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What Is a Chemical Peel & How Does It Work?

Chemical Peel by FINETUNE Medspa in Frisco, Texas

A common skincare procedure used to enhance the skin’s appearance and texture is chemical peeling. A chemical peel can help with a number of skin problems, such as uneven pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. They can be customized based on specific skin needs and problems because they are available in a variety of strengths and formulas. Chemical peels are a flexible option for anyone desiring to enrich the health and appearance of their skin, whether they want a superficial exfoliation or a more profound renewal.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a skincare technique used to enhance the skin’s texture and appearance. This procedure produces exfoliation and peeling of the skin by administering a chemical solution, which promotes the growth of new, smoother skin. Chemical peels are a useful treatment for a number of skin conditions, including sun damage, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars on the face, neck, and hands.

There are different types of chemical peels, each tailored to specific skin concerns and depths of penetration. These range from superficial peels, which gently exfoliate the outermost skin layer, to medium and deep peels, which penetrate deeper to address more pronounced skin issues. The choice of peel depends on the individual’s skin type, condition, and desired results, making it important to consult with a skincare professional to determine the most suitable treatment.

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

The science behind this involves using specific acids that penetrate the skin and break down the bonds between dead skin cells. These acids, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), disrupt the cellular connections in the outermost skin layer (the epidermis), leading to the shedding of dead and damaged skin cells. This exfoliation reveals fresher skin underneath and stimulates the production of new cells.

Applying the chemical solution also causes the skin to become inflamed. Fibroblasts in the dermis, the skin’s deeper layer, are activated in this reaction, which is a normal aspect of the skin’s healing process. Fibroblasts make collagen, a protein that gives skin its suppleness and structural support. The synthesis of more collagen enhances the skin’s texture and lessens the visibility of wrinkles, fine lines, and scars.

The skin’s overall appearance improves as the old skin cells are shed and new cells are generated. The new skin is typically smoother, more even-toned, and healthier. The depth and strength of the peel determine how much of the skin is affected and how dramatic the results will be.

Recovery from a chemical peel involves the skin healing and regenerating over several days to weeks, depending on the intensity of the peel.

Types of Chemical Peels Offered

Each peel offers unique benefits and can be tailored to meet individual skin needs. Consulting with a skin care professional can help determine the most suitable peel for achieving desired skin improvements.

1.) ZO Stimulator Peel

The ZO Stimulator Peel is a mild chemical peel designed for those who seek a gentle exfoliation with minimal downtime. This peel uses a combination of acids, including glycolic acid, to exfoliate the skin’s surface, revealing a fresher and more radiant complexion. It is often referred to as a “lunchtime peel” because it requires little to no recovery time, making it a convenient option for busy individuals. The ZO Stimulator Peel helps improve skin texture, reduce fine lines, and enhance overall skin brightness​.

2.) ZO 3-Step Peel

The ZO 3-Step Peel is a more intensive treatment compared to the ZO Stimulator Peel. This moderate-depth peel combines salicylic acid, lactic acid, and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) with retinol cream to target various skin concerns, including pigmentation, acne, uneven skin texture, and signs of aging. The treatment involves three steps: exfoliation, stimulation, and calming, which collectively work to remove damaged skin cells, promote new cell growth, and reduce inflammation. The ZO 3-Step Peel requires some pre-treatment preparation and post-treatment care, but it significantly improves skin clarity and smoothness​​.

3.) Skintillate Cell Renewal Peel

The Skintillate Cell Renewal Peel enhances cellular turnover and rejuvenates the skin. This peel is designed to stimulate the renewal of skin cells, leading to a more youthful and refreshed appearance. It addresses issues such as dull skin, fine lines, and uneven texture. By promoting new cell growth, the Skintillate Cell Renewal Peel helps maintain healthy, vibrant skin and can be customized to suit different skin types and conditions.

4.) Skinprove Skin Lightening Peel

The Skinprove Skin Lightening Peel is specifically formulated to address hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. This peel uses a blend of acids and skin-lightening agents to target dark spots, sun damage, and melasma. The treatment works by exfoliating the outer layer of skin and inhibiting melanin production, leading to a more even and brighter complexion. Regular Skinprove Skin Lightening Peel treatments can significantly reduce pigmentation issues and enhance overall skin clarity.

The Chemical Peel Procedure

On the day of the treatment, the skin is thoroughly cleansed to remove any oils, makeup, and imp6urities. This ensures that the chemical solution can penetrate the skin evenly and effectively.

The chemical solution is carefully applied to the skin using a brush, cotton ball, or gauze. The application starts in the areas requiring the most attention and is evenly spread over the entire treatment area. You may feel a mild tingling or stinging sensation as the solution begins to work on the skin.

The chemical solution is left on the skin for a specific amount of time, depending on the type and strength of the peel. During this period, the practitioner monitors your skin’s reaction to ensure the treatment progresses as expected. For superficial peels, this is only a few minutes, while deeper peels require a longer duration.

For some peels, the chemical solution is neutralized with a specific neutralizing agent to stop the chemical reaction. In other cases, the solution may be rinsed off with water.


Are you prepared to revive your skin and expose a more glowing, younger-looking complexion? Experience the transformative power of chemical peels at FINETUNE Medspa. Whether you’re looking to reduce fine lines, even your skin tone, or achieve a healthy glow, our expert team will choose the perfect peel for your unique skin needs.

Book your assessment today at FINETUNE Medspa and take the first step towards healthier, brighter skin.


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