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Your top 6 chemical peel questions answered


Chemical Peel FAQ

After the launch of Bioelements NEW Ultra-Detox Chemical Peels, we began receiving questions from skin care professionals across the country – How long will it take to see results? Can I perform extractions? Here are the 6 most-asked questions we’ve been asked, along with their (sometimes surprising) answers:

Q: How long will it take for my client to see results?

A: Short Term: Your client will see immediate results – an instant, healthy glow and softer skin. Long Term: With regular treatments, and the appropriate pre- and post-peel at home care, your client will continue to see dramatic results – softer, smoother skin with a more even-toned, clear complexion.

Q: How often can a client repeat a series of treatments?

A: Typically, a series of treatments is done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and lasts for 6 treatments. Depending on your client’s skin care concerns, a series of treatments can be repeated up to 3-4 times a year.

Q: If my client has acne, can I perform a peel using Glycolic Detox Charcoal Peel Level 2 or 3?

A: It depends on the type of acne your client has. For more inflamed acne (papules/pustules), we recommend you use Lactic-Plus Peel Level 1. If your client has more comedonal acne, then you can use either Glycolic Detox Charcoal Peel Level 2 or 3.

Q: If my client is not experiencing any tingling during the chemical peel application, is it necessary to glide the brush over the skin the entire time the peel is on the skin?

A: Yes. We are not doing this just to ease tingling sensations. It’s also to ensure the peel is applied evenly over the face. Plus it also feels good for the client, contributing to the overall spa experience a client expects – even when getting a peel!

Q: Can I perform extractions during the Ultra-Detox Chemical Peel? 

A: It depends on the client. The focus of this treatment must be the peel, and how the skin responds to the peel on the day of treatment. These peels are powerful, so you need to watch the skin to ensure it does not become too touch sensitive for extractions. However, if the skin is responding well, and you see a couple of open comedones that are ready to come off, then proceed with light pressure. If the breakouts are more numerous, or inflamed, then perhaps they would benefit more from you booking them for the Bioelements Acne Clearing Facial for their next treatment.

Q: Is it necessary for clients to use the products recommended for pre- and post-peel care if they are already using other Bioelements products?

A: Yes. It’s best if they use the recommended products for the entire duration of the Progressive Peel Series. It will be up to you as the esthetician to determine when they can resume their regular Bioelements at home care routine.


Have a question about the Ultra-Detox Chemical Peel? Ask in the comments below.

Comments (17)

kimberly says:
Dec 9, 2014

Which products are precisely needed for clinet’s pre-peel and post-peel home care regimen?

Kathleen says:
Jan 18, 2015

Can a person with rosacea get a gylcolic peel?

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel says:
Jan 19, 2015

Hi Kathleen,
Rosacea would be a contraindication for most chemical peels. However, with doctor’s permission, you could perform a Lactic-Plus Peel, due to its hydrating and healing nature. My two favorite products for chemical exfoliation for rosacea clients are EnzymeTherapy or Kerafole Mask. If you are a licensed professional and would like to learn how to perform a facial that is perfect for clients with sensitive and health-challenged skin, see our Calming Facial step-by step on If you need more help, you can email me directly on Thanks!

Judy says:
Sep 27, 2015

I am usi g retin a 1% what is ore and post with the ultra chemical peel? How long should I stop retin a and when did I go back to usi g retin a?

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel says:
Nov 20, 2015

Hi Judy, if this is a prescription, you should refer this question to your physician to determine when it is safe for you to receive a chemical peel, and when to resume your usage.

Tammy says:
Jan 26, 2016

I have applied other chemical peels right after I preform microdermabrasion, can I do the same with glycolic detox charcoal peel?

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel says:
Jan 27, 2016

Hi Tammy, we professionally recommend that you do not perform microdermabrasion and our chemical peels in the same treatment. Our peels are strong enough! I suggest you perform a series of microdermabrasion treatments, and then switch over to a series of Ultra-Detox Chemical Peels. The skin will become very responsive, since you are switching gears.

Kylie says:
Oct 29, 2016

How often can the Enzyme Therapy and softening gel exfoliant be performed?

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel says:
Oct 31, 2016

Hi Kylie, The answer to your question depends on a few factors: The sensitivity level of the skin on the day of service and in general, and which Bioelements Facial you are performing. For example, if you are performing The Calming Facial on a client, you may want to allow two weeks in between treatments. Of course, this also depends on what the client is using at home. If she is using the Bioelements products you’ve recommended twice daily and weekly, you may be able to perform facials up to once a week as the skin becomes stronger and healthier thanks to their Bioelements At Home Care Agenda that you’ve professionally recommended based on their skin’s needs.

Rachele says:
May 15, 2017

Do the new charcoal glycolic peels need to be neautralized or will they on their own? I’d like to start providing these at our salon, but the directions I received didn’t include what you need to do after rinsing with gauze and water. Also, the pro stores near me do not have the bio elements treatment brushes or scoops mentioned in the directions :/ What do you recommend instead?

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    May 19, 2017

    All three of our peels are neutralized when removed with water. We add a double-neutralizing step by applying Softening Gel to the skin. This water-based product not only ensures that the formula is completely neutralized, but the skin is further softened and has become even more permeable and receptive to both professional techniques and key ingredients that will be applied to the skin next.

    The scoops represent the following measurements:

    Blue scoop = 1 teaspoon

    White scoop= 1/3 teaspoon

    If you become a Bioelements Partnership Spa you can get the scoops and so much more for free. To learn more about the benefits of partnering with us, here is a link:

Cate Klesel says:
Feb 16, 2018

Hi, if my client is using retinol(not doctor prescribed) and she wants a chemical peel. How long does she need to stop using retinol before getting a chemical peel? Level 2.

Bridget Lucius says:
Feb 22, 2018

Can my client still be waxed while going through a series of chemical peels?

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Feb 22, 2018

    Hi Bridget! Yes, but you should wait 48 hours before and after to prevent possible irritation or lifting.

Andrea says:
Jun 30, 2018

What would you recommend for a thin 49 yo woman with healthy skin but significant loss of elasticity around the lower half of the face and neck? Will any of these peels really help with firming this?

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