Proper Peeling

Understanding chemical peel use and safety


Chemical peels are one of the top treatments estheticians can offer to give their client smooth, radiant, and ageless skin. With the right training and continuing education, they are quick to apply, can offer minimal downtime, and fast results. In this article, I will be bringing attention to the basic safety points to ensure your client gets the best results and so that you can protect your practice. I’ll break it down into what you should be thinking of before you even consider offering it as a suggestion to things to look out for during a peel.

Know Your Client’s Skin

First thing to consider is your client’s current skin, skin goals, and personal health. What is their Fitzpatrick type? Do they have an at home routine? What is their lifestyle? Are they on any medications? These are all questions you should be asking in your intake to be sure we are setting ourselves up for success. When a client’s skin is too far one way or the other on the Fitzpatrick scale it dictates the type of peel, the depth of the peel, and if it is even an option for them.

Educating your client on appropriate aftercare is equally as important as us being knowledgeable.


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Kara McLucas-Mark

Kara McLucas-Mark is a licensed esthetician with a medical focus. She has worked with multiple modalities including non-ablative lasers, microcurrent, ultrasound skin tightening, and radiofrequency machines. She lives with her husband and two dogs outside of Annapolis, MD. She loves learning about new skin developments, her LED light, and jade roller!