Chemical Peels
in Boise, ID

Exfoliation is the key to younger, healthier, more vibrant skin. Our skin is in a constant state of change, shedding old, dull, and damaged skin cells and replacing them with new cells.

At Silk Touch, we offer chemical peels to simply give the exfoliation process a boost. We offer a series of different peels depending on the degree of exfoliation your skin needs to look its best.

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What is a chemical peel?

Ever since the time of Cleopatra, humans have applied different substances to their facial skin to encourage the turnover of the old, dead outer cells. These are known as chemical peels. The strength of the peeling agent dictates the strength of the chemical peel. There are light, medium, and deep peels (we don’t perform deep peels at Silk Touch). 

A woman getting a chemical peel treatment.

Mild peeling agents usually are naturally occurring acids from the alpha-hydroxy family, such as glycolic acid (from sugar cane) and lactic acid (sour milk). Medium peels often use trichloroacetic acid. When applied, these peeling agents simply encourage the skin to slough off the outer layer, revealing healthier skin beneath.

How do chemical peels work?

When the acids used as peeling agents are applied to the skin, they raise the acidity of the skin. Our skin normally has a pH of around 5.5, and peeling agents raise the acidity to around a 3.8 pH level (lower numbers mean more acidic, neutral levels are 7.0). This change in pH loosens the cells that form the adhesion or “glue” between dead skin cells and healthy skin cells beneath. Once the peeling agent loosens those bonds, exfoliation occurs as the dead skin cells are shed and healthy skin cells are revealed. The process speeds the natural exfoliation cycle, and it promotes the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

What issues can chemical peels treat?

At Silk Touch MedSpa, we use chemical peels to improve these skin issues:

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  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Texture issues
  • Pigmentation problems
  • Age spots
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Freckles
  • Scaly patches

Types of Chemical Peels:

LACTIC ACID PEEL

Lactic Acid derived from milk is milder than a Glycolic Acid peel, and typically better for working on hyperpigmentation problems, age spots and freckles. Our formulation contains licorice extract, an effective skin lightening additive.  The Lactic Acid Peel is appropriate for dry skin or oily skin.  This peel penetrates the epidermis, is non-irritating and is an excellent exfoliant.

GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL

Glycolic Acid is a good all-around acid for normal-oily skin types to exfoliate the skin.

Glycolic Acid is an excellent peel if you have oily, acneic skin or blackheads and need to deep clean your pores. You will see more clarity in the surface texture of your skin, and acne marks will fade.

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If you have more of “normal” skin and want to soften lines and other topical skin marks the Glycolic Acid Peel is effective at giving the skin an all-over revival for a youthful glow.

PCA ULTRA PEEL ®

Specially formulated to treat dehydrated, maturing skin, Ultra Peel® I is also appropriate for many skin types, conditions and sensitivities. It will help treat smoker’s skin, pigment disorders, sun damaged skin and acne.

This treatment is especially ideal for sensitive skin, as it produces only a mild tingling sensation. Moderate to aggressive exfoliation will be experienced, depending on the number of layers applied. Overall, the final result will be plump, hydrated and ultra-soft skin.

We recommend multiple sessions required for optimum results!

Looking better makes you feel better.

*Procedure results are typical and may vary to the claims and to any before and after

What are the benefits of having a chemical peel?

While most of us don’t think of our skin as an organ, it is in fact the largest organ in the human body. It’s a pretty miraculous protective wrapping that covers every square inch of the body. All in all, our skin, if laid out flat, would occupy about 20 square feet of space.

Humans shed our entire outer layer of skin every 2-4 weeks. Healthy skin cells start at the bottom of your epidermis, about 1/3 of an inch down. As these cells mature, they prepare to deal with the elements by producing a waterproof compound called keratin. As your body produces fresh skin cells, these newcomers push the older cells out from the base of the epidermis and toward the surface. This process takes from 2-4 weeks. By the time a skin cell reaches the surface, it’s little more than a dead, scale-like structure that’s filled with keratin but none of the ordinary cellular machinery. Each surface skin cell lasts about 30 days.

