A quick way to address several skin concerns. Exfoliate your skin on a deeper level for a bright, even-toned complexion.
Why It’s Special - Hit the reset button on your skin — ideal for texture, pores and pigment, too! - Address visible signs of sun damage, rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and acne.
- If you've got a little downtime, this might be the option for you — your skin will be bright and smooth after a few days of shedding.
At FBE we have different peels depending on your downtime and what you want out of it.
What is a chemical peel? Chemical peels are simple, non-surgical procedures that combat multiple skin issues: sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture or skin tone and large pores. By using a combination of powerful acids, chemical peels break down the top layers of the epidermis, allowing brighter, even-toned and glowing skin to emerge.
How does a chemical peel treat my skin? A medium chemical peel, also known as a SkiinMedica or ZO 3 step peel, is a strong treatment that uses alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs), retinoic acids and trichloroacetic acids to treat deep acne scars and wrinkles, prolonged sun damage and massive hyperpigmentation. Powerful AHAs like lactic or glycolic acids improve the appearance of fine lines, blemishes and hyperpigmentation. A medium peel also contains BHAs like salicylic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory that controls redness and irritation, and retinoic acids, which augment results and accelerate recovery time.
What does a chemical peel feel like? The chemicals we use to exfoliate and treat your skin are strong. You may experience tingling and tightness during the procedure, and your skin may feel warmer. A medium peel can definitely sting a little (that's all those chemicals working their magic!), so we provide a handheld fan to minimize any discomfort. But don't be scared — generally, you should not experience an uncomfortable level of pain. Immediately after the treatment, your skin may feel a little sensitive and swollen. Your FBE provider will apply a protective ointment (and, if needed, ice packs) to soothe skin.
What is the recovery like? After your appointment, you may need to take OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen to reduce discomfort and swelling. Since you've shed a layer of skin and your fresh, healthy skin needs extra protection, avoid sun exposure and strenuous exercise for 5-7 days. Be sure to wear SPF every day (which you should already be doing anyway). Don't freak out if your skin is still red and starts peeling — that's normal! You can expect this for up to seven days, so definitely use a stronger moisturizer for 1-2 weeks after your appointment (we recommend our soothing, healing hydrating cream by ZO or FBE Skindew), then the gorgeous, smooth and glowy skin will emerge.
How often do I need a chemical peel? A series of chemical peels may be needed to treat more severe sun damage, acne scars or wrinkles. Regular chemical peels can encourage natural collagen production, a key to youthful looking skin. Talk to your FBE provider about what kind of peel is best to meet your personal skin care goals. We have a couple peels depending on downtime and what you are trying to achieve.