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Everything You Need to Know About Facial Peels in Minneapolis

Different types of facial peels in Minneapolis work to achieve the same results—a more youthful, rejuvenated look. Facial peels—sometimes referred to as chemical peels—can be the perfect treatment for many skin types. Find your perfect facial peel treatment at Vively Body Science.

Contact us with your questions, schedule an appointment, or enjoy a virtual consultation. Together we can create a treatment plan to help you look and feel your best.

A facial peel can return the appeal of smooth, revived skin. Read on to understand the process, and what the types of facial peels can do for you in Minneapolis, Wayzata, Plymouth, and surrounding areas.

What is a “Facial Peel”?

A facial peel is the same thing as a “chemical peel,” a name that might scare you at first. Though accurate, the term doesn’t illustrate the full healing process. 

But for simplicity’s sake, a facial peel treatment applies a specifically-crafted solution to your skin. This solution helps remove the top layers of dermis (outermost layer), so that your skin replaces dead skin cells with smoother, brighter, and more youthful layers.

3 basic types of facial peels

The two outermost layers of your skin are the epidermis and the dermis. Different types of facial peels are categorized by how deeply they penetrate your skin and which layers are encouraged to shed by the chemical exfoliants.

Light facial peels

Light facial peels work gently, using an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) like glycolic acid. This exfoliant solution penetrates only the outermost layer of skin for removal.

With a light peel, any redness and irritation you experience while recovering should be very minimal. You’ll typically only need a few days to a week of limited product use and sun exposure for your recovery.

Light peels are ideal for first-time clients, or those who have sensitive skin. They work best to address:

  • Fine lines
  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Unwanted texture
  • Uneven skin tone

Due to the gentle nature of light facial peels in Minneapolis, we recommend a series of treatments for best results.

Medium facial peels

Medium peels require a longer recovery period, but produce more dramatic results after just a single treatment. Immediately following your facial peel, you may experience redness, irritation, and flakiness as your skin begins to shed its dead and dull exterior. The redness may persist for a couple weeks to a month, eventually revealing a refreshed and rejuvenated you!

This type of facial peel works well on more pronounced:

  • Acne scars
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation
  • Sun spots

You can receive medium-depth facial peels every 4 to 6 months to maintain your results.

Deep facial peels

These facial peels in Minneapolis use the strongest ingredients and penetrate your skin through the dermis. Deep chemical peels are reserved for clients with extensive:

Deep facial peels also require a longer and more intense recovery process, including limiting your skincare products, sun exposure, and exercise for a period of time. Peeling and flaking may persist for 2-3 weeks, with redness lasting around 6 weeks. 

What’s the payoff? Deep facial peels in Minneapolis result in a highly transformative treatment that can last for years. You won’t need to repeat the procedure to get the full effect.

Quick facts on chemical peels in Minneapolis.

How to choose the type of facial peel

You won’t find a one-size-fits-all facial peel at Vively Body Science. That’s why before your treatment, you’ll meet with a member of our team of specialists in Wayzata to discuss how a chemical peel can help. 

Based on our initial consultation, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that reflects your desired results. Depending on the type of peel and amount of correction, you may see results after one treatment, but most patients see the best results after 3 to 6 treatments. We’ll go over not only your goals, but your history and how we got to now.

Skin history

Essential considerations for choosing the right peel include all elements of your skin’s history. Skin sensitivity, likelihood of pigmentation or scarring, and your skin type (dry, normal, or oily) can all affect how your skin reacts to a chemical peel. For example, if you have sensitive skin you will likely need multiple, lighter, more gentle facial peels.

Treatment goals

Different types of chemical peels work better to achieve specific treatment results. Understanding your treatment goals, whether it’s smoothing fine lines or reducing the appearance of scars, helps the providers at Vively Body Science make personalized recommendations to suit your unique needs. 

Your lifestyle

What’s your day-to-day look like? How you enjoy life affects your recovery process after a chemical peel. If you’re extremely active, choosing a peel that requires a lengthy recovery time may be disruptive to your routine; you may prefer a light peel that requires only a few days of downtime.

It’s all a balancing act, based solely on your lifestyle and what you’d like to achieve.

