As an esthetician, I personally felt fearful about providing a chemical peel service when I first received my advanced exfoliation certification. I have come to find many others have the same anxiety around chemical peel procedures. Knowledge brings power in any case and that is no different in the world of aesthetics. So, let’s talk chemical peels.
A chemical peel is a form of advanced exfoliation that removes the first layer of dead skin cells.
The proliferation of skin cells is 28 to 30 days based on age. As we age the rate in which our skin cells produce slows down, causing dull skin, breakouts and haggard skin. Skin cells don’t always shed off completely. Here is where estheticians and our AHA/BHA pals can do magic.
What are the benefits?
- Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Lightens hyperpigmentation
- Smooths scarring
- Boosts collagen production
- Prevents and clears acne
What are chemical peels composed of?
Intimidating word, right? We start thinking of a scene right out of a movie, a big tub of green acid with bubbles oozing out of it. Not the case at all, in fact many acids are from fruits or plants. Much less scary, right? As estheticians, the peels that we are able to utilize are safe when used with caution and correct protocols. Medical spas who have doctors overseeing the facility may use peels that are targeting deeper layers of the skin, but for the most part, skincare companies have gone to great lengths to provide effective and safe peels. Many lines require insurance to purchase, keeping skincare professionals protected. (Check out our ASCP code)
- Sun exposure
- Certain Medications/Antibiotics
- Sensitive/reactive skin
How do we utilize a chemical peel?
A few ways!
Spot treating, peel series, 30 minute facials, a full 60 minute protocol, or paired up with manual exfoliation such as dermaplaning. (Check your state guidelines for double exfoliation rules and regulations.) Spot treating is a favorite of mine. When clients come in with hormonal or general acne around the jawline but not necessarily all over the rest of their face, spot treating with Skin Script Cranberry Turnover Peel could be an option based on their skin type. A peel series could be great for those battling extreme acne or if the client is working on anti-aging skin concerns. Thirty minute facials would be ideal if doing a series or a great option to have on your menu as an express treatment. An esthetician could have a 60 minute chemical peel facial, this could include more product, or microderm, dermaplaning, etc. There are so many approaches to how we use peels in our treatment room. The key in choosing the “how” is by client consultation and skin evaluation. See below to download our chemical peel protocols
BHA VS AHA?
Let’s break it down.
Where to purchase?
I might be biased but Alexander’s Aesthetics has great chemical peels to choose from and you can purchase all your esthetic needs at the same time! So let’s peel out and get started!
By Trinnie M., Licensed Esthetician and Educator at Alexander’s Aesthetics