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Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?

Like many people, you probably have an issue or two with your skin. It may have fine lines, age spots, or even acne scars. But with so many different cosmetic treatments on the market, which one is the right one for you?

Here at Eterna Vein & Medical Aesthetics in Puyallup, Washington, our team of expert aestheticians understands that it’s important to customize any treatment to the patient’s individual needs and goals. One customizable treatment we offer is the chemical peel. Here’s what you need to know about it to make an informed decision.

What chemical peels do

A chemical peel is a procedure where we apply a chemical solution made up of one or more acids to your skin, removing the top, damaged layers. Since it effectively creates a wound in the skin tissue, your body generates a healing response. It begins to produce more collagen, one of the proteins responsible for giving your skin strength and suppleness, and a protein whose production diminishes with age. The result is a layer of new, healthy skin, free from the blemishes that marked it before.

Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, and/or hands and are used to:

  • Reduce lines under the eyes and around the mouth

  • Treat fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging

  • Reduce sun and age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma)

  • Improve the appearance of mild scars

  • Treat certain types of acne

  • Improve the skin’s tone, texture, and lack-luster dull skin.

Chemical peels are not helpful for sagging skin, bulges, and more severe wrinkles. These require other kinds of cosmetic treatments, such as laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, or a face or brow lift.

Types of chemical peels

At Eterna, we offer a variety of different chemical peels.

1. ZO Stimulator Peel

This combination of alphahydroxy acids (citric, glycolic and lactic acids) helps improve skin texture and tone by providing both epidermal exfoliation and renewal. Accelerated exfoliation of the existing skin surface pigmentation creates a more even skin tone, while a unique brightening complex works to help prevent the formation of new pigment. Anti-irritants and antioxidants aid in reducing the appearance of redness, thus minimizing skin irritation. This advanced peel solution is gentle enough for all skin types and can be repeated every 2-4 weeks.

2. iS Clinical P2 Prodigy Peel

The iS Clinical P2 Prodigy Peel System is a superficial peel designed to address fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne, superficial scars and other concerns associated with photo-aging. It is suitable for all skin types.

3. iS Clinical P3 Prodigy Peel

This peel is a superficial to medium-depth peel designed to address fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne, superficial scars, and other concerns associated with photo-aging. This peel is suited for light, fair to medium, white to olive skin.

4. ZO 3 step Peel

The ZO 3 step peel is a medium depth peel that maximizes texture improvement and produces longer-lasting results. This exclusive blend of tri-chloric acid (TCA), salicylic acid and lactic acid removes the outmost layers of the skin. Retinol crème works in addition to the initial exfoliation to boost skin renewal for longer-lasting skin benefits. Designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne scarring, rough texture, large pores and dullness. This peel promotes softer, smoother and firming looking skin.

What are the anticipated reactions?

What to anticipate with Light Superficial Peels

  • Redness

  • Dryness

  • Mild to no peeling

  • Irritation and itching

  • Reactions may be greater in sensitive skin areas such as eyes, mouth, neck and chest.

What to anticipate with Medium to Deep Chemical Peels

  • Swelling

  • Raw appearance

  • Surface skin darkening

  • Oozing fluid

  • Skin may start to peel by day 4 or soon thereafter

A good candidate for a chemical peel

Generally, the best candidates are fair-skinned and light-haired. If you have darker skin, you can have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated and the appropriate peel being applied.

It’s not advisable to have a chemical peel if you:

  • Have taken isotretinoin, an acne medication, in the past six months

  • Have a personal or family history of keloids, ridged areas from an overgrowth of scar tissue

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin

  • History of autoimmune diseases including Psoriasis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatomyositis, multiple sclerosis or any medical issues that may weaken the immune system.

  • Active cold sores, Herpes type I or II or warts in the treatment area.*If the patient has a history of cold sores, prophylactic treatment with an appropriate antiviral shall be obtained.

Is a chemical peel right for you? The best thing you can do is to contact Eterna Vein & Medical Aesthetics and set up a consultation with our team. Give us a call at 253-268-3400. We’re here to help you look your best.


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