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Chemical peels have proven effective in removing dirt, impurities and dead cells from the skin for many people. The ZO 3-Step skin peel is one of the most popular peels skin care professionals offer today.

The ZO 3-Step Peel is far from an ordinary peel and is designed to give you long-lasting benefits after the treatment. It makes use of retinol, different exfoliants and multi-action agents to produce collagen and restore moisture balance.

It makes your skin tighter, smoother, and softer and can only be performed in professionally clinic, by a professional. The ZO 3-Step peel deals with a number of skin-related matters such as melasma, acne, large pores, aging, sun damage and skin dullness.

Where Is It Performed?

This procedure is usually performed on the face, but it is also useful for other body parts such as the chest, arms, legs, hands and neck. It may give you instant results and makes your skin smooth, tight and bright after just one peel. However, if you wish to get better results, you may have to go for subsequent treatments based on what your doctor suggests.

What Are the Benefits?

  • It improves damage caused by the sun, melasma, fine lines, dullness and pores.
  • It suppresses inflammation of the skin due to hormones or the sun after the procedure.
  • It can work on any skin colour or type and is a harmless peel for any individual.
  • There is minimal irritation involved
  • Provides protection from antioxidants
  • It makes the skin able enough to renew or repair itself
  • Overall, it’s an effective method to deal with skin aging

To gain maximum benefits from the ZO 3-Step peel, you should get it done at least four times a year at four-week intervals.

What Steps Are Involved in the Procedure?

Step 1

The first step involves the peel treatment, which is targeted towards removing your skin’s outer layers. It has 10 percent trichloroacetic acid, 17 percent salicylic acid and 5 percent lactic acid. To make sure the inflammation is minimal, the formulation also involves saponins and glycerin.

Step 2

This step involves applying retinol cream to enhance collagen stimulation and make your skin firm and reduce wrinkles.

Step 3

chemical peel at dermatologistThe last step is all about minimizing irritation by applying a calming cream and restoring your balance of moisture. Once the in-office treatment is complete, your skin professional will give you this cream for application twice a day.

The peeling that follows after the procedure is often unnoticeable. This is because when you wash your face twice every day, it removes the dead cells. The peeling begins on the third day after your treatment and can go on for a total of seven days. The skin starts looking healthy fairly quickly as there isn’t any downtime involved.

Who Should Not Consider This Procedure?

The ZO 3 step peel is not suitable if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • On antibiotics

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for the Procedure?

Both women and men of all skin colors and types can enjoy benefits from the ZO 3-Step peel. If you’re someone who’s looking to improve their skin health,  the procedure can be a great choice. However, make sure that your skin is not extra sensitive as you may experience irritation. In addition, you can always consult a professional to decide if you should get the treatment done.

On the whole, anyone who’s struggling with an irregular skin texture, melasma, severe acne, hyperpigmentation etc., is an ideal candidate; unless they have a severe health condition that may act as an obstacle in the treatment course.

What Are the Side Effects?

Even though the ZO 3-step peel is considered safe generally, the possibility of side effects cannot be disregarded. There can be irritation after the treatment, but it’s often temporary and goes away in some days following the peel. Some side effects reported commonly are:

  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Flaking
  • Itching
  • Slight swelling
  • Peeling

However, all the side effects stated above are quite rare, and even if they occur, they only last for a few days. In case you experience them for an extended period of time, consult your clinician or dermatologist right away.

How Can You Minimize Risk?

  • Your skincare professional must pre-condition your skin with retinoic acid or retinol four to six weeks before the actual procedure.
  • Make sure there is pretreatment of four percent hydroquinone involved if you are suffering from hyperpigmentation.
  • Avoid getting it done if you have previously been exposed to radiation therapy.
  • If you have been suffering from fever or cold sores, make sure to treat them with suppressants at least seven days before the day of the procedure

How Much Does It Cost?

The treatment cost varies depending on how many peels you require and how often. The clinic or the vicinity also matters because the cost is different everywhere. However, on average, it costs over $200.

If you’re dealing with any of the conditions listed earlier and have understood the procedure requirements and conditions, you can take the next step and consult your dermatologist at one of our 18 convenient locations to set up an appointment for the procedure.