What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a treatment that involves a chemical solution being applied to the skin to remove the top layers (where most superficial concerns exist) and reveal the smooth, clear skin underneath. The skin grows healthier, more smooth, and , with fewer signs of aging, discolouration, and scars.
The chemical peel offered by Skin Matters is called BetaClear. BetaClear is a topical solution made up of naturally occurring acids beta hydroxy acid (BHA) otherwise known as salicylic acid. This is gently applied to your skin so the top layers of dead skin cells, impurities, and blocked pores are removed to reveal the smooth, healthy skin underneath.
By treating this superficial layer of skin, a chemical peel reduces scars, acne, improves discolouration, and can even reduce signs of aging.
The cost of your chemical peel depends entirely on the severity of your concerns and your individual needs. Book a consultation with the Skin Matters team today to have any questions answered, including the cost of your chemical peel treatment.
BetaClear Chemical Peel Treatment at a Glance
Why Choose Skin Matters for Chemical Peel?
At Skin Matters in Vancouver, we're more than just a clinic; we're your partners in skin care. Dr. Cheng, Dr. Liew, and Dr. Yong lead the aesthetics industry with 55 years of combined experience with chemical peel treatments. When you’re in the hands of the esteemed doctors and clinicians at Skin Matters, you know you’ll leave with rejuvenated, youthful chemical peel results.
How Is Chemical Peel from Skin Matters Applied?
During your chemical peel treatment, the Skin Matters clinicians will use a cotton pad to apply the chemical solution made up of naturally occurring acids such as beta hydroxy acid (BHA), known as salicylic acid. This is a chemical solution compound formulated in-clinic and used to treat Skin Matters patients for over 25 years.
Benefits of Chemical Peel
Some benefits of a chemical peel treatment include:
- It is a non-invasive yet effective skin treatment.
- In one treatment, you can see a reduction in scars, and acne, and improved size and clarity of pores.
- Recurring peels will optimize your results, typically 6-10 treatments.
Risks and Side Effects of a Chemical Peel
Some risks and side effects associated with chemical peels include:
- Redness, scabbing, and swelling.
- Changes in skin tone, especially during and right after the treatment.
However, when you’re in the hands of the talented Skin Matters team, you are at a very low risk of experiencing adverse reactions to your Chemical Peel treatment. Closely follow all aftercare instructions for a successful recovery, and if you have any concerns be sure to contact the Skin Matters clinic or your GP.
Are You a Candidate for Chemical Peel Treatment?
If you want to rejuvenate your skin without pursuing an invasive procedure, a chemical peel may be the right treatment. However, you should proceed with caution or consider other treatment options if you have taken acne medication in the past six months, have a personal or family history of keloids, are pregnant, or have frequent cold sore outbreaks. Prior to treatment, a complimentary consultation with one of our medical technicians is always provided.
How to Prepare for Your Chemical Peel Treatment
Before your treatment, discuss your questions and concerns with your specialist. During your consultation, the Skin Matters team will review your medical history, perform a skin assessment, and discuss your expectations to provide effective results you’ll love.
Prior to your chemical peel, you should:
- Cease use of any retinoid/ Vitamin A products 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Cease use of any exfoliants (physical or chemical) which includes AHA/BHA products, scrubs, or deep cleaning exfoliating devices.
- Avoid unprotected sun exposure for a week beforehand. If unavoidable, ensure consistent use of SPF 45 or higher.
- Avoid cosmetic treatments or hair removal on the treatment area for two weeks beforehand.
- Arrive with a clean treatment area.
Aftercare & Recovery for Chemical Peel Treatments
After your chemical peel, no matter the depth, your skin will be red and feel tight and swollen. Follow all aftercare instructions provided by the Skin Matters team. Some general tips for proper recovery after your chemical peel include:
- Avoid the sun until your skin has fully healed.
- Only cleanse and moisturize with gentle ingredients.
- Do not pick at or pull the skin; it will peel on its own.
- Avoid wearing makeup for a full day after your treatment.
- Be patient and be cautious. It can take several treatments to see drastic improvements.
- Keep skin covered, hydrated, and clean.
Chemical Peel FAQs
How often should you do chemical peel treatments?
If you receive a light to moderate strength peel, such as the one offered by Skin Matters, you can repeat the treatment every 10-14 days to maintain your results. If you receive a medium to deep peel, you should wait at least 4-6 months before pursuing another peel.
How long is chemical peel recovery?
Your chemical peel recovery can take 7-14 days. After this time, you will see full results and can continue to do your regular skincare routine, and go out in the sun with proper sun protection.
Do chemical peels hurt?
You may experience some discomfort, swelling, and irritation during and after your chemical peel, but the Skin Matters team is here to comfort you as much as possible.
Are chemical peels safe?
Yes, chemical peels are safe - especially when performed by professionals like the doctors and clinicians at the Skin Matters clinic. However, we will always discuss the treatment and any potential risks associated before the peel is performed.
Can chemical peels cause breakouts?
There is a risk of a breakout occurring after your chemical peel. If you experience pimples after your chemical peel, it will typically clear up within a few days.