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What is a Chemical peel?

Sanitas Peels

    What is a "light" chemical peel?
    What is a "medium" chemical peel?
    What is a "deep" chemical peel?
    What are the contraindications and precautions?
    What to expect during a chemical peel?
    There are 4 basic skin types.
    Post peel instructions.

VI Peels

What are the benefits of VI?
What are the ingredients in VI?
What are the contraindications for VI Peel?
Pre-Peel Skin Care
Post-Peel Skin Care


What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are composed of chemical solutions that are designed to remove the top-most outer layers of the skin (stratum corneum) so that new, regenerated skin replaces the old.

Peels can improve uneven skin tones related to age spots, acne scarring, excessive oil and breakouts, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, poor circulation and skin laxity (loose skin).

Chemical peels are classified as light to deep. The depth and strength of the peel depends on the type of acid as well as the pH balance. The deeper the peel, the more profound the results and the longer the recovery time.

Sanitas Chemical Peels

Differences in Sanitas Light to Deep Chemical Peels:

Sanitas Light Chemical Peels:

  • Light peels we currently offer: Lactic Acid Peel Mask
  • Perfect for a first time peel or those that want the glow and radiance of a peel without visible peeling
  • Superficial peel and requires no downtime with only mild irritation.
  • Noticeable softness and improvement in skin tone and texture
  • Even out skin pigmentation and smooth out dry rough skin
  • Very effective in treating mild acne problems
  • Best results: 3-6 treatments every 4-6 weeks

Sanitas Medium Chemical Peels:

  • Medium peels we currently offer: Alpha Peel 20% and 30%, Beta Peel 17%
  • Anti-aging, stimulates collagen, improve moisture, minimizes pores/blemishes, detoxifying, softens skin
  • 5-7 day recovery with noticeable flaking/peeling
  • Best results: 3-6 treatment every 4-6 weeks

Sanitas Deep Chemical Peels:

  • Deep peels we currently offer: TCA 10%, Jessner's Peel
  • Done in layers to improve mature or dry, damaged skin
  • 7-10 day recovery with noticeable peeling
  • Noticeable improvement to skin tone/texture, improved hydration, reduces scarring and hyperpigmentation
  • Stays on the skin for 24-48 hours at home with no washing

Sanitas Body Peels:

  • Body peels we currently offer: TCA 10% and Jessner's Peel are the most commonly used but any of our peels can be used as a body peel.
  • Treat pigment on hands, neck, décolleté and arms
  • Can be done as a stand alone treatment or as an add on

What are the Contraindications and Precautions?

  • If history of cold sores, oral anti-viral medication is recommended for 5-7 days prior to procedure
  • Patch test spot done on sensitive skin clients or clients with their first peel (wait 7 days) If no abnormal itching, redness, rash or skin thickening, proceed with peel
  • Who cannot get a chemical peel?
    • Pregnant or lactating (a few exceptions exist for this rule)
    • Active, pustular acne
    • Accutane in the last 6 months
    • Retin A in the last 5-7 days
    • Allergic to aspirin or other salicylates
    • Plastic surgery (in treatment area) within the last 3-6 months
    • Sun allergies or sun burnt skin
    • Recent waxing, laser, botox or fillers
    • Recent radiation for cancer

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What to expect during a Sanitas chemical peel?

  1. After washing your face, we apply a Peel Pre-Treatment, to gently dissolve oils and prepare skin for penetration of the peel.
  2. The chemical peel is applied with cotton gauze. Some peels require just one layer, other peels require several layers.
  3. The skin will often tingle, sting or feel warm/hot. Some can be intense! You can hold a fan to reduce the intensity of the stinging.
  4. Some peels require a neutralizer to stop the chemical action of the peel. Others will be applied and works over 24-48 hours at home.
  5. After treatment the skin often appears sun burnt, “frosted” or pink.
  6. Skin should feel tighter and be more sensitive. Sometimes the skin appears darker (temporary) in a day or so.
  7. Skin sloughing or flaking usually occurs in 2-10 days.
  8. Occasionally breakouts will appear (for up to 7 days)
  9. Depending on the peel, moisturizers and other skin products are applied.

