Chemical peel benefits, before and after

So you’ve made the decision to get a peel. You know all the ins-and-outs of what takes place during the treatment but do you know what to do before your facial peel or even after? Here’s how to make the most of your peel and ensure you get the full benefits and best result.

facial peel

Before Your Facial Peel

4-6 Weeks Prior to Treatment

To enhance the results of your peel, your physician should start you on a ZO® program based on your skin type. For patients with a high risk of pigmentation problems, your physician may recommend some form of bleaching and correcting creme.

5-7 days Prior to Peel

Avoid any form of laser hair removal, electrolysis, waxing or use of depilatory creams.

3-4 days Before Your Facial Peel Treatment

Discontinue the use of topical retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol and other potentially irritating products.

N.B: If you have had any procedure such as IPL, laser or microdermabrasion, avoid having a peel treatment until your skin has completely healed.

After Your Facial Peel

  • Don’t panic! Redness, stinging, itching, tightness, mild swelling, flaking, and peeling, are all normal reactions following a peel. The severity of these responses varies for each individual.
  • Exfoliation generally will start 2-3 days after treatment and ends by approximately day 5.
  • Avoid rubbing, scratching or peeling/picking the skin with your fingers while healing
  • For at least 7 to 10 days following the peel, avoid direct sun exposure to best allow your skin to fully heal. If at any time throughout the healing process direct sun exposure cannot be avoided, use Oclipse-C Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 protection as necessary. Apply very lightly and gently to avoid premature exfoliation.
  • Besides the Retinol Crème, do not use alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and other potentially irritating products until the skin has fully healed.
  • You should also avoid running water directly on your face while showering.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and consequent sweating until the skin has completely healed.
  • Do not have any other procedures such as facials, hair removal, microdermabrasion and lasers until the skin has fully healed.
  • Once your skin has healed, return to the daily ZO® program your physician would have recommended.

Chemical Peels vs. Face Scrubs

An effective exfoliator is essential for any good skin care routine but what’s the difference between using a face scrub or getting a chemical peel? And which one is right for you? To help you come to a decision, it’s good to understand all the ins-and-outs of these two types of exfoliators.

Do chemical peel results outweigh those of a facial scrub? Or maybe, a scrub is more time-friendly for you. Find out below. 

What is a Chemical Peel?

peel is a chemical exfoliator that usually has a watery, gel-like consistency. They are designed to remove the top layer of skin to reveal a fresh, healthy layer beneath it. There are at-home peels and in-office peels. At-home chemical peels, such as the ZO Medical Invisapeel™ are more moderate in their treatment intensity and can be applied by yourself.

Increasingly aggressive chemical peels are used to treat more stubborn skin problems like melasma or severe acne. These must be carried out by a skin health professional.

Discover the different chemical peels ZO® offers here.

What is a Face Scrub?

A facial scrub is a manual exfoliation that is usually a liquid-type product with a gritty texture. When applied and massage into the skin helps to slough away dead skin cells, to reveal smoother skin. Scrubs are easier to attain as you can find them in most beauty aisles in high-street stores. But you should avoid those that contain naturally derived grains as their exfoliating ingredient such apricot kernels, or natural seeds as they can cause skin irritation, especially for sensitive, rosacea and acne skin. An exfoliator such as the Offects® Exfoliating Polish contains round magnesium crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells without aggravating the skin.

Which is Better On the Whole?

This is actually kind of a trick question. As we’d actually say both. Dr Obagi believes that a scrub should be part of your daily skincare routine. It is actually a necessary step in his GSR™: Get Skin Ready protocol and recommended to use for prepping the skin prior to a peel. A face scrub can ensure your chemical peel better penetrates the skin for optimal results. 

Although getting a chemical peel is dependent on your skin type. If you have very sensitive and intolerant skin, for example, a peel may be too unbearable for you. You should work with your skin health professional to build up your skin’s tolerance before starting on chemical peels. A chemical peel is more powerful and penetrates much deeper within the skin than scrubs do. They are fantastic for those with skin problems such as severe acne, uneven textured skin tone, hyperpigmentation and ageing skin.

 

Find your nearest ZO® Skin Health professional here. 

