The skin does not need to “physically” peel in order to experience the benefit of a chemical peel.
Everyone’s experience will be unique and different.
Generally, healthy skin has less visible exfoliation. Exfoliation often takes place at the cellular level and is not always apparent to the naked eye. Conversely, some patients’ skin is so impacted that it can take a few peels to loosen dead cells enough to allow them to shed. Typically, these patients will see little or no peeling initially, and then see sloughing after a few treatments.
Peeling happens by a combination of high acid percentage and low pH level. As the peel is applied to the skin, the barrier is opened and the acids “breaking down” the “mortar”/lipids that hold together the “bricks”/epidermal skin cells. A lower pH level in the peel formula means the peel will penetrate deeper into the skin to induce regeneration at the basal cellular level rather than on the skin surface – which means less visible peeling.
Cell turnover is stimulated by the penetration of the acid, which causes skin injury. As it penetrates it loosens the lipid bonds in the outer layer of skin to induce peeling at surface level and cell regeneration in the lower layers.
The tighter, firmer feeling in the skin after the peel is evidence that a peel has penetrated and is working deeply, even though you may not experience visible peeling.
Generally, a higher pH level coupled with a lower peel percentage means that we are stimulating a gentler cell turnover processes while minimizing stratum corneum barrier damage, allowing faster repair.
We offer great “lunch-time” peels starting around $65 that involve little to if any downtime. If you are looking to improve your skin clarity and refreshing your skin contact us to see what peel would be the best for you. Our peels are even good for people with sensitive skin!