ZO Skin Health Stimulator Peel aka "Enzymatic Facial"
- Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne and pore size reduction
- Age spots otherwise known as sun spots
- Improving skin texture and tone
- Gentle brightening
- Dull skin appearance
- Brighten skin tone
- Improve rough, dry texture
ZO Skin Health 3 Step Peel
Looking to maximize your results with a powerful, yet moderate-depth peel? This one's for clients looking for RESULTS! The ZO 3 Step Peel is an innovative peel that actively combat the signs of aging and skin discoloration. It works by completely exfoliating and renewing the epidermis while stimulating the dermis to produce collagen. This combined action provides a firming and smoothing effect on the skin that results in a more youthful complexion with glowing results. You can expect a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to help improve skin health and treat many signs of aging. It is a powerfully effective peel and requires a minimum of 4-6 weeks skin prep prior to the peel with a retinol (0.5% or higher) to ensure your skin recovers quickly and healthy while minimizing risks. Consultation by our licensed esthetician is required prior to your ZO 3 Step Peel to begin your prep product regimen personalized to your specific skin concerns and treatment goals.
This in-office procedure can be done every 3-4 weeks or until desired results are achieved and then 2-3 times a year for maintenance. Recovery time is typically 5-7 days, and all clients receive a post procedure care kit with a retinol and ZO hydrating cream to take home. Peeling typically begins on Day 2 or 3 and is completed in approximately 4 days. Amount of peeling and exact time frame varies from client to client. The ZO 3 Step Peel active ingredients are: 17% Salicylic Acid, 10% TCA, and 5% Lactic Acid.
Clinically proven to help with:
- Skin laxity or "loose, saggy" or "crepey" skin
- Sun damage and hyperpigmentation
- Uneven tone and texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
What Is A Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin to make skin smoother, reduce scarring and remove blemishes. Ranging from mild to strong, there are three types of chemical peels: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. The strength of each peel is tailored to the patient. Peels can be combined with other procedures, such as facelifts, for additional improvement to skin. Chemical peels may be covered by insurance if they are performed for medical rather than cosmetic reasons.
Chemical peels are performed in a plastic surgeon's or dermatologist's office, or an outpatient surgical center. Anesthesia is not required because TCA and phenol have anesthetic properties, and AHA produces only a slight stinging.
Chemical Peel Procedure
During a TCA or phenol peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol peel. During an AHA peel, the skin is cleansed and the solution applied; there is no need for post-peel ointment or covering.
Side Effects of Chemical Peels
A phenol or TCA peel can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling that lasts, depending on the strength of the peel used, about a week. With a phenol peel, eyes may be swollen shut at first, and the patient may be put on a liquid diet and advised to keep talking to a minimum. Any tape used is removed after a day or two. AHA peels can cause temporary stinging, redness and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting. After a chemical peel, it is essential that the skin be protected from the sun.
Chemical Peels FAQs
What do chemical peels treat?
Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin, typically on the face, to make skin smoother, reduce scarring and remove blemishes.
What types of chemical peels are there?
Ranging from mild to strong, there are three types of chemical peels: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol.
What is an alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peel?
An AHA peel is the gentlest of the three types of chemical peels. It contains glycolic, lactic and fruit acids that smooth and brighten skin, and is used to treat fine wrinkles, dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. An AHA peel is typically applied once a week, or may be mixed in a milder concentration with a cream or cleanser to be used daily. Treatment takes less than 10 minutes.
What is a trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel?
A TCA peel is commonly used for medium-depth peeling, although depth is adjustable. It treats fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems and, in addition to the face, can be used on the neck and other areas of the body. It is sometimes used in combination with an AHA peel. A TCA peel is the preferred peel for darker-skinned patients. Results do not last as long as those of phenol peels, and multiple treatments may be required. However, treatments take only 10 to 15 minutes, and recovery time is shorter.
What is a phenol peel?
A phenol peel, which is the strongest chemical peel, treats deeper skin problems such as coarse facial wrinkles and precancerous growths, as well as areas of blotchy or damaged skin caused by sun exposure, aging or birth-control pills. Because phenol can lighten skin where it is applied, the patient's natural pigmentation is a factor in determining a phenol peel's suitability. Phenol is used only on the face because it may cause scarring elsewhere. Full-facial treatment can last an hour or two, and recovery can take a few months, with possible permanent lightening of the skin and removal of freckles.
Where are chemical peels performed?
Chemical peels are usually performed in a dermatologist's or plastic surgeon's office, or an outpatient surgical center.
Is a chemical peel painful?
During a chemical peel, anesthesia is not required because TCA and phenol have anesthetic properties, and AHA produces only a slight stinging. With a TCA or phenol peel, when the solution is first applied, it may cause a brief stinging sensation. Post-procedure, a TCA or phenol peel can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling that lasts, depending on the strength of the peel used, about a week. After a phenol peel, eyes may be swollen shut at first, and the patient may be put on a liquid diet and advised to keep talking to a minimum. After an AHA peel, there may be temporary stinging, redness and irritation, as well as flaking or crusting.
Should chemically peeled skin be kept out of sunlight?
The skin should be protected from the sun for several months post-peel to reduce the risk of complications and maintain desired results.
Are there risks associated with a chemical peel?
All three types of peels carry potential risks that include infection and scarring. In addition to the aftereffects mentioned above, a TCA peel can produce unintended color changes in the skin, and a phenol peel can reduce or eliminate the new skin's ability to make pigment evenly or at all, causing a lighter or uneven skin tone.
Is a chemical peel covered by insurance?
A chemical peel may be covered by insurance if it is performed for medical rather than cosmetic reasons.