What are chemical peels?

Chemical peelsChemical peels have been used for decades in medical cosmetology. Cleopatra first introduced her version of a chemical peel, bathing in sour milk (lactic acid) to produce smooth skin. While dermatologists pioneered skin peeling for therapeutic benefit beginning in 1882.

Today we can synergize the knowledge of 100 years to produce highly effective and safe peeling by blending agents for maximum facial rejuvenation!

Chemical peels, or facial peels, are an accelerated form of exfoliation, that is induced by selective combinations of chemical agents which are applied to the skin to safely remove the damaged outer layers of the skin.

Benefits of facial peels?

Types of facial peels

Peels are categorized into 3 levels:

  • Level 1 – superficial peeling (usually no visible exfoliation), 1-3 days of light exfoliation, little to no flaking.
  • Level II – medium to moderate peeling, 2-4 days of light/medium exfoliation, light to moderate flaking.
  • Level III – deep peeling, 3-5 days of aggressive peeling.

Please note: Peels may not be suitable for all skin types. A skin consultation is required and a pre-peel treatment protocol may be necessary, as well as, a skin test spot.

What We Use

We use highly effective professional combinations of AHAs – alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, mandelic, ), BHAs – beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid), PHAs – poly-hydroxy acids (lactobionic acid, gluconolactone), tranexamic acid, phytic acid, amino acids, TCA, retinol, antioxidants and peptides to customize our peel treatments, leaving your skin feeling fresh and healthy!
Our medical grade peels may be used as a stand alone treatment, or as a skin preparation treatment in combination with another treatment, such as our AQUA Fresh Facial treatments, to further enhance results.
Peel recommendations are based on many factors such as age, skin condition and expectations.
All treatments may be complemented with daily professional home care products to enhance and maintain outstanding results!*

Vivier Glow Peel (Level I – II)

An effective combination of AHA’s, BHA’s, & Resorcinol to help even the skin tone and greatly improve skin radiance.*

Pro-Derm Clear UpTx Peel with Plant Extracts/ Clear UpTx Plus (Level I – II)

A combination peel of AHA’s, BHA’s, PHA’s and plant extracts to sooth and aid in skin repair. Great for controlling oils, mild acne and folliculitis. Our Clear UpTx Plus includes the addition of retinol to enhance exfoliation.

Pro-Derm TimelessTx Peel with Peptides (Level I – II)

A gentle anti-aging formulation containing AHA’s, PHA’s and 3 peptides that restores natural skin pH while increasing overall skin radiance.

Pro-Derm RadianceTx Peel with Peptides (Level I – II)

A gentle anti-aging and pigment reducing formulation containing AHA’s, PHA’s, Tranexamic acid and peptides to minimize pigment formation, restore the natural skin pH and improve overall skin radiance.

Vivier TX JESSNER PLUS™ (Level II – III)

This peel is more intense then the Vivier Glow peel and is also referred to as the “hollywood peel”. Designed to target hyperpigmentation, while minimizing fine lines and enlarged pores. Also effective for treatment of acne and rosacea type breakouts.

The Ultimate Derma Peel (Level III)

This peel is our most intense, medium depth peel, containing the ultimate skin lightening and anti-aging antioxidant, Glutathione. Lightens and brightens to improve hyperpigmentation while minimizing fine lines, enlarged pores and acne.

Pre and Post Treatment Information

Chemical Peel FAQs

What is a chemical peel?

A special chemical solution is applied to the skin, for a specified amount of time to initiate the removal of the outermost layer of skin or deeper skin layers. The time the solution is left on the skin varies between 2-15 minutes, depending on the type of peel, peel treatment number, and the skins’ response to the solution.

What are the contraindications?

Peels are not recommended for people with very sensitive skin, active cold sores, undiagnosed lesions, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or lupus.

What areas can be treated?

Peels can be applied to the entire face or individual areas that require treatment, such as sun damage or to control acne.* Other areas that can be treated are the neck, décolleté (chest) and back.

How many peels do I need?

This is a variable and depends on your skin condition and skin type. All peels are customized to each individual, but all are managed using a step-up approach, which begins at the superficial layer with gradual increases to enable the skin to safely and effectively reach a Level 3 peel, if required. In general 4-8 peels are needed for optimum results, scheduled every 10-14 days or as required.* Please note: chemical peels, as a stand-alone procedure, are not effective for removal of medium or deep acne scars and will not permanently clear skin from acne.

What other treatments can be done with a chemical peel?

Effective combinations for skin rejuvenation and acne control include:
laser photo facials or laser genesis for acne control and AQUA Fresh Facials is a great option for skin rejuvenation and maintenance. Customized combination therapy can be discussed during your consultation.

What should I expect during & after the treatment?

Chemical peels are usually very gentle and create a temporary sensation of tingling (activity) or warm flushing to the skin during application. Your skin may be pink for several hours after a treatment and you may experience some tightening of the skin, which may last for several days. Typically you may return to work right after the peel. The amount of peeling, if any, varies from person to person. You may see light to medium flaking by two or three days after the treatment. Depending on the level of the peel, flaking may last five to seven days, while some clients may experience very little peeling.

Chemical Peels very in price depending on the type of peel and area being treated. A skin consultation is necessary to confirm pricing.

Price variable:
Full Face
depending on type of peel and area(s)

Can be used as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other treatments such as ThermoClear Pro RF, Dermaplaning, Laser Genesis or Green Genesis, AQUA Fresh Facial or HydraFacial.

Schedule peels in NW Calgary

Schedule your peels at Fresh Laser Skin Studio in NW Calgary today! You can book a consultation online or you can reach us phone at (403) 264-4494.

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* Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.


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