 

Types of ZO chemical peels

So we’ve told you all about the different ZO® Signature Peels we offer, but how does a peel in itself work to achieve skin rejuvenation? If you’re feeling apprehensive about getting a facial peel, it can help to know what exactly they are. Learn what a chemical peel entails and how it manages to give you revitalised and youthful skin.

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An Overview on Peels

A chemical peel is very simply a chemical solution that can be applied to the skin. It is designed to give a deeper exfoliation than your average at-home scrub, to help actually peel off the damaged upper layer of skin to reveal new, revitalised skin underneath.

Chemical Peel Benefits

Peels are one of the most effective ways to treat signs of ageing, discoloration and UV damage. Commonly used for the face, chemical peels can also be used on the body such as the neck and hands. They can be used to correct and reduce conditions such as a damaged skin surface, pigmentation, uneven texture, lines and wrinkles. They can not only reverse these skin problems but also increase the overall health of the skin.

Peels go beyond exfoliation to provide dermal and epidermal stimulation that help stabilise skin functions and support skin renewal. Designed to improve and correct a wide range of skin disorders, each treatment helps to achieve a specific skincare goal for every patient’s skin condition, lifestyle and skin health objective.

Are Peels Painful?

Chemical peels do sting but do not cause an extensive amount of pain. It’s a discomfort but you should not worry about experiencing unbearable levels of pain. Your tolerance is generally built up, with your skin health professional but you should always speak to them openly about what you can and cannot tolerate.

Find your nearest ZO Skin Health professional here.

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Types of Peels

There are three basic levels of intensity when it comes to peels; superficial, medium and deep. The intensity of the peel is entirely down to you, in terms of what improvement you want to see, the downtime you can afford to take and the level of irritation you can tolerate. Browse our chemical peels.

Superficial peels

These peels only penetrate and gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). It’s suitable for mild skin discoloration, rough skin and for general skin rejuvenation. Your skin may feel tight for a couple of hours afterwards but will return to normal following this. However, due to the mildness of this peel, regular treatment is needed to maintain its effects. 

Medium peels

This peel can penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. This type of peel can be used to improve skin pigmentation such as freckles and age spots in addition to moderate skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkle. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat skin growths such as actinic keratosis (chicken skin). Learn more about ‘chicken skin’ here. With a medium intensity peel, you may experience a slight stinging sensation when the peel is applied. Your skin may also go slightly brown or red in the days following the treatment and can take up to 6 weeks to return to normal. Although, you only need to return every 6 – 12 months to maintain its benefits.

Deep peels

This level of intensity is the most aggressive treatment that targets the deeper layers of skin. You can expect to see a dramatic improvement in your skin with this peel as it can help remove tougher skin problems such as melasma, deeper wrinkles and scars. This peel can cause some discomfort and visible peeling for a few days. Swelling can last up to 2 weeks, whilst skin redness can take up to 3 months to diminish. However, it all depends on the individual and your skin’s level of tolerance. Which is why it is so important to speak openly with your skin health professional and discuss the best option for you. Note that this peel can only be performed once.

 

An Acne Case Study

See how Ella Harvey from Harvey’s Skin and Beauty managed to beat her battle with acne. See the acne case study below where she used ZO Skin Health products and the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™ to achieve the clear skin she’s always wanted.

acne case study

Acne Case Study Participant Profile

Name: Ella Harvey

Age: 21

Location: Guernsey and London

Employment: Founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty

Bio: Ella suffered from acne for 3 years and was unsure of the cause of it. She used a number of different skincare ranges but none alleviated the symptoms of her acne. Following a consultation with a ZO Skin Health specialist, Ella was given a regime of ZO Skin Health products and a ZO Medical peel.

Below was the ZO regime she had to carry out every day for 4-6 weeks prior to the peel, to enhance results and prep the skin.

ZO At-Home Skincare Regime

Oilacleanse

AM + PM

Vitascrub

AM

Cebatrol Pads

AM + PM

Daily Power Defense

AM + PM

Tretinoin

AM + PM

Melamin

AM + PM

Melamix

AM

Glycogent

AM

Restoracalm

PM

Smart Tone SPF50

AM

ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™

For this particular acne case, Ella was recommended the 3-Step Peel™.

