Superficial Chemical Peel

Your Aesthetician will consult will you prior to your treatment and determine which superficial chemical peel is the best for you.
In general, superficial chemical peels may be divided into very light (minimal penetration into stratum spinosum) or light (penetrates the entire epidermis). Penetration is controlled by the peeling agent, concentration and pH range. Salicylic acid is found in various fruit (active ingredient of aspirin) and is a non-inflammatory agent which causes the least penetration and sloughing. TCA, glycolic acid and Jessner’s are progressively more inflammatory and penetrate the entire epidermis.

Very Light Superficial Peels

  • Salicylic Acid. Is a very light, non-inflammatory at 20-30% concentrations, which means it is well tolerated in all skin types (Fitzpatricks’s I to VI) and all ethnic/racial groups. For these reasons, it is the peeling agent of choice for light pigmentary problems such as melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It has anti-microbial properties which makes it effective in acne. Except for patients who have an allergy to aspirin, this peel is well tolerated. Disadvantages of salicylic acid are its limited depth of penetration, which limits its effectiveness with significant photodamage. Thus multiple treatments (5-6) spaced one month apart are needed to see results.

Light Superficial Peels

  • TCA 20-30%. We use a TCA15% for congested, aging skin, fine line, sun damage, uneven tone and texture
  • Glycolic Acid 60-70%. We use glycolic 60% for photo damage, aging skin, hyper pigmentation, ingrown hairs
  • Jessner’s is only moderately inflammatory, but is the most inflammatory/penetrating peel of this group. This means that it causes epidermal sloughing, which makes it more effective for the treatment of photoaging and solar keratosis. Good for dull skin, fine lines, superficial scars, hyper pigmentation, and sun damage

Other Superficial Peels

Alpha Beta 17% is a blend of Glycolic Acid (17%), Lactic acid (17%), and Salicylic Acid (17%). Here the salicylic acid is a great agent for uneven complexion and acne because it is anti-microbial properties. The glycolic acid will help sun damaged or thickened skin because it causes epidermolysis. Lactic acid will help with congested, oily, skin. Thus for patients with acneic breakouts and sun damaged or dull skin, this is a good formulation.

Triplex is a blend of Glycolic Acid (30%), TCA (10%) and Salicylic acid (10%). Here the salicylic acid is a great agent for uneven complexion and acne because it is anti-microbial properties. The glycolic acid gives a deeper peel for congested, oily, actinic keratosis.