Portrait of girl with clear skin holding a picture of herself with acne problems. Exfoliation is the name for this process. Chemical peels simply help to speed up the final portion, enabling the outer dead skin cells to hit the road. A great benefit of chemical peels is that they are basically a natural process: we’re simply accelerating the skin shedding by the use of glycolic or lactic acid. This is especially helpful in the dry, high altitude climate of Boise and the entire Mountain West, where our skin is exposed to lots of sun, wind, and other environmental factors that damage and age our skin.

At Silk Touch, our glycolic acid, lactic acid, and PCA Ultra Peels are completely noninvasive. There are no injections or incisions involved. Our patients like that aspect of these treatments. Plus, they really work to improve the skin tone and vibrancy, all the while removing fine lines and wrinkles and many of those age spots and other areas of sun damage.

How do I know which peel is right for my skin?

At Silk Touch, our skin experts help you decide which peel is the best for your skin type and unique skin issues. Whether you have dry or oily skin, whether your skin is normal or sensitive, our experienced, knowledgeable team will help you decide on the peel that is best for your situation.

How is a chemical peel done?

The actual peel portion of these treatments at Silk Touch varies depending on the type of peel and the peeling agent. Overall, the entire treatment usually takes around 30 minutes. We first thoroughly clean your skin. We then apply the peeling agent. We can do this with a cotton ball, gauze, or brush. The glycolic or lactic acid peel formulation is applied, and your skin will begin to whiten. You may feel a mild stinging, but this is minimal. We leave the agent on for the prescribed time and then wipe it off. Neutralization isn’t necessary. We then rinse your face and apply a mask.

How often can I get a chemical peel?

Because we only provide light to lower-strength medium peels at Silk Touch, there are few restrictions on frequency. Our light peels can be done on a regular basis to help keep your skin looking vibrant and refreshed by helping to shed dead surface skin cells. Medium strength peels, such as the PCA Ultra Peel, shouldn’t be done more than three or four times per year.

Are chemical peels considered to be safe? What are the risks?

Chemical peels are nothing new. They’ve been performed for centuries. When chemical peels are done by trained, experienced professionals, such as our team at Silk Touch MedSpa, they are safe and effective. Getting a chemical peel from the place you get your nails done is a bad idea. The chemical agents can burn and scar if the person applying them doesn’t know what he or she is doing.

You need to remember the goal — to remove varying degrees of the outer layers of the skin. Because this exfoliation is forced to a deeper degree, there is some redness and tenderness after your treatment. Your face will feel a little dry. With a light peel, it will feel as if you have a light sunburn. With a medium peel, it will feel more like a medium sunburn. There will be some light flaking with light peels. Medium peels will have a little crusting of the skin. Other than that, our light and medium chemical peels are safe without any real side effects.

Deep peels have a much more involved recovery and there can be danger of infection and scarring; that’s one reason Dr. Kerr has opted not to perform deep phenol peels at Silk Touch.

Shot of an attractive young woman getting a chemical peel at a beauty spa

Your face will feel a little dry. With a light peel, it will feel as if you have a light sunburn. With a medium peel, it will feel more like a medium sunburn. There will be some light flaking with light peels. Medium peels will have a little crusting of the skin. Other than that, our light and medium chemical peels are safe without any real side effects.

Deep peels have a much more involved recovery and there can be danger of infection and scarring; that’s one reason Dr. Kerr has opted not to perform deep phenol peels at Silk Touch.

Are chemical peels painful?

Deep peels can be quite painful, both during the process and during recovery. That’s another reason we don’t offer deep peels at our Boise practice.

The light and low-level medium peels we perform at Silk Touch can create some mild stinging as the peeling agent is applied, but this is minimal and is easily tolerated. These are not painful treatments.

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