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The Ultimate Guide to Peels: Is a Hollywood Laser Peel or Chemical Peel Right for You?

Your face is your calling card to the world! Men and women of all ages spend time, energy, and money caring for their skin. That’s because proper skincare routines can help protect your body’s largest organ from free radicals and other damage. Daily exposure to toxins, ultraviolet light, and other pollutants combined with aging can cause fine lines, wrinkles, scars, sagging skin, and an uneven tone.

If you’re looking to take your skincare routine up a notch, consider a laser peel or chemical peel to target issues safely and effectively beneath your skin surface. Not only will you have firmer and glowing skin, but it can also even out your skin texture and tone.

Understanding Chemical Peels

A chemical peel targets dead skin cells and improves your skin tone and texture while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It is designed to enhance cell regeneration to minimize scars, acne scars, and sun damage.

Some common chemical peels include Alpha Hydroxy Acid peels (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid peels (BHA), Trichloroacetic Acid peels (TCA), and Phenols. By adjusting the strength of the chemical acid solution, the peel can be adapted to remove damaged cells on one or all three layers of the skin. A “light” peel exfoliates the superficial layer or epidermis, a “medium” peel penetrates the epidermis and dermis layers, and a “deep” peel can reach skin cells down to the hypodermis layer.

Understanding Hollywood Peels

Named for the special skincare treatments made famous by celebrities, the Hollywood Spectra Peel or Hollywood Laser Peel uses the Lutronic Spectra laser technology to target specific areas of the face. As a three-step therapy, it uses a specialized carbon lotion that is heated with light energy. As the skin’s pores are cleansed and exfoliated, the heat is absorbed by the carbon components to remove the lotion and debris. This allows the peel to penetrate the pores and stimulate collagen production, leading to tighter, firmer skin.  

This non-invasive treatment is painless and is suitable even for the most sensitive skin. Each session takes 30 minutes and has immediate results. It is often referred to as the “lunchtime peel” as there is no downtime required for recovery. Most people only need a monthly session to achieve long-lasting results.

The Hollywood Peel vs. Chemical Peel: A Side-by-Side Comparison





Lutronic Spectra laser


Target Depth


Epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis


Evens skin tone, treats acne-prone skin, clears pores, treats sun damage, stimulates collagen production, rejuvenates skin, gives a glowing complexion, exfoliates 

Diminishes fine lines/wrinkles, reverses sun damage, fights acne, improves the appearance of scars, corrects pigmentation, produces glowing skin, enhances the effectiveness of skin products



Minimally Invasive 


Thermal laser energy and carbon lotion

Glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid solution



One day for light peels; up to 3 weeks for medium and deep peels


Safe for fair to medium-dark skin types

Adaptable to most skin types 

Cost (CAD)

Single treatments range from $150 to $350

Single treatments range from $100 to $700


Notable improvement with one treatment; long-lasting results with monthly treatments

Notable improvement with first treatment; several treatments needed with light peel results lasting for two months, medium peels for six months, and deep peels for a lifetime

Side Effects

Potential for redness, itchiness, swelling, and/or a burning sensation

Potential for yellow tinging of the skin, darkened or lightened patches, and redness

Get Radiant Glowing Skin at Heart Lake Aesthetics

Choosing the right peel for you will depend on your skin type, its condition, and the needs of your skin. Booking a customized consultation with the certified skincare specialists of Heart Lake Aesthetics can help you determine the best treatment to meet your needs.

Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin with a Hollywood carbon laser peel or a chemical peel, we offer a range of renewal procedures to target the needs of your skin.  

Our team will discuss the best pre-treatment and post-care instructions to ensure a successful treatment. After a personalized consultation with one of our certified skincare specialists, you will look and feel your very best! Call us today at 647-324-9255 or email us at info@heartlakeaesthetics.com to schedule an appointment

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