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Chemical Peels – The Basics

Chemical peeling to rejuvenate the skin has been recorded as far back as the Egyptian era! While the formulas and techniques have been dramatically refined and improved, the results that chemical peels can offer continue to speak for themselves!

Chemical peels are used to target and correct skin issues like: 

  • Acne
  • Texture 
  • Dullness
  • Aging: lines and wrinkles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation  
  • Premature Aging: fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation 

Whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive or acneic, chemical peels can be a powerful component in treating unwanted skin conditions and concerns and in helping you quickly attain your skin goals.

What exactly is a chemical peel?

A peel is a chemical formula that uses specific acids to dissolve the bonds that hold skin cells together. These acids, when cocktailed together or used individually, trigger a cellular response within the skin.

Depending on the concentration and desired result, peel solutions will work within the surface layer of your skin. They can also penetrate deeper signaling a controlled wound response and triggering collagen production, elastin synthesis and cellular repair. 

There are several different types of peels, each offering unique qualities to the skin, such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic, as well as some of the deeper combinations like Jessner or TCA peels. Success with chemical peeling doesn’t stop at the specific acid used. The blend of different ingredients into a formula that properly respects your skin barrier makes all the difference. 

The ingredients within a peeling solution play a huge role in how your skin reacts and performs to a chemical peel. Here are some of the top considerations when receiving a chemical peel….

Skin Conditions:

Your specific skin type and condition will play a huge role in the selection of what acids are going to give you the best result, while also being safe for your skin. Peels at Spiral are selected by a trained esthetician that has observed your skin conditions, and prepped you with the proper regimen at home.


While there are chemical peels available to treat any skin type or condition, not everyone is a good candidate for one. To have the most successful outcome you will need to consider several lifestyle factors.

  • Amount of sun exposure
  • Commitment to proper homecare
  • Health History: cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, 
  • Skin sensitivities: Allergies, past reactions

Experience of your esthetician:

We can’t stress enough how important it is to get treatments, especially chemical peels, with an experienced esthetician. Chemical peels are causing a controlled injury to the skin, so having expertise on how to safely perform them is crucial. 

As we mentioned above, chemical peels are a powerful component to getting results, but they aren’t the entire solution! Having a personalized home care regimen to maintain and further your results is also a major component in healthy and effective peeling. If you’re ready to start prepping for a peel, take a look at our starter kits and peel-prep bundles HERE.

Want to talk with an esthetician further about homecare or peels? Comment below with your questions or schedule a time to chat with an esthetician below!

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