Benefits of facial peels in Minneapolis

The most amazing benefit from a facial peel at Vively Body Science happens when you look in the mirror and see smoother, brighter skin. Your face appears more youthful, and feels silky to your touch. 

A facial peel also works with other issues, helping to:

  • Reduce or improve fine lines and wrinkles
  • De-emphasize and cleanse acne
  • Reduce or improve mild scarring (including acne scars)
  • Even out skin pigmentation (melasma)/uneven skin tone
  • Reduce or reverse long-term sun damage
  • Address rough skin/scaly patches
  • Remove dead skin cells
  • Decongest pores
  • Boost hydration
  • A great alternative to laser
  • Boost effectiveness of skincare products

Popular facial peels in Minneapolis

Our clients have some favorite facial peels, which we customize for each skin type. Contact us and let’s go over not only the 3 types of peels, but these 3 client favorites.

ZO 3-step peel


Our providers can use 3-Step ZO facial peel on most parts of the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, and legs. 

The first step is a solution made from lactic acid, salicylic acid, and TCA. The second step is a retinol creme application which penetrates deeper thanks to the peel. Retinol helps reduce wrinkles—firming and toning your skin while evening out pigmentation. 

The third step is a calming creme. This solution stimulates collagen production, along with hyaluronic acid which helps to retain moisture in your skin. 

Recovery time

You’ll experience some skin roughness up to 48 hours after the treatment. On the third and fourth days, dead cells will slough away, leaving your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.


Improvement starts around 2 weeks, with final results appearing within 6 weeks. Continued use of recommended ZO skincare products post-treatment will continue to help smooth your skin, diminish red spots, and address fine lines and wrinkles.

Illuminize peel by SkinMedica®


Your Vively Body Science provider will apply the Illuminize by SkinMedica solution, which includes light peeling agents alpha and beta hyrdroxyl acids (AHAs and BHAs). 

Depending on whether you want a light or heavy facial peel, we may also use deeper peeling agents like trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and carbolic acid.

Recovery time

Your skin should look fresh and glowing immediately after the treatment. Some patients may notice mild discoloration or redness, which will fade after a few days.


You will see immediate improvement after just one peel. After 3 to 6 peels, significant results should become apparent. You can repeat the treatment every 3 to 4 weeks until you reach your goals. 

Cool Peel® by Environ®


Cool Peel by Environ functions differently from other chemical peels. As part of our selection of facial peels in Minneapolis, Vively offers this system designed to support the natural processes of healthy skin. Cool Peel also provides a variety of peel products under the Cool Peel name.

The low pH of the Cool Peel solutions preserves as much of your epidermis as possible. It stimulates your skin to increase collagen production, gently and frequently without any sensation of heat or tingling.

Recovery time

You may experience mild redness or tingling following your peel for 1 to 2 days. Ater 1 to 3 days, you’ll notice mild to moderate peeling of the skin. 


As with other facial peels, you’ll register immediate improvements after your Cool Peel treatment. You’ll want 3 to 6 treatments minimum to achieve maximum results. For best results, make sure you follow an Environ Skin Care at-home routine during and after treatments for support and maintenance.

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Complementary treatments

There are other Vively Body Science treatments that can help your facial peel perform at its best.

  • Microneedling treats deeper into the skin, great along with a more topical peel.
  • Dermaplaning removing the peach fuzz and dead cells increases facial peel efficacy.

Ask your provider which of these might be right for your needs.


When considering facial peels in Minneapolis or any other treatment plans for your aesthetic goals, a Vively Membership or Subscription program may be perfect for you. 

These flexible choices provide cost-effective payment options, allowing you to choose not only levels of service, but a variety of services. Ask about a membership, then join the club—of clients loving the way they look and the way they feel.

Enjoy the Vively difference

Try a virtual consultation, or schedule an appointment to learn more about facial peels in Minneapolis, Wayzata, Plymouth, or anywhere in the Twin Cities. The Vively Body Science team of physicians, advanced practice aestheticians, and nurse injectors are ready to help you enjoy healthy aging and healthy living. 

The Vively Body Science difference is our dedication to your whole health. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about starting your skincare or body sculpting journey.