The Differences Between At-Home and In-Office Facial Peels

We all love a good spa day. While many of us are still quarantined and looking for at-home skin care solutions, multiple skin care product manufacturers have an at-home facial peel marketed to remove dead skin cells, improve the skin’s look and texture, or minimize unwanted breakouts.  

But do they actually work? 

Let’s face it: most over-the-counter peels available for individuals to use at home provide slight benefits to your skin over time instead of more powerful effects from an in-office peel. Why?  

At-home peels don’t provide the same chemical concentration as those provided from a licensed professional. And don’t be fooled by the stronger, medical-grade peels found on the internet that are sold illegally. These peels may provide stronger chemical solutions, but they can cause permanent damage to your skin. Alternatively, the peels may offer significantly less chemical concentration, causing you to waste money on ineffective products.  

While there are differences between these at-home peels and in-office peels, at-home peels are great for a relaxing day of pampering. But for truly effective results, consider an in-office peel from a licensed esthetician for best results.  No two faces are the same, and Heather Davis, Licensed Esthetician at Visage Skin Care & Laser Center, a division of Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, analyzes your skin and selects the right one for you. Check out the different types of effective peels and the long-lasting benefits of each one: 

Chemical Peel 

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to remove dead skin cells, treat fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores, improve skin texture and brighten your skin tone. In short, it’s a one-stop shop for dramatically improving your skin in assorted ways.  

Advanced Corrective Peel | Heather Davis, LE

At Visage Skin Care & Laser Center, we offer a variety of medical-grade chemical peels at our practice and use different active agents to treat different problems and levels of skin damage. Application of these peels typically take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes, and some peels may provide a brief stinging sensation. There may be some flaking, redness, or dryness after the chemical peel, but it will gradually fade as your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment. The result? Clear, soft and improved skin. 

Derma Peels 

A derma peel at Visage Skin Care & Laser Center is a medium depth peel that uses the powerful antioxidant, glutathione to lighten and brighten skin, and help reduce wrinkles. This is ideal for individuals with sunspots, acne scars or a dull complexion. The Perfect Derma™ Plus Booster is to be used in conjunction with The Perfect Derma™ Peel to treat stubborn hyperpigmentation including melasma, thick, oily or resilient skin, Actinic Keratosis, and age spots on hands, arms, and chest. 

TCA peels              

A TCA peel is a more aggressive, medium-strength peel that requires 7-10 days downtime.  TCA (trichloroacetic acid) is a non-toxic chemical that causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel off over a period of several days to one week.  When the old skin peels off, it will reveal a new layer of undamaged skin, which has a smoother texture and more even skin tone.   

NanoLaser & MicroLaser Peels 

The NanoLaser and MicroLaser peels from Sciton Aesthetic and Medical Lasers are two precise ways to get smoother, luminous skin.  The NanoLaser peel is a light exfoliation treatment that uses state-of-the-art erbium laser technology to refresh and rejuvenate the skin. The result? Softer, more youthful skin thanks to the removal of the outer layer of skin cells and damaged tissue.This procedure delivers concentrated laser energy to the outer skin layers while accelerating the renewal of skin cells underneath, leading to quick skin rejuvenation that can last many months before a touch-up procedure is needed. 

The MicroLaser peel is a quick, effective treatment is a minimally-invasive option for restoring a youthful glow to your complexion and reducing the appearance of a host of minor skin blemishes. The MicroLaser peel utilizes laser energy to remove outer layers of skin cells, revealing softer, smoother skin underneath, and the precise depth of the peel can be easily adjusted, allowing us to customize this procedure to your specific skin conditions. The result? Refreshed, revitalized skin with visible improvement in texture, tone, and clarity. 

Ready to reveal improved, softer, clearer skin? Schedule a consultation with Heather Davis, LE today 770-667-3090!