By Donna Felice, RN, LE

Corrective peels, also known as chemical peels, dermapeels or chemexfoliation, is a treatment applied by a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist and is a safe, effective alternative to laser resurfacing. Peels work on the premise that your skin has the ability to regenerate itself. The peel solution sloughs off dead, damaged skin and allows new, healthy skin to take its place.

In the past, all peels required a large amount of down time after the treatment. However, a new generation of peels are now available to aestheticians. These peels contain ingredients in bases, such as aloe vera, which are designed to be gentler to the skin, but still as effective. Peels have blends of ingredients to address multiple concerns simultaneously. They can treat acne scarring, sun damage, fine lines, active acne, rosacea and other conditions, as well as giving normal skin a healthy, glowing boost.

Peels are a cost-effective and timely way to achieve your skin care goals. While in-office facial treatments can help you achieve optimal skin health, peels can expedite the process and give you fabulous results. All skin colors and types can benefit from peels, though it’s necessary to check with your skin care professional about which peel might be right for you. If you’re taking acne medication, such as Retin A or Accutane, talk to your clinician about stopping the medication before and during treatment to avoid side effects or complications.

Here at (un)SPA we offer multiple types and levels of peels customized for your skin type and condition. Prior to receiving a peel you will have a skin analysis and a sensitivity test. You will also be instructed as to how to prepare your skin at home for the peel, which optimizes the treatment’s results.

Some peels are done as a one time treatment, while other conditions may require a series of peels. As I mentioned earlier, with the new generation of peels available, not all peels will require down time. Down time is the amount of time after a peel where your skin may appear pink and/or flaky. This will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.

Peels are oftentimes a great solution to old skin problems, providing a fresher, younger-looking complexion free of lines and blemishes you may have considered permanent. Discuss the option with your skin care professional. It may be just the rejuvenating treatment you’re seeking.

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