Four Basic Skin Types:

  • Normal Skin: cheeks are smooth, moist to touch and evenly pigmented. Occasionally dry or oily
  • Combination Skin: cheeks are smooth, moist to touch and evenly pigmented, but forehead nose or chin often feel oily
  • Dry Skin: feels tight, flaky, dehydrated and irritates easily (redness, blotchy, or inflamed)
  • Oily Skin: shiny, congested, prone to blemishes

Post Peel Instructions

  • Avoid sun exposure, your skin is especially sensitive to sunlight after a peel, makes you more prone to scaring and hyperpigmentation if sun exposure on peeling skin
  • Do not exfoliate your skin for at least 3 days
  • Do not pick off skin flaking - can lead to scarring
  • Avoid Retinols on your skin for at least 3 days
  • No laser treatments, facial, botox or fillers for 2 weeks

Sanitas Chemical Peel Options:

Lactic Acid Peel Mask (Light Peel):

  • All skin types-including ethnic skin
  • Recommended for dry, sensitive, thin or aging skin
  • Quick, superficial yet effective peel. No visible flaking of the epidermal layer. “lunchtime peel”
  • Perfect peel for those who have never had a peel
  • Very moisturizing, skin feels smooth and clean
  • Safe and effective during pregnancy
  • Best results: 3-6 treatments at a 4-6 week interval

Alpha Peel 20% and 30% (Medium Peel):

  • All skin types
  • Recommended for normal, dry or mature skin
  • Particularly effective for fine lines and wrinkles
  • 20% more mild, 30% a little stronger
  • Noticeable flaking/peeling for 5-7 days
  • Best results: 3-6 treatments at a 4-6 week interval

Beta Peel 17% (Medium Peel):

  • Normal/oily/combination skin types
  • Recommended for acneic, thick, oily or pigmented skin
  • Improves and helps speed healing of acne
  • Noticeable flaking/peeling for 5-7 days

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TCA 10% (Deep Peel):

  • All skin types
  • Can be done in 1-3 layers, light peeling to deeper peeling
  • 1 layer: flaking. 2 layers: flaking/peeling 3 layers: peeling
  • One layer is especially effective on sensitive, delicate skin
  • Reduce deep photo damaged skin and acne scarring.
  • Improves texture of leathery, sun damaged skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Great for hands and décolleté

Jessner’s Peel (Deep Peel):

  • Normal/oily/aged skin types and ethnic skin
  • Rapid, deep skin exfoliation
  • Ideal treatment for aged, acne prone or hyper pigmented skin
  • Strength determined by number of layers put on (1-4 layers)
  • Downtime peel-Expect skin to peel for a week or more

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VI Chemical Peel

The VI Peel is ideal for:

  • treating hyperpigmentation and melasma
  • reversing sun damage and signs of aging
  • improving skin tone and texture
  • clearing Acne & reducing Acne scars
  • stimulating collagen growth and elastin production, for younger looking skin
  • reducing the appearance of pores


There are many benefits, including:

  • The VI Peel is safe for all skin types and ethnicities;
  • It is the only peel safe to use on the eye area, neck, chest and hands;
  • No skin preconditioning is necessary. See pre- and post-peel skin care, below;
  • It is virtually discomfort free. Clients typically experience a warm, tingly sensation that quickly subsides;
  • There is little or no downtime. The actually peeling process lasts 2 to 3 days, and is easily managed with the post-peel kit that is included with the peel;
  • You'll see beautiful results in just one week.


The VI Peel consists of a synergistic blend of five acids that no other peel offers:

  • TCA - Trichloroacetic Acid for penetration, deep scar healing; stimulates collagen growth;
  • Retin-A - an acid derived from vitamin A to combat wrinkles;
  • Salicylic Acid - this beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is an exfoliant;
  • Phenol - has antiseptic and anesthetic properties; aids in skin penetration;
  • Vitamin C - ascorbic acid has antioxidant and mild exfoliation properties


Those with allergies to any of the ingredients above and women who are pregnant or nursing should notundergo a VI Peel.

Pre-Peel Skin Care

The best results are achieved by having a consultation with a skin care professional to discuss the peel pre- and post-peel home care to acheive the best results from the VI Peel and to maintain those benefits.

  • Avoid all peels and exfoliating treatments, including laser, for a month prior to your VI Peel.
  • Exfoliating products (glycolic acid, vitamin C, retin-A, etc.) should be discontinued for a week before your VI Peel. Likewise, do not use any abrasive products on your face [and/or chest or hands] that would cause mechanical exfoliation. Men should not shave the day of the VI Peel.

Post-Peel Skin Care

The VI Peel has just given you the equivalent of multiple peels. So, for a week or two following the peel it's best to avoid exfoliating products like glycolic acid and retinols. Avoid direct and prolonged exposure to the sun, and we recommend you use a sunscreen at all times. Do not exercise for the duration of the peel because your skin is sensitized and perspiration will irritate your skin.

Resist the temptation of pulling your peeling skin off it's important that you let it peel naturally, or scarring and skin discoloration may occur. Manage your appearance instead with the included post-peel kit. In case of irritation, EBAC's Aloe Cort cream may be applied to the affected area (keep in mind that Aloe Cort cream will stop the peeling process where it is applied.) Never use over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams, as they are not formulated for facial skin.

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