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which peel is right for you?

Smoother, younger skin

A chemical peel at Alexa Mar Wellness Retreat is a skin-care treatment applied to the neck, hands, or face. Most people get a chemical peel to enhance their skin’s appearance and improve texture. During a peel, chemical solutions are applied to the site of treatment. The solution triggers both exfoliation and rejuvenation in the skin. Once the outer layer of skin peels off, the new skin beneath is smoother,  less wrinkled, and less blemished.

Benefits of chemical peel

Chemical peels are used to treat a large number of skin conditions or blemishes. Chemical peels are excellent for treating:

  • wrinkles and fine lines

  • sun damage

  • acne scars

  • hyperpigmentation

  • scars

  • melasma

  • uneven skin tone or redness

What type of chemical peel can I get?

Three broad categories of chemical peels are available from Alexa MedSpa, These are:

  • Superficial peels, which use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid to gently remove the outermost layer of skin but penetrates no deeper than that.

  • Medium peels, which involve trichloroacetic or glycolic acid, pass through the outer layer and affect the middle skin layer. Medium peels are able to target some issues that result from damaged skin cells.

  • Deep peels, which penetrate enough to affect the entire middle layer of skin, rely on phenol or trichloroacetic acid to attempt to remove deep blemishes by clearing away damaged skin cells.

How long does a chemical peel last?

The results of chemical peels can last anywhere from one month to the rest of your life. The longevity of a chemical peel's results depends on several factors, but the most significant factor is the strength of the peel. A light, or superficial, peel produces results that usually last between one and two months.

After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say "broad-spectrum" on the label, meaning it protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Also, it should be a physical sunscreen and be above SPF 30. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat

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Things to Avoid:

For all peels, you will also need to avoid certain skin treatments, medications, and sun exposure to prepare your skin for the peel.

Skin Treatments

There are certain skin treatments you should avoid before having your peel completed. You want to wait at least two weeks since your last chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment before having this treatment completed. This will help to avoid over-exfoliation and subsequent irritation of your skin.

You should avoid tanning for two to three weeks before the treatment. This includes using tanning booths because exposure to artificial UV radiation can damage the skin significantly.

Finally, you want to avoid using chemical hair removal treatments or waxing your skin at least five to seven days before treatment. You also want to avoid any chemical injection treatments like collagen injections and Botox for at least a week before the peel.

Medications

There are some medications that can interact with the acids used in chemical peels, so your dermatologist may request that you stop taking them for a period of time before treatment. These are most commonly photosynthesizing drugs, which increase sensitivity to sunlight and may cause inflammation of the skin after exposure to sunlight. These medications include:

  • Certain contraceptives (female sex hormones or birth control pills)

  • Antihistamines

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

  • Coal tar/coal tar derivatives

  • Antimicrobials (sulfonamides)

  • Tranquilizers (phenothiazines)

  • Oral diabetes medications (sulfonylureas)

  • Psoralens

  • Antibiotics (tetracyclines)

  • Water pills (thiazide diuretics)

  • Tricyclic antidepressants

Another important medication to avoid is the acne medication Accutane, also known by the generic names Claravis, Amnesteem, and others. If you have used these medications in the past six months, you will need to let your doctor know and postpone your treatment.

Sun Exposure

One major concern before you get a peel is exposure to sunlight. Sometimes exposure to the sun cannot be avoided because of work or family life, but you should try to avoid sun exposure at least ten days before treatment. If you do expose yourself to the sun for any amount of time within that period, make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen and limit your time outside as much as you can.

Chemical Peels that we offer 

Miami Peel

The Miami Peel® is a proven and patented light to medium peel formula that effectively exfoliates bleaches and inhibits pigment production. This formula is for those who want an even skin tone and is very beneficial as part of a Physician supervised program to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation (dark spots), melasma, sun damage, and pigment discoloration of any kind. It is also recommended for individuals with adult acne and will simultaneously aid in improving the appearance of hyperpigmentation or dark spots associated with acne lesions. Colorblind making it safe for all Fitzpatricks.

What is Melasma & Hyperpigmentation?

Melasma is the medical term used to describe the patches of hyperpigmentation that are found on the forehead and prominent areas of the face.  Melasma is derived from the Greek word “melas” meaning Black. These masks like facial discolorations or brown patches are more common in women than in men.  Melasma is a harmless condition but is very esthetically displeasing.  Most forms of this condition can be treated successfully with the Miami Peel® Skin Exfoliation Program.

Jessner’s Peel

Jessner's chemical peel solution is comprised of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol to treat fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities, and acne scarring. The modified Jessner's peel replaces resorcinol with TCA, glycolic acid, and other AHAs for an effective, medium-depth exfoliation. Colorblind making it safe for all Fitzpatricks.

5-Berry Pigment Control Peel 

This potent TCA and antioxidant peel is the perfect solution for photo-aging, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne. 5-Berry Pigment Control Peel combines 7% TCA and the reparative, protective, and anti-aging benefits of 5 natural berries: cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and bearberry. Colorblind making it safe for all Fitzpatricks.

Sal-X 20 Salicylic Acid Peel 

Provide strong exfoliation and increased cellular turnover for stubborn conditions such as acne. 20% Salicylic acid enhances the penetration of treatments while oxygenation and detoxifying congested skin. Perfect for resistive, thick, and oily skin.

Professional TCA Peel 15% Solution

The Gold Standard of Peeling! This 15% solution of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and powerful natural tyrosinase inhibitors is renowned for its results in treating, correcting, and controlling pigmentation, wrinkles, and acne. The potent antioxidants vitamin E and retinyl palmitate, in combination with TCA, provide unparalleled results in safe and controlled skin Peeling. Colorblind making it safe for all Fitzpatrick.

Oxygen Peel 

This advanced skincare treatment is designed to brighten, repair, and replenish a natural radiance into the skin. Oxidation is the result of free radical damage, which accelerates the aging response. This stimulates a reaction of pigmentation disorders, texture loss, and lack luster skin. These highly active ingredients aid in the appearance of fewer wrinkles, increased smoothness, and improved hydration.

Vitamin A Professional Power Peel

Achieve strong exfoliation and resurfacing with 10% TCA, 10% Glycolic and 5% Retinol. This formula is excellent for Improving fine lines, wrinkles and lift hyperpigmentation. Boost collagen and elastin while fighting MMPs (destroy collagen and elastin) for brighter, tighter skin.