All About Chemical Peels

November 1, 2019

Megan Burnach

Fall time is the perfect time to start updating your skincare routine and getting back into, or starting, a skincare treatment routine. Some of our most popular services at Spa Western is our chemical peels! All three of our chemical peels target very specific skin conditions and concerns. Don’t worry—I do a skin consultation with all my guests to best determine which peel is best for you and what that will look in terms of a series.

Let’s start with each peel:

Spa Western's glysalac peel is a 30-minute stand-alone treatment or can be added onto any of our facials. It refines the texture of the skin with 20% glycolic and salicylic acids to reveal a more bright and even complexion. The peel helps boost cell renewal, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and can help the condition of oily, blemished skin.

Our lactic peel is an intense multi-peel combining 50% lactic acid and plant extracts that is a great stand-alone treatment. It helps to even out skin tone and combat the signs of ageing. It also helps promote softer and more hydrated skin while stimulating collagen production, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, and repairing the effects of sun damage.

Lastly is our T.C.Actif peel, which is our most intensive and peeling treatment. It treats the concerns of hyperpigmentation and skin ageing providing excellent results.  It is highly effective in smoothing the skin’s surface texture, diminishing the depth of wrinkles, and stimulating collagen production for a more youthful appearance. The percentage of TCA combined with low pH produces skin shedding and renewal benefits.

Chemical peels are an excellent way to treat the skin concerns you have at a deeper level than at-home products can provide but it’s important to know the contraindications of chemical peels. You can not receive any of the peels if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breast-feeding
  • Ultra-sensitive skin/rosacea/thin fragile skin
  • Active cold sores
  • Sunburn/Windburn
  • Cosmetic peel/resurfacing/ microdermabrasion treatment performed in the last 2 weeks
  • Cosmetic injections in the past week
  • Waxing within the last 7 days (unless we use a protective barrier)
  • Use of Isotretinoin (common brand name Accutane) within the past 6 months
  • Shaving/dermaplaning - a minimum of 12 hours must have elapsed prior to receiving the peel.

Additionally, it is important to discuss the following as they can affect how your skin responds to any of the peels:

  • Medications you are using, including Retin-A
  • Any previous peels that you have had
  • Any plastic surgery procedures within 1 year
  • Allergies
  • History of skin conditions
  • History of viral infections, including herpes simplex (cold sores)

Say hello to beautiful and glowing skin with a chemical peel this fall! As always, healthy skin is beautiful skin and I'd love to be the one to help you reach your skincare goals.

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