"How often can you safely perform a series of peels?"
That is a tough question to answer because there are many variables, but here are some of the basics. The frequency at which you can treat a client with strong professional exfoliants, like Alpha Hydroxy peels, first depends on the formulation and the potency of the particular product you are applying. It also will vary depending on the client's skin and what he or she is currently treating the skin with at home. This is why it is so important to conduct a thorough consultation, skin patch test and identify any contraindications prior to performing any peels. Examples include if the client is undergoing laser treatment with a physician or waxing.
Peels can typically be performed in a series, spaced 7 to 10 days apart to achieve results; however, other peels should only be performed at 4-week intervals. We suggest checking with the product manufacturer for their recommendation. By legal definition and most states regulations, the term peel should be restricted to use only in a medical arena. Many state laws restrict the skin care setting from use of exfoliants with a maximum concentration of 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid.