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Chemical Peels in Houston, TX

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Our chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of cells and reveal the rejuvenated skin hidden beneath them. Whether you're looking to reduce the visibility and size of pores, treat advanced photodamage, or address moderate to severe wrinkles, our expert practitioners have extensive training in skin rejuvenation treatments, including deep chemical peels. We go beyond traditional facials to naturally reveal your glow and produce smooth, refreshed skin that you'll love. If you're considering a chemical peel in Houston, we invite you to book a consultation with us to discuss your skin concerns and goals.


What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are acidic solutions applied to your face to smooth the surface of your skin, improve your skin tone and color, diminish wrinkles and shrink blood vessels and pore size.

The effects can be as strong as some lasers. Peel solutions typically contain one of the following exfoliating agents, in order of potency: alpha hydroxyl acid (glycolic acid), beta hydroxyl acid (salicylic acid), tricholoracetic acid (TCA) or a phenol.

Alpha Hydroxy Peels (AHA)

Although alpha hydroxy peels are offered over the counter they do not possess the same concentration levels as those available to plastic surgeons. This peel works by causing several of the top layers of skin to dry up and to peel off over a period of several days. When the old layer has peeled off, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin which has a smoother texture and more even color. AHA peels can be of many different depths. It can be very superficial, causing some flaking of the skin for 1-2 days, or they can be deeper, taking up to 7-8 days to heal. The more superficial peels can normally be performed without having to miss any time from work but because they are lighter, they usually require a series of several peels in order to achieve the best results. AHA peels are usually recommended for those who want little to no down time and because AHA peels usually do not permanently lighten the skin they are recommended for darker skin patients.

Beta Hydroxy Peels (BHA)

ACPS offers the BioMedic MicroPeel Plus which uses Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid, to slough off dead cells and debris while stimulating the skin’s natural renewal processes. The BioMedic MicroPeel® was designed for patients who want to refine skin texture damaged by environmental factors and skin conditions such as acne. This treatment is offered in two concentrations allowing you to tailor your treatment to fit your skin type and long-term goals. Depending on the concentration used you may or may not experience some peeling. If peeling occurs, it usually begins 2-4 days following your treatment and lasts for approximately three days. Like our AHA peels, this is a lighter peel that usually requires a series of treatments two to six weeks apart, depending on skin type. The advantage of the BioMedic MicroPeel® Plus is the extensive research done by La-Roche-Posay to develop additional products for Long Term Maintenance of your investment.

Obagi Blue Peel

The Obagi Blue Peel is a far more aggressive peel than either the Alpha Hydroxy or the Beta Hydroxy. It is a one to four step application of blue solution mixed with TCA (Trichloracetic Acid). These applications will lead to the removal of thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin. Layers of dead skin cell exfoliate and are replaced by healthier ones allowing the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface. The Obagi Blue Peel is indicated for anyone with blemish-prone skin, wrinkles, pigmentation problems, sun damage, general poor skin quality or those who wants to reverse the appearance of the aging process. Unlike Alpha & Beta Hydroxy peels, the OBAGI Blue Peel uses a slow-acting TCA (trichloroacetic acid) solution applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. Since TCA is not absorbed through the skin, there are no internal toxic effects.

The slow action of the OBAGI Blue Peel solution enables your doctor or qualified technician to control the peel process and its depth. It tightens the skin, reduces wrinkling and renews a more youthful appearance. The OBAGI Blue Peel is safe for all skin colors and thickness. What you should expect: This is a one time application not a series of treatments. You may experience a mild burning sensation that lasts 2 to 3 minutes. This sensation is not so strong that sedation is indicated but if you know you have a low pain tolerance please discuss this with you technician. After the peel has been washed off a bluish tint remains on your skin: it will usually wash off in 12 to 24 hours. Your skin will begin to peel within 2 to 3 days and should be healed in an average of 7 to 10 days. This peeling should not disrupt your regular lifestyle.

TCA Peel

This is the deepest peel and is only done by a doctor and is not part of ancillary or spa treatments. TCA = Trichloracetic Acid. This procedure removes the top layer of skin allowing healthier underlayer to come to the surface. Please ask for more information about this deep skin peel.

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What are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels offer several benefits for the skin, including improving skin texture and tone, reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, treating discolored skin, scars, and acne, and minimizing the size of pores. They can also help with hyperpigmentation, such as sun spots and freckles, and make the skin more receptive to skincare products. Chemical peels can be done at different depths, from light to deep, with deeper peels offering more dramatic results but also requiring longer recovery times. However, it's important to note that chemical peels cannot remove deep scars or wrinkles, tighten sagging skin, or address more severe skin issues like sags, bulges, and severe wrinkles.

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Your Chemical Peels Treatment

A chemical peel procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Preparation: Before the procedure, the skin is thoroughly cleansed, and the patient's health history and medications are reviewed to ensure they are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
  2. Application of Chemical Solution: During the procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove damaged skin cells, treat wrinkles, and correct scars and sunspot discolorations. The type of chemical solution used varies according to the condition severity and type, as well as the patient's wishes.
  3. Post-Procedure Care: After the application of the chemical solution, the treated skin will begin to whiten. The specific steps for post-procedure care depend on the depth of the peel. For example, after a light chemical peel, a neutralizing solution or wash is applied to remove the chemical solution from the treated skin. Cool compresses may also be used to soothe the treated skin. For deeper peels, pain medicine may be given right before the procedure, and a relaxing or pain medicine may be given during the procedure.

Overall, chemical peels are a quick, safe, and cost-effective method for skin rejuvenation, and the success of the procedure depends on the proper matching of a patient's motivation for the procedure and the appropriate peeling agent.

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Chemical Peels Recovery and Aftercare

Proper recovery and aftercare are crucial for optimal results and to minimize potential side effects. This includes moisturizing the skin, avoiding sun exposure and heat, being gentle with the skin, and following specific aftercare instructions provided by the practitioner.

Chemical peels are a quick, safe, and cost-effective method for skin rejuvenation, and the success of the procedure depends on the proper matching of a patient's motivation for the procedure and the appropriate peeling agent. However, it's important to note that chemical peels cannot remove deep scars or wrinkles, tighten sagging skin, or address more severe skin issues like sags, bulges, and severe wrinkles. Following the tailored aftercare guidelines can help promote proper healing and maximize the benefits of the chemical peel treatment. It's crucial to follow the specific aftercare instructions provided by the practitioner, as they may vary depending on the type and depth of the chemical peel.

Chemical Peels Frequently Asked Questions

Chemical peels are generally safe for all skin types, but the type and depth of the peel may vary based on an individual's skin type and specific concerns. It's important to consult with a qualified dermatologist or skincare professional to determine the most suitable treatment for your skin type and condition.

The recovery time from a chemical peel depends on the type and depth of the peel. Superficial peels typically have a shorter recovery time, while deeper peels may require more downtime.

While chemical peels can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and certain types of scars, they may not be effective for deep scars or wrinkles. It's important to have realistic expectations about the results of a chemical peel and discuss your specific concerns with a qualified skincare professional.

The frequency of chemical peel treatments depends on the type of peel, the individual's skin condition, and the desired results. Superficial peels may be performed more frequently, while deeper peels may require longer intervals between treatments. It's essential to follow the recommendations of the skincare professional regarding the appropriate timing for subsequent treatments.

Certain medical conditions, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, active cold sores, and a history of abnormal scarring, may be contraindications for getting a chemical peel. It's important to disclose your medical history and any current medications to the skincare professional before undergoing a chemical peel to ensure it is safe and suitable for you.

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