Professional peels

You may be wondering how Prescriber’s Choice peels compare to branded lines.  Our peels are produced in small batches and come from a registered FDA facility for starters.  They are not buffered and come in a wider selection with varying bases.  Because we are private labeled, you are not paying the higher costs to purchase them as you may be with some of the larger brands.

The average cost to purchase a 4oz bottle of Prescriber’s Choice professional peels is only $50.  That’s one-third the cost to purchase most popular branded peels.  The average profit from performing one peel service in your office is estimated at $100.  You will be able to perform 28 peels on average from a 4oz peel bottle.  That’s $2800 profit in your investment of $50 for one of our peels!  That could mean an additional $120,000 yearly revenue stream for your practice.

If you are not offering chemical peel services in your practice, the simple question is why not?  They are easy to perform in as little as 30 minutes start to finish, your patients want them, and they will lead to better treatment outcomes.  They are a great alternative (or complement) to expensive procedures and patients love the fact that peels are relatively pain-free, do not require a lot of prep, and there is little to no downtime.

Broadly speaking, a Chemical Peel is an accelerated form of exfoliation. It can be mild to severe. A mild peel speeds up the sloughing of skin resulting in immediate gratification for most skin types and conditions. A deeper peel may result in a few days of shedding for your patient but the advantages are numerous.

When recommending a series of peels to your patients, they can be simply explained so that the word “peel” isn’t a scary proposition.  Chemical Exfoliation makes skin brighter, smoother, softer, and more radiant. It also improves wrinkling and other signs of aging by stimulating the thickening of the epidermis and dermis.

It is also extremely helpful for keeping pores clear. If you experience breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, or milia, exfoliation reduces the buildup that could plug up a pore.

Sun-damaged skin that is thick and rough also benefits from exfoliation, as it smooths out some of the roughness.

If you have hyperpigmentation (an excess of melanin), exfoliation removes the outer layers of melanin, which can lighten spots or areas of discoloration.

In addition, exfoliated skin also increases product penetration. So, more ingredients get delivered into the skin.  Their skin care products for home care will now be more effective.

Prescriber’s Choice offers twelve different peeling solutions so that providers can select the most appropriate peel for patients based on their skin type, conditions or concerns, skin color or ethnicity, as well as lifestyle.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids, commonly known as AHAs, are mild acids that primarily come from plant sources or are produced synthetically. They are the most common acids used in skin care.

AHAs are best for thick, photo-damaged skin, dry, dull skin, or oily, acne-prone skin.

    • glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) – strongest AHA but most irritating, not suitable for some sensitive skins
    • lactic acid (originally derived from milk) – a good alternative because less irritating than glycolic acid; also hydrating and brightening
    • azelaic acid (derived from wheat & rye) – helps minimize pigmentation
    • kojic acid (derived from soy & rice) – helps minimize pigmentation

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) are similar to AHAs except they are oil-soluble (whereas AHA’s are water-soluble). Being oil-soluble means they are oil-loving.

This makes it good for skin with blemishes or blackheads. A BHA can get through an oil ‘plug’ in pores and exfoliate inside the pores, removing the build-up of dead skin cells and debris.

Salicylic Acid is the most common BHA. It is found in virtually every acne line and in many exfoliants.

    • salicylic acid – also has natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and suppresses oil production
    • natural alternatives – willowherb, sweet birch, wintergreen

Polyhydroxy Acids

Polyhydroxy Acids are more gentle relatives of AHAs, which are good for sensitive skin or people with atopic dermatitis (eczema) or rosacea.

They are also strong humectants, which means they can hydrate skin in addition to exfoliate it.

    • lactobionic acid
    • gluconolactone

The only complaint we hear sometimes from patients is that they didn’t “peel”, and so they think that it didn’t work.  We know this is a common misconception as we do not have to see visible shedding to see the results of a chemical peel.

We can’t see skin shedding most of the time(fortunately!) but it is happening all the time. We shed about 30,000-40,000 dead skin cells every minute. Or about 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime!

However, with age the rate of new skin cell production and shedding slows down. (Like everything else in our body.)

Cell turnover is the number of days it takes for a cell to shed from the time it is born (the time it takes to travel from the basal layer to the stratum corneum in the epidermis). The average is 28 days for a young adult.

Look at these numbers to see how Cell Turnover drops with age. It is significant. Shedding takes twice as long for a 50 year old compared to a teenager.

Cell Turnover Rates

  • 21-28 days for teenagers
  • 28-42 days for adults under 50
  • 42-84 days for adults over 50

With slower shedding, those dead skin cells end up piling up on top of skin, which produces a dull and lackluster look. That buildup needs help being removed. That’s where exfoliation comes in and that’s why chemical peels are appropriate for every skin type and condition.  However, I do believe that a Progressive approach to skin peeling is better than an Aggressive approach as there can sometimes be complications from being overly aggressive.  Education and proper peel selection are key!

To schedule a Peels Training for your office, please contact our Education team at education@prescriberschoice.com