently on oral acne medication like Accutane, you’ll need to stop prior to the peel. The exact duration may vary depending on your specific skin, so be sure to consult with us prior to booking. Following treatment, it’s common to experience some redness, peeling, and flaking of the skin for a few days to a week after the procedure.
Ideal for: VI Peel is suitable for a wide range of skin types and conditions, making it a versatile option for all, but it’s the recommended peel for those dealing with acne.
PCA Pumpkin Peel (Event Ready Glow):
Purpose: This is the peel to have you event-ready, giving a glowing complexion, and an added benefit of a pumpkin spice scent as the pumpkin enzymes work their magic exfoliating the face. While it’s of course, trendy for the autumn season and great on its own, it can be paired with other treatments like the HydraFacial for enhanced results.
Preparation & downtime: Book before a big event to get that extra sparkle. The only prep and downtime you’ll need is finding a place to be seen after your appointment.
Ideal for: Pumpkin lovers, event-goers, chemical peel newbies — this is a peel for everyone.
Overview: One of the classics, this peel delivers serious skin rejuvenation and guarantees a refreshed look. It checks all the right boxes, addressing common skin concerns such as fine lines, uneven skin tone, and rough texture.
Preparation & downtime: Get ready for gorgeous skin! This mild peel doesn’t require preparation, but we do recommend investing in ZO products for maintenance and upkeep following your peel to help with any lingering redness.
Ideal for: With no downtime, it’s suitable for those with busy lifestyles looking for skin rejuvenation. There are no frills or gimmicks here, just results. The classics earn their titles for a reason.
Overview: Similar to the ZO Skin Health Stimulator Peel, this peel focuses on improving skin texture and appearance. It’s a convenient and excellent option for those seeking quick results they can trust.
It’s unique in that the peel system includes a series of peels with varying strengths and formulations, which are chosen based on your specific concerns.
Preparation & downtime: While no formal preparation is needed, it’s important to keep in mind that the strength of the peel will vary as will the length of recovery.
Ideal for: With varying options of strength and formulas, there’s an option for everyone. We’ll work with you to customize the peel to meet your needs.
Give yourself a refresh and book your chemical peel today: (781) 826-5400.