Chemical Peels

Exfoliation is the process of removing the outer dull, dry layer of skin to reveal newer, brighter skin. The chemical peel is one of the oldest exfoliation procedures in the world; it was performed in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help people attain smoother, more beautiful skin. Today, chemical peels are popular in our Montreal facility because they are affordable, offer nearly immediate results, and require little to no downtime.

What are the benefits of chemical peels?

By removing the dry, rough outer skin cells, chemical peels provide a variety of benefits, including:

  • Unclogging pores
  • Refining texture
  • Softening fine lines
  • Reducing acne breakouts

While exfoliation may be performed mechanically with a procedure like microdermabrasion, chemical peels exfoliate more evenly and provide gentle, yet deeper exfoliation. Chemical peels are a better choice when treating acne because mechanical exfoliation can spread the bacteria that causes acne over the skin’s surface.

Types of Chemical Peels

There are many different types of chemical peels used to treat a variety of skin concerns. Two of the most common types are glycolic peels and salicylic peels.

Glycolic Peel

Glycolic acid, a natural part of sugar cane juice, is one of the mildest of the peel formulas and produces light peels for treatment of:

  • Fine wrinkles
  • Areas of dryness
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Mild acne

Glycolic peels weaken the binding properties that hold the dead skin cells together and stimulate the growth of new skin underneath. This allows the outer layer of dead skin cells to be removed gradually. The skin underneath has a healthier, fresher appearance with more even color and texture. Glycolic peels also stimulate collagen production, which slows down as we age. Collagen is what gives our skin its plump, supple appearance.

Glycolic acid can also be mixed with a facial wash or cream in lesser concentrations as part of a daily skin care regimen to improve the skin’s texture.

Salicylic Peels

Salicylic acid is an organic beta hydroxy acid (BHA). Salicylic peels reduce oil production and scrub out pores, which make them very effective in treating acne and reducing breakouts. Salicylic acid can produce a more intense peeling than glycolic acid but is more naturally accepted by the body than other acids; therefore, it is a better choice for those with sensitive skin and rosacea.

There are many other types of peels varying in strength, and only professionals can administer stronger acid concentrations.

What happens during a chemical peel treatment?

During a chemical peel treatment, the face should be thoroughly cleansed prior to application. Peels are usually left on the face for only a few minutes, depending on the strength. The solution is then neutralized and washed off. Mild redness, stinging, and irritation may occur.

What can I expect during recovery after a chemical peel?

There is little to no recovery time with milder glycolic treatments. Mild peeling may occur for a few days following treatment. Stronger peels may cause more redness, and the recovery time may last several days. Because they offer a rapid recovery, chemical peel treatments can be repeated every two to four weeks. Some people need multiple treatments to see the desired results. The use of a high-quality sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is important after receiving a chemical peel to protect the new, more sensitive skin and maintain the results achieved.

How much does a chemical peel cost in Montreal?

Visit our Fees and Finances page for cost information.

Are you ready to learn more?

Women and men visit Dr. Fouda Neel for medical-grade chemical peels from Ottawa, Laval, and the surrounding area. For more information, please request a consultation online or call our office at (514) 448-2445.



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