Chemical Peel for Acne, Scars & Wrinkles in Greenville, South Carolina

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When you visit Skin By Kim for a chemical peel, you are treating yourself to a cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance and texture of your skin the more often that you get them done. Applied to your face, neck, or hands, chemical peels gently exfoliate the skin, leaving you with a fresh and clean feeling.

Our skin goes through a lot; exposure to the sun, scars from acne or accidents, hyperpigmentation, melasma during pregnancy, and other medical conditions. A chemical peel’s goal is to feel AND see the difference in your wrinkles, acne, or scars that can appear over time. 

What Are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels allow your skin to be rejuvenated by removing the layer of skin that is exposed to the elements that cause clogged pores and damage. Chemical peels promote moisture retention, collagen production, and cell turnover, helping your skin glow and feel youthful. Taking care of your skin is just as important as taking care of your mind and body. 

Chemical peels are often referred to as feeling like having ‘new’ skin underneath the chemical solution that is applied to your skin during treatment. Keeping this in mind, the new skin is often more sensitive to the sun temporarily, so it’s crucial to wear sunscreen every day to protect against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. This practice should be included in your everyday routine as it is, but especially after chemical peels.

What Should I Expect During Treatment?

Before a chemical peel, Kim will look at the color of your skin and hair to determine any pigmentation issues and ask you if you have any known allergies to ingredients that could be in the chemical peel solution. Any untreated skin infections and conditions are also considered before applying any solution to your skin. Based on her evaluation, Kim will determine what type of chemical peel would give your skin the best results. 

During a chemical peel, your skin will be cleansed and degreased before the chemical solution is applied to your skin. You may feel a warm sensation on the area being treated and can be cooled down manually by a fan. Some clients even feel slight itching, stinging, or burning, which is also normal, but please make sure to inform Kim if you feel any discomfort at all. 

Be sure to prep for the treatment by exfoliating your skin for the best results and avoiding any facial treatments or procedures like laser hair removal, cosmetic fillers, and waxing before your treatment. 

How Long Do Chemical Peels Take?

Chemical peels take about 30-45 minutes, depending on what services you include in your session. Some peels are designed to continue to work on the skin after your session, so they may remain on your skin for two to four hours after treatment. Peeling is a normal part of the treatment and may last up to three to five days. However, not all clients will have visible peeling. Most clients start to feel the skin tightening and notice their skin is redder than usual shortly after the treatment; it may even feel like you have a yellowish-orange tint to your skin and feel tacky for the first few hours. This is also normal and due to the solution that is applied to the skin during the treatment.  

Which Chemical Peel Should I Choose?

Chemical peels are divided into three categories; light, medium, and deep peels. If your skin has mild imperfections, you are most likely seeking to enhance the appearance of your skin without having to undergo a more invasive procedure, so a light or medium peel may be best for you. These types of peels will exfoliate the skin and clear clogged pores, decrease the appearance of fine lines, uneven pigmentation, minor acne or scars, and exfoliate the skin to help with dryness. 

If you want to minimize the effects of wrinkles or blotchiness, it may better suit you to have a deep chemical peel. This type of chemical peel tends to be a bit more invasive due to the direct sunlight exposure that your skin has received or the medical conditions you have endured. 

However, there is also a time to delay a chemical peel. During your consultation, Kim will ask you questions about your health background and the appearance and texture of your skin. If you have any skin conditions like cold sores, open lesions, sunburns or other burns, any recent facial surgeries, or if you are pregnant, are breastfeeding, or have any health conditions like diabetes, sensitive skin, or are on any prescription medications, Kim will help you determine your next course of action. 

Other issues such as severe wrinkles or sagging skin will not benefit from chemical peels, so Kim may also recommend a different type of treatment depending on your answers and your end goals. Cost varies depending on the services provided.

How Often Should I Get a Chemical Peel Treatment?

It is generally recommended to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks for best results. For example, in some cases, if you have severe acne, Kim may recommend that you receive a chemical peel as often as every two weeks until you start experiencing results. Though everyone’s skin is different and results vary, most people who receive a chemical peel start seeing the benefits of the treatment within three weeks. 

Can I Combine VI Peels with My Chemical Peels?

Yes! Many clients buy multiple peels at a time or decide to combine treatments. A great example is the VI Peel that is often combined in the chemical peels that Kim performs. VI Peels contain a blend of powerful ingredients that are suitable for all skin types. This treatment helps to improve the tone, texture, and clarity of the skin as well as provides anti-aging benefits like skin tightening, texture, and tone brightness of the skin and provides rejuvenation and prevention of further skin damage. VI Peels tend to cause skin peeling around the third day and can last up to seven days. 

How Do I Care for My Skin After a Chemical Peel Treatment?

After your treatment, use a gentle, soap-free cleanser. Do not use washcloths or any type of scrub to prevent further peeling. Apply moisturizer and sunblock daily. 

Normal activities can resume after some treatments, with the exception of using any prescription topicals, ointments, or lotions not approved to use before starting chemical peels. You may also want to avoid working out the day that you receive treatment to prevent heavy sweating. With VI Peel, you will wait 72 hours before working out. 

How Do I Book My Chemical Peel with Skin By Kim?

Yay! We’re so glad you asked! 

You can easily book online by filling out the form here. You can also contact Kim directly at (864) 757-2102 or via email at Kim works at Southside Medical & Laser Center located at 3919 South HWY 14, Bldg. A Greenville, South Carolina, 29615. She is available Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment only

Contact Kim now to set up your free consultation and learn what you can do to feel your best and be confident in your skin!