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MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q-How much downtime is expected with a peel?

A- There is no downtime whatsoever with Physicians's Choice chemical peels. You can actually receive a peel on your lunch hour and return to work.

Q- When will I start "peeling", for how long and how much?

A- Everyone's experience will be different. However, on an average, you will see flaking by day two or three following the treatment. It is possible to see flaking for up to five or six days. With all Physician's Choice peels, only light to medium exfoliation will be experienced.

Q-How irritating is a peel?

A-PCA peels are only slightly irritating. You may experience mild burning or stinging, which is transient.

Q- What is the difference between the three formulas of the PCA Peel?

A- The PCA Peel HQ Free exfoliating treatment is for sensitive skin types, ethnic skin, or those allergic to hydroquinone. The PCA Peel with HQ exfoliating treatment has a stronger lightening ability and will help even out the skin tone. The PCA Peel with HQ and Resorcinol exfoliating treatment is for most resilient skin types and will provide more exfoliation. This formula is great for someone who has reached a plateau with monthly treatments and needs a more aggressive treatment.

Q-What is the difference between the PCA Peel versus the Ultra Peel?

A-The Ultra Peel exfoliating treatment is less sensitizing than the PCA Peel exfoliating treatment due to the complexity of the formula. The PCA Peel exfoliating treatment has more of a drying effect and the Ultra Peel exfoliating treatment has a more instant lightening ability, whereas, the Ultra Peel lightening process is more gradual.

Q- Why would Ultra Peel II be applied, and when?

A- Ultra Peel II exfoliating treatment increases hydration and will ensure more flaking and peeling post-treatment. It can be applied after any Physician's Choice treatment or it can be a very mild yet effective treatment when used alone.

Q- What is resorcinol? Why use the PCA Peel with HQ and Resorcinol and who is an appropriate candidate?

A- Resorcinol is an antiseptic, antifungal, astringent and flaking agent. The PCA Peel with HQ and Resorcinol exfoliating treatment is excellent on active acne, smoker's skin, oily, thick, resilient skin and hand and arm treatments.

Condition: Sun-induced hyperpigmentation
Treatment:pHaze 13 Pigment Gel Forte HQ Free dyschromia controller
b.i.d. for 7 weeks and had one PCA Peel HQ free exfoliating

Q- What peels are recommended for use in conjunction with microdermabrasion?

A- There are many ways to enhance your results by using Physician's Choice products with microdermabrasion. Several of the exfoliating treatments can be used to encourage peeling, hydration and lightening of the skin. The Ultra Peel I, Ultra Peel II, Supra Peel and Sensi Peel exfoliating treatments are all very effective choices for use with gentle microdermabrasion.

Q-Which peels can be used with the Oxy Trio?

A- The PCA Peel, Ultra Peel I an II, Supra Peel or Sensi Peel exfoliating treatments can all be used in conjunction with the Oxy Trio, however, not all at the same time.

Q-Can a person who is in the sun a lot receive a peel?

A- Yes, only if they are a compliant with using sunscreen protection. If you are getting peels to lighten the skin, pHaze I3 Light N'Block Pigment Cream SPF 25+ is ideal to reduce any chance of further hyperpigmentation.

Q-What peels can be used on someone who frequently works out?

A- Someone who frequently works out can have any peel but may wait 48 hours after the treatment to exercise. If you don't want to wait, the Non-Burning Facial Peel is a great choice. This treatment uses out Ultra Peel II exfoliating treatment which is an acid-free, time-released retinol cream. It has a delayed flaking action that creates no irritation or downtime and leaves the skin glowing and hydrated.

Q- My skin is very thin. Why would I want to peel? Wouldn't that make my skin thinner?

A- If your skin is dry and thin, often there is a buildup of dead cells that actually keeps your home care products from penetrating. Having an Ultra Peel, Supra Peel pr Sensi Peel exfoliating treatment will remove that surface buildup, hydrate the skin and give it a more plump, "thicker" appearance. The use of topical vitamin C in a treatment, as well as in your home care program, will help to build the collagen in your skin, thus making it stronger and more durable.

Q- Can Pregnant or lactating women receive a peel?

A- No. We recommend only the Oxygenating Facial Trio for pregnant or lactating women.

Q- Are there any treatments that are good for rosacea?

A- Physicians's Choice offers many options for the effective treatment of rosacea. Our low-burning TCA and lactic acid blend peel solutions are wonderful choices for rosacea. The Ultra Peel I, Supra Peel and Sensi Peel exfoliating treatments all act as antibacterial agents while reducing inflammation and promoting healing. Rosacea is best controlled with a combination of in-office treatments, home care products and lifestyle considerations.


Condition: Sun- induced hyperpigmentation
Treatment: pHaze 13 Pigment Gel Forte HQ Free dyschomia controller b.i.d. for 7
weeks and had one PCA Peel HQ Free exfoliating treatment

Q- Can someone using Retin-A or Accutane have any Physician's Choice treatments?

A- We generally recommend that Retin-A use be stopped five days prior to a peel and five days post treatment because of potential irritation and uneven peel penetration. Accutane users tend to have very dry and sensitive skin and need to be treated only with peels that are appropriate for their skin type. We have found that the Physician's Choice peel solutions are Accutane friendly. However, your skin care specialist should always be made of aware of any Retin-A or Accutane use.

Q- I thought TCA was very aggressive and required a week at home for recovery. Why is this not true of your peels that contain TCA?

A- Ultra Peel I, Ultra Peel II, Supra Peel and Sensi Peel exfoliating treatments are effective because of their formulations but work in a way that does not traumatize the skin like traditional, straight TCA peels. As with all other Physicians's Choice peels, there is no downtime. Following Ultra Peel I, Ultra Peel II, Supra Peel and Sensi Peel exfoliating treatments the skin is glowing and hydrated; exfoliation occurs more as flaking, unlike TCA.

Q-What is the difference between PCA and glycolic peels?

A- Glycolic acid will dehydrate skin and make pores larger after extended use. PCA uses lactic and citric acids which are skin-friendly because they are natural constituents of your skin. Physician's Choice peels are unique because they are moisturizing and hydrating and leave your skin fresh, soft and supple.