This peel is a solution of 17% salicylic acid, 10% trichloracetic and 5% lactic acids to remove the outer layers of the skin. A 6% retinol crème is then applied following the peel solution to stimulate deeper layers of the skin maximising collagen production, cellular renewal, anti-oxidant benefits and DNA protection. The retinol stimulation is continued with an at-home application at least 5 hours after the peel solution is applied in the clinic. A calming crème, which is hydrating and anti-inflammatory, is also given for at home application 3 times daily.

Find out more about the 3-Step Peel™.

Ella’s peel story

Ella experienced redness and peeling skin for 8 days following the peel, hear about her experience of the peel and the amazing results:

“After suffering from acne for the last three years, in November 2015 I had finally had enough. I had tried to clear up my skin with every method you could imagine, I even found out what my blood type was and kept to a very strict diet. So I turned to ZO for help. I was advised to have the 3-Step Peel™ and told I would have to prepare.

I was advised to have the 3 Step Peel and told I would have to prepare my skin before treatment, so Dr Shirin Lakhani prescribed Tretinoin and Melamix and told me to use this every day.  On the 20th of January, I had my 3-Step Peel™ at Wigmore Medical.

I arrived at Wigmore Medical and had a numbing cream applied for twenty minutes. The doctor then talked me through the treatment and asked me some questions to ensure that I had been using my products correctly. There was only a slight bit of discomfort when the 3-Step Peel™ was applied but I found on the second and third day the skin very tight and uncomfortable. The results are worth everything I went through with the preparation and the peel. I am very happy with the results and would definitely recommend this peel and I cannot wait to have my next one!”

acne case study


Ella Harvey is founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty.

Harvey’s Skin and Beauty offer the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™.

For other stockists of ZO products and peels visit: https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/find-zo-2/

ZO® Signature Peels: Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel

Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel is a unique at-home peel formulation. It uses a novel combination of papain and bromelain plant enzymes in combination with glycolic acid to exfoliate the surface of the epidermis, improving skin texture and tone. This safe and well-tolerated ZO® peel shows no apparent signs of exfoliation and is suitable for all ages, skin types and conditions. This at-home treatment breaks down the stratum corneum, allowing faster treatment results when additional ZO® products are used. It also allows for deeper benefits from any ZO® treatment protocol.

invisapeel™

Features and Benefits of Invisapeel™

  • A unique enzymatic at-home peel.
  • Smooths uneven, rough-textured skin.
  • Minimises acne post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • Reduces flakiness.
  • Stimulates epidermal renewal.
  • Replenishes moisture within the stratum corneum.
  • Revives dull-looking skin.
  • Aids lipid replenishment for skin barrier restoration and reinforcement.
  • Improves the visible signs of sun damage.
  • Suitable for all ages, skin types and conditions.
  • Easily applied to the face or other skin surfaces such as the hands, arms, and legs.
  • Can use as a continuous skin health treatment.
  • Helps stabilise the epidermis and skin barrier function.
  • Enhances the results of all topical agents.
  • Safe and well-tolerated with no apparent signs of exfoliation or irritation.
  • Optimises and accelerates treatment results from any ZO® protocol.

Key Ingredients

  • Papain, Bromelain Enzymes and Glycolic Acid (AHA): Provides epidermal renewal with invisible exfoliation.
  • Kukui Seed Oil and Safflower Seed Oil: Replenishes hydration and lipids for skin barrier restoration and reinforcement.
  • Dyglycerin and Methylheptyl Isostearate: Replenishes moisture within the epidermis.
  • Broccoli Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil: Reduces advanced glycation and minimises irritation.

How to Use

Invisapeel™ can be used for both the face and body as a continuous skin health treatment. After your GSR™ routine (cleanse, scrub and oil-control/tone), apply product and leave on for 1–3 hours. Cleanse skin thoroughly before applying other ZO® products. Use 2–3 times a week for best results. Depending on your skin’s tolerance you can leave this on overnight. This peel is ideal for non-facial skin, such as upper arms and back, especially when textural damage or uneven skin tone is present (acne, early scarring, pigmentation problems). Distinguished by its remarkable safety and tolerance (in rare cases, burning and stinging can occur on weak or sensitive skin and this can be eliminated by washing the skin).

