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Chemical Peel

Skin irregularities like acne scars, wrinkles and sunspots are an inevitable part of aging. A chemical peel can help temporarily eliminate these signs by removing the external layer of skin and giving way to a fresh layer of undamaged skin beneath without resorting to surgical methods. Peels can treat your face, neck, chest, cleavage, arms, and the back of the hands. It is used to diminish the appearance of acne, scars, wrinkles, sunspots, and general pigment related issues. The lighter your skin, the less likely it is to become discolored as your skin peels and regrows. There is no age limit for the peel.

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Your skin won't start to peel for almost two full days once the solution is applied, so the true recovery portion of a peel doesn't begin until the third day. It takes about six weeks to achieve the full transformation of the skin. The duration of a peel depends on the management of the skin post-procedure. Results can last more than a year, but this is completely reliant on your post-peel habits.


A peel can reach the middle layers of the skin to treat pigmentation problems, acne scars, and wrinkles and improve the overall appearance of your skin. With vitamin A infused into the chemical solution, you'll experience the benefits of taking the supplement as well, which includes the following: stimulating collagen production, inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, restoring the immune system, improving circulation, and sealing in moisture deep within the skin.

Close-up of a woman's face. The beautician makes a chemical peel. Skin care concept..jpg

Side effects: Redness, peeling, crusting, and swelling are all possible side effects of a chemical peel.


Who shouldn't use it: The chemical peel may not be suitable for people living in sunny climates since you'll need to avoid the sun for three months following the procedure. Here in the Seattle area, it's better to schedule your treatment for winter. An intense peel such as this can also interfere with strong skin medications like Accutane and skin conditions like herpes. If you are pregnant or lactating, avoid the peel.


Pre-procedure prep for chemical peel: Sun to a chemical peel is like water to the Wicked Witch of the West. Any time you're planning on having this type of chemical peel, plan to stay out of the sun and wear at least SPF 15 daily.


What to expect: On the day of treatment, simply arrive at your appointment. The procedure itself takes a few minutes at most. Although your skin may appear to have a slightly yellowed tint to it when you leave the clinic, regular activities, including work and running errands, can be resumed immediately. The chemicals won't be washed off of your face before your departure - you'll leave with peel chemicals in place.


Aftercare: Using moisturizers, exfoliating agents, and sunscreen can help preserve the new, unscathed skin. On the flip side, disregarding proper skincare habits can result in an accelerated decline in the quality of your skin once again. Avoid exercise or showering directly after receiving the peel, so you don't prematurely remove the chemicals.

Illuminize Chemical Intense Peel

At Sima Clinic, we have customized medical-grade chemical peels for rejuvenation, melasma, acne, fine lines, and anti-aging. The Illuminize Chemical Intense Peel is a very mild treatment that can be a good option for those with their first chemical peel. This treatment rejuvenates your skin with minimal peeling or irritation. Patients have been known to experience more radiant skin only hours after treatment. This treatment has little to no downtime, and it is good for all skin types. 

"I came to Sima Clinic to get a chemical peel. I was impressed with how much information I was given on what to expect, before and after, the peel. I was able to try some of the products offered but did not feel pressured to purchase any. While getting the chemical peel, I was told, step by step, what was happening and what to expect. Some of the chemicals smell really awful and I appreciated knowing that before hand. I have been peeling for a few days now and feel fine. I will probably go back for additional peels and take advantage of other services here..." :) 
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