What Are Chemical Peels Good For?

It’s officially here! Estheticians absolutely love when “chemical peel season” rolls around! Take advantage of the chilly weather and book your next chemical peel with Rouge Beauty Bar! Chemical peels are a great way to reach your skincare goals quickly and safely. Let one of our licensed estheticians help you get the chemical peel that’s right for your skin! Keep reading to find out what exactly chemical peels are, how we use them as licensed professionals, pre and post care for your chemical peels, and exactly WHY you should get one!

What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels, sometimes called resurfacing or exfoliation treatments, is the usage of chemical exfoliants to remove the top layer of dead, dull skin. The term “chemical peel” can oftentimes be scary to some, but do not worry! These peels are performed by licensed and trained professionals who personalize each treatment to your specific skin type, needs, and skin care goals.

Each of our estheticians will first sit down with you and perform a skin consultation to tailor all products and methods used to your skin type and skincare goals. This is possibly the most important step in your facial, as it will ensure that you get the best results for your skin. Your esthetician will go over your skin type and any questions or concerns you may have as well.

Here at Rouge we have multiple chemical peels and even two different brands for our providers to choose from. This gives the estheticians plenty of options so they can choose exactly the right chemical peel for your skin. Rouge Beauty Bar uses Skin Script and Lira Clinical for our back bar and skincare products. Both of these brands have multiple options for chemical peels of varying strengths and ingredients.

Two of the most common active ingredients found in chemical peels are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beat hydroxy acids (BHAs). AHAs most typically found in chemical peels include glycolic acid, mandelic acid, malic acid, and lactic acid. AHAs are excellent options for those looking to work on their fine lines, wrinkles, aging skin, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, or even those just looking for smoother, more even skin tone and texture! As for BHAs, salicylic acid is the most commonly used beta hydroxy acid and puts in extra work on oily and acneic skin types! Chemical peels containing salicylic acid are great for those struggling with hormonal acne and breakouts or those looking to control their skin’s oil production.

All of our estheticians are trained in Skin Script and Lira Clinical chemical peels and will use their knowledge to pick which chemical peel is right for you, your skin, and your skincare goals!

Once the skin consultation is completed, your provider will walk you back to the facial treatment room and give you a few minutes to get undressed before your chemical begins.

Preparing for a Chemical Peel

In order to get the best results for your skin, make sure to prepare yourself and your skin before you even step in the building. Chemical peels are an exfoliation treatment and it is necessary to stop any at home forms of exfoliation for at least five to seven days before your appointment. This includes any topical steroids, retinols, acne medications, and oral skin-thinning or photosensitizing medications. You should also avoid excessive sun exposure and facial waxing in the week before your facial.

On the day of your appointment, feel free to do your regular skin care routine in the morning, but avoid exfoliation. Come approximately ten minutes early and without makeup. A small amount of light makeup is ok, but less makeup is better, as your skin cleanses will be more effective!

During The Chemical Peel

When your esthetician re-enters the facial treatment room, get ready for the skin treatment to start! Despite being a results focused treatment, there is no reason why a chemical peel cannot be relaxing! At the start, our estheticians will perform a double cleanse. These cleansing movements are based on massage movements and are very relaxing. After they’ve cleansed the surface of your skin, the esthetician will move on to the chemical peel portion of the facial.

Once the peel has been applied to your skin it has to sit for a bit to do its work. Sometimes clients will feel mild tingling or a warming effect. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. The esthetician will watch your skin for reaction and remove or neutralize the peel when the allotted time is up. Finally, to end your facial, your esthetician will apply any facial serums, moisturizer, and most importantly, sunscreen!

After Your Chemical Peel

Once your chemical peel is complete, you will need to make sure you are protecting your skin from the sun and other exfoliation as much as possible. This means wearing sunscreen everyday, wearing hats outdoors, using gentle cleansers and good hydrating moisturizers, and avoiding facial waxing or any other form of exfoliation for up to 7 days post facial.  As your skin begins to recover from the chemical peel you may notice some mild flaking or peeling. This is very common and is of no concern. It’s important to not pick or peel your skin as it is healing, but instead you should focus on protecting the skin from the sun, harsh chemicals, or other irritants. Your esthetician will let you know exactly when to return to your regularly scheduled skincare and what to do in the meantime!

We here at Rouge Beauty Bar have the chemical peel that’s right for you to get the results you want! Book your consultation or chemical peel at www.rougebeautybar417.com today!