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80 ASCP Skin Deep Summer 2022 CHEMICAL PEELS ARE PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS that can dramatically improve the appearance and health of the skin. They're easy to learn, extraordinarily safe, and have minimal complications. While chemical peels can vary in intensity from superficial to medium to deep, a typical treatment, called the "lunchtime peel," can be performed in a skin care professional's office in just a few minutes. There's little to no downtime after a lunchtime peel, and the only evidence that a client has been treated is their healthy glowing countenance. These extremely effective procedures take advantage of the body's ability to repair itself, as well as regenerate healthier and more functional tissue in response to trauma. Biologists call this phenomenon hormesis, and it can be described as the body's and the skin's ability to "build back better" in response to stress. In fact, this hormetic effect happens throughout the living, natural world: Plants have bushier leaves when they're cut back; intermittent fasting (nutrient deprivation) strengthens metabolism and can add years to your life; brains develop more neural connections when they're challenged with puzzles; and skin can come back healthier and prettier after it's peeled. You can think of a chemical peel as the skin's version of exercise. When we work out, we stress our muscles. This results in the secretion of acid (lactic acid to be specific, and not coincidentally, an ideal ingredient for a chemical peel!) and creates micro-damage to fibers. As we all know, the body responds to the duress of exercise by growing bigger and more powerful muscles.

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