Chemical Peel

Chemical Peel Skincare Treatments near Jackson, MS

At Faces in Ridgeland, MS, our facial plastic surgery and skincare clinic has many solutions to help revive your skin from the dull, tired look that often occurs with age. One of our most frequently used techniques to help the skin look refreshed again is a chemical peel treatment.

Peels are a great addition to any robust skincare routine you already have, or it can be a wonderful way to achieve glowing skin before a big life event, such as a wedding or class reunion.

What is a Chemical Peel Treatment?

Pampering your skin is worth the effort, and there are many at-home chemical peel products available to assist you in the ongoing struggle against aging and sun damage. Despite the promises on labels and in slick advertisements, these at-home chemical peel products simply aren’t as powerful as peels that are monitored by aesthetic medical professionals. A chemical peel is a medical grade treatment, designed to be gentle, quick, and effective at improving many forms of skin damage and some signs of aging.

The basic function of a chemical peel is to exfoliate the skin and regenerate healthy, new skin cells and collagen. First, the face is cleansed and dermaplaned, then a specialized blend of acids are used to treat the specific needs of the patient. The acids are then neutralized, and aftercare products are applied, according to the skin’s specific needs. As the peeling process takes place, dead skin cells are naturally exfoliated, revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin cells.

A chemical peel can offer a wide range of skincare benefits, including:

  • Smoother skin
  • Softer skin
  • Reduced acne
  • A brighter complexion
  • Less skin discoloration
  • More even skin tone
  • Smaller appearing pores 

A chemical peel as performed by the medical aestheticians at Faces utilizes specialized blends of alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs) to improve superficial imperfections. These water-soluble acids are found in many masks, cleansers, toners, and other beauty products. They cleanse, exfoliate, and help reduce inflammation, which can be helpful if you experience acne. Chemical peels are virtually pain-free and range from superficial exfoliation to a deeper absorption, which targets more advanced skin concerns.

What Does It Feel Like to Have a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peel treatments are performed at our facial plastic surgery and skincare clinic. Appointments are comfortably quick, usually lasting an hour, including the dermaplaning of your skin in preparation for the peel. You may feel a minor, momentary burning and itching sensation. You won’t need anesthesia, and most patients don’t report feeling any discomfort at all.

Downtime from a peel varies and depends on the depth of the peel. Most people can put on makeup and go right back to work or running errands. You may experience some slight redness for about a day, and will need to limit your exposure to direct sunlight for​ a day or two to a full week, again depending on the depth of the peel. 

During your chemical peel appointment, our team at Faces will create an individualized treatment plan unique to your personal skin care goals. We can also help you build a great at-home skincare routine to get the most out of your peels.

How Does Perfect Derma Differ From Other Peels?

Perma Derma is the latest addition to our menu of skincare treatments and services. Quickly becoming a patient and staff favorite, this medium-depth chemical peel contains several different types of acids, including retinoic, salicylic, kojic, and TCA. Each of these acids has a unique function in helping to improve the skin’s overall appearance. It also contains the antioxidant glutathione, an ingredient shown to enhance skin health and reduce signs of aging.

Unlike many other medical-grade chemical peels, Perfect Derma is safe for all skin types and shades. This includes individuals with sensitive skin, which may not always be true with other chemical peels.

In general, Perfect Derma is known for producing noticeable improvements in skin texture, hyperpigmentation, and overall brightness. Even after one treatment, our patients tell us their skin appears smoother and more even and the results will only get better with subsequent peels.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chemical Peels

The best time for a chemical peel is during the cooler months of the year. Because high temperatures and over exposure to sun can dangerously increase the effects of the peel, we recommend scheduling your peel between the months of October and April.

Discontinue retinols or tretinoins, AHA or BHA (chemical exfoliants), and prescription topicals 3-5 days prior to treatment. Avoid sunburns with daily sunscreen protection. Also be aware that treatment with chemical peels cannot take place if you have active dermatitis or an open lesion.

Every patient reacts differently to a chemical peel. Depending on the type and depth of the peel, you may peel three to seven days after initial treatment. Peeling, however, doesn’t usually begin until after 24 hours. Be cognizant of when you schedule your appointment to avoid peeling during important events, such as class reunions or weddings.

Your skin will obviously be more sensitive after a chemical peel treatment. Skincare products with the following active ingredients should be avoided until the peeling process is complete: retinoids and retinol, Vitamin C, anti-acne products, glycolic and salicylic acids.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid chemical peels. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to increased skin sensitivity and unexpected reactions.

A lot depends on what you wish to accomplish with this treatment. Peels are most effective on acne marks, scars, and discoloration if they are applied every 4-6 weeks. Minor skin issues can be treated less frequently.

The cost of a Chemical Peel ranges from $140 to $320 and includes a dermaplane. Our medical aestheticians would love to create a medical grade customized peel just for you! Based on your skin’s needs and your own personal desire for beautiful, healthy looking skin, they’re here to help. We also offer a number of medical brand-named chemical peels, including SkinMedica’s Vitalize and Rejuvenize Peels, VIPeel, and Obagi’s Blue Peel Radiance.

Considering a Chemical Peel Treatment?

At our facial plastic surgery and skincare clinic, we’re big picture people. We like to take a comprehensive approach, from non-invasive treatments to cosmetic surgery, to help you accomplish your aesthetic goals and find your best new look. During your appointment, we’ll talk about all the ways possible to help your skin look healthier, younger, and more vibrant, and make sure you’re comfortable with each treatment recommendation.

If you would like to learn more about how a chemical peel can fit into your skin care treatment plan, our team of skincare experts would love to meet with you. Contact us by calling (601) 607-3033, or use our user-friendly website to send us a message. We look forward to helping you fall in love with your skin again!