Chemical Peel Tips

Posted by Sarah Kinsler-Holloway on

For some, chemical peels may seem a little scary.  We often hear estheticians say "I don't know enough about them" or "I'm too scared". 

Chemical peels aren't scary as long as you know what you're doing!  If you're new to them, we do offer an online Chemical Peel training that will help you get comfortable, fast!

There are a wide range of chemical peels. What sets them apart is their chemical makeup, the strength, and pH.  Once you understand what each acid targets, how strong each percentage is, and finally the pH, you can confidently integrate them into your treatment room!

I'm not here to talk about each type of chemical peel though, that can be found in our online class.  Instead, I want to talk about some important and helpful tips.


Slow + Steady Wins The Race

Slow + Steady Wins The Race. Period.  It is so important to start off conservatively, especially with a new client, or one that is higher on the fitzpatrick scale.  What happens if you start off too aggressive is you can seriously damage the skin and cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

Going slow is beneficial for a few reasons: it allows you to see how your client's skin reacts, it allows you to prepare the skin for stronger peels, and it also lets you potentially accomplish your goal without unneeded inflammation.


Always Use Glass

Always use a glass bowl to dispense the acid into.  Using anything else may create an undesired chemical reaction.


No Peels In Summer (For Non-Compliant Clients)

I personally do not do any peels in the summer. I feel a deep responsibility to do what's best for my client, and honestly, I've had enough non-compliant clients, it scares the crap out of me.  We know that skin is much easier to burn after a chemical peel, and in fact, even a little bit of heat, whether direct sun or not, can increase the chances of PIH.  

I realize not everybody lives in Michigan, so if you're working in the south (lucky), I recommend having a thorough consultation, and waiver to protect yourself. 


Always Apply To Dry Skin

This may seem obvious to some, but, it's worth mentioning.  Always apply chemical peels to completely dry skin.  After cleansing and degreasing, I wait an additional 2 minutes before I apply the chemical peel.  If you apply a chemical peel to damp skin it could travel deeper than you'd like causing burns.  


In skincare + business, 



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