Note: ZO Medical products should be prescribed and used under the advice and guidance of your skin health professional.

Hyperpigmentation treatment advice

Hyperpigmentation is when an area of the skin darkens due to the overproduction of the skin pigment; melanin. Some examples of hyperpigmentation are freckles, sun spots, age spots, under-eye dark circles and melasma. It is relatively common and usually a harmless condition. However, for some, it may be an aesthetic annoyance as it can affect any part of the body including the face, neck and hands.

hyerpigmentation before and after

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

There are various causes of hyperpigmentation from overexposure to the sun, picking at the skin and certain medications such as antibiotics, hormone treatments, and anti-seizure drugs. Although, for some, it could simply be a hereditary condition.

How Do You Treat It?

Dr Zein Obagi has created innovative programmes to improve the appearance of pigmentation on the skin.

Programme
Benefits
Products
ZO® Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System
  • Recommended as a starting point for treating melasma. Ideal for moderate to severe hyperpigmentation, especially melasma.
  • Treats severely dry, dull, rough and leathery textured skin to help soften skin and restore a smooth, healthy glow.
  • Improves skin with visible sun spots and sun damage.
  • Using this system 4-6 weeks before office procedures, and for 12 weeks afterwards will improve and deliver longer lasting results.
  • Can use this system to improve the overall quality, health, and appearance of the skin.
ZO® Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System
  • Ideal for the treatment of skin conditions either when hydroquinone treatment is completed or not advised.
  • Can also use this as a healthy maintenance system.
  • Use after completing a course of hydroquinone for 4-5 months to prolong results.
  • Ideal for when skin bleaching is not desired.
  • Treats uneven skin colours and tones.
  • Tackles skin texture and provides anti-ageing benefits to restore skin.
3-Step Peel™
For Professional Use Only
  • This potent stimulating peel provides longer lasting benefits beyond the temporary superficial improvements seen with ordinary peels.
  • Peeling is mild, with minimal downtime.
  • Designed for acne, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, texture roughness, large pores and dullness.
  • Promotes softer, smoother skin.
ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™
For Professional Use Only
  • Used to medically treat various skin conditions including acne, wrinkles, fine lines, skin pigmentation disorders and sun damage.
  • Controlled absorption and penetration
  • Easily mixed with TCA
  • Excellent anti-inflammatory properties
  • ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ Base
  • ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ Cleanse

Incredible Results

Click through the images below to see just a few examples of the amazing results ZO protocols can give you.

 

ZO® Signature Peels: 3-Step Peel™ Procedure & Benefits

Not just another ordinary peel, the ZO® 3-Step Peel™ is the only multifunctional epidermal peel designed to provide longer-lasting treatment benefits. Utilising a blend of exfoliants, a 6% concentration of retinol and multi-action agents that stimulate collagen and restore moisture balance, it evens skin texture for softer, smoother, tighter looking skin. The ZO® 3-Step Peel™ is an innovative in-office treatment for professional use only, designed to support dermal and epidermal stimulation.

We often recommend you starting on a ZO® program according to your skin type 4-6 weeks before the 3-Step Peel™ to help strengthen skin and enhance the benefits of it. The application of this peel can be easily tailored to each person, based on their tolerance level and can be repeated every 3-4 weeks. However, you should expect some downtime after this peel. To maintain results, the peel should be repeated 2-3 times per year. Then after the skin is fully recovered you should return to your ZO® daily program.

ZO® 3-Step Peel™

Key Benefits of the 3-Step Peel™

  • Improves acne, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, texture roughness, large pores, and dullness.
  • Suppresses post-procedure skin inflammation that can be caused by peels, sun, hormones and pollution.
  • Patient-friendly peel for all individuals. Suitable for any skin type or colour.
  • Usage studies show minimal irritation.
  • Dual-action, highly effective peel designed to provide epidermal renewal and dermal stimulation.
  • Utilises a blend of exfoliants, 6% concentration of retinol, and multi-action agents to significantly improve skin health and treat many signs of skin ageing.
  • Supports barrier function and improves skin’s ability to repair and renew itself.
  • Provides antioxidant protection, DNA repair, and anti-inflammation benefits.

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What to Expect From the 3-Step ZO Peel™

Step 1: Peel Solution

  • A blend of salicylic acid, trichloracetic acid and lactic acid removes the outer layer of the epidermis.
  • Saponins (a class of chemical compounds) are included to minimise skin reactions
  • Glycerin is also present to improve hydration.

Step 2: Retinol Creme 6%

This creme utilises a combination of 6% retinol and high performing ingredients to maximise collagen stimulation, cellular renewal, antioxidant benefits and DNA protection.

Step 3: Calming Creme – Post Procedure Skin Relief

An advanced multi-function formulation that rapidly relieves skin irritation and redness. Whilst also re-balancing vital moisture content and improving the skin’s barrier function.

ZO® Signature Peels: Controlled Depth Peel

The ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ (CDP) is a signature non-invasive face lift peel from Dr Zein Obagi. It is a robust in-office dermal peel using TCA (Trichloracetic Acid) with multi-action components for intense exfoliation and skin renewal. It is used to medically treat various skin conditions including acne, wrinkles, fine lines, rough texture, pigmentation disorders and sun damage. Enriched with lipid supplements, skin irritation modulators and antioxidants, this innovative peel base helps replenish skin barrier function and minimise post-peel cell-damaging oxidative stress.  It can be used on all skin types and ethnicities for deeper repair, texture improvement, skin tightening and an overall more even skin tone. CDP is able to reach the deepest levels of the dermis layers to reveal a new layer of undamaged skin. CDP

The Benefits of CDP

ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ provides effective, long-lasting skin health restoration.

  • CDP helps slow down the penetration of TCA for a more controlled peel
  • Reduces skin irritation typically associated with the use of TCA
  • Improves the texture of leathery, sun-damaged skin
  • Minimises or eliminates the appearance of melasma
  • Reduces brown spots, age spots and uneven pigmentation
  • Treats acne and related post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Reduces the prevalence of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Offers a high degree of safety
  • Has the capability of improving a wide range of cosmetic and medical skin conditions on facial and non-facial skin
  • Suitable for all skin types
  •  Provides consistent results with exceptional skin tightening

The ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ Base is formulated to help slow penetration, allow smooth application and reduce skin irritation associated with the use of TCA. See CDP in action here.

ZO® Signature Peels: Retinol Stimulation Peel

The ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel is ideal for skin that has a rough texture, uneven tone, dullness and lines and wrinkles.

retinol stimulation peel

Key Features of the ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel

  • A physician-directed, at-home peel that utilises Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair for epidermal renewal and dermal stimulation.
  • High potency 1.0% retinol encapsulated in time-released microspheres that penetrate the epidermis and deliver maximum efficacy with minimal irritation.
  • Provides superficial exfoliation, promotes cell turnover and stimulates deeper cellular activity for firmer more even toned skin.
  • Improves the appearance of the skin and also its ability to repair and renew itself.
  • Highly tolerable with no downtime.
  • Ideal for the face, neck, and chest.
  • Has potent antioxidant, anti-redness and anti-irritation effects.
  • Stabilises the epidermis and skin barrier function.

Benefits of This Peel

  • Repairs damaged surface skin
  • Strengthens skin and reduces sensitivity
  • Improves skin texture
  • Tightens large pores
  • Reduces and corrects abnormal surface pigmentation and sun damage
  • Minimises the appearance of fine lines
  • Brightens, smooths and tightens skin for a more youthful appearance

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Your At-Home Step

The Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair is a key at-home step for the ZO Retinol Stimulation Peel. But what are its benefits for the skin?

  • It has the highest concentration of retinol in an over-the-counter product retinol
  • It stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen production and helps even skin tone
  • Contains vitamins A, C, and E to provide powerful antioxidant protection, preventing future skin ageing
  • This anti-ageing serum also suppresses irritation and redness to restore a more youthful skin tone
  • But it doesn’t stop there, this incredible serum also hydrates and restores the skin barrier with essential lipids to reverse dry, dull skin