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Achieve a Better Body ... Noninvasively

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: July 27, 2012, from the August 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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In addition to bolstering your menu offerings, body care services also pave the way for add-on treatments and the retail sales of home-care systems, because continuing care at home is essential.

Before beginning

Although many of the formulas used in body peels will match those used in facial peels, there are different techniques and skin issues to be cognizant of before administering a body peel. For example, never treat more than 25% of the body at one time. During a facial, you might treat the décolleté, forearms and hands. The back, lower legs and thighs would each be considered completely separate services.

Typically, all of the fundamentals of facial skin peels also apply to body peels. However, there are some specific do’s and don’ts to be aware of before you begin.


  • Make sure you are properly trained in skin peeling.
  • Perform a skin assessment to help determine the technique and strength of the acid or enzyme used.
  • Take note of existing scar tissue, sun damage, spots or moles.
  • Recommend that clients wear soft cotton clothing with more coverage to limit sun exposure the day of the treatment.
  • Ensure that clients will not be in the sun in the near future. The skin needs approximately three weeks to heal and recover properly.
  • Have ice, cold packs or cold water, as well as anti-inflammatory topicals at the ready in case of a reaction.
  • Require that the client sign a consent form.


  • Administer a peel on any client under a physician’s care for their skin, unless you have consulted with the physician first.
  • Peel any client the same day they’ve received waxing or hair removal services.
  • Use salicylic acid on a client who is aspirin-sensitive.
  • Peel the breast or buttocks areas.
  • Treat a client who is pregnant or lactating.