Facial peel reduces acne scarring, sun damage | Halo Med Spa Northfield IL

Case Study: Peels Give One Client Her Wish to Go Out in Public Wearing Less Makeup

When you think of acne, you usually think of it being a uniquely teenage problem. And that once the breakouts are gone, you’re clear forever.

But for some individuals, acne can linger around for years and lead to hyperpigmentation, in which patches of skin become darker in color than the surrounding skin. “When acne happens to teenagers, it’s not just the acne," Dr. Banerjee says. "Down the road, they get scarring and change of color issues. That's how they heal."

Such is the case for Keeley K. of Vernon Hills. She came to Halo to address hyperpigmentation and acne scars from sun exposure and years of pitting on her face. "I was looking for for a solution to help fade those marks so that I could wear less makeup," she says.

Fading Dark Marks—Finally

Keeley consulted with Dr. B, who chose to begin her individualized treatment plan with a series of medical-grade, medium-depth peels from SkinCeuticals. Dr. B chose them because they're botanical based and are ideal for sensitive skin and Keeley's skin tone.

"This peel, especially when done in series, restores a glow and evens out the pigment by pulling out years of UV damage," Dr. B says. "And because of how deep it goes, it induces some degree of new collagen formation. This leads to tightening and reduction in fine lines. This is not a substitute for plastic surgery but it does help tighten and takes off years of aging that shows up on the face."

To her delight, Keeley noticed an immediate difference after her first peel. “Right after the first treatment, the results were noticeable,” she says. “My skin was smoother. And I could tell that with each treatment, the brown spots were getting lighter. My makeup goes on nicer, since the skin’s smoother. And I don’t have to wear as much concealer because the brown spots are getting lighter.”

She also shares that the treatment isn’t as bad as people might fear. “The peeling does happen, but it’s not bad," she says. "You can go out into public and not look like a snake.”

What's Next?

As of her third peel, Keeley's forehead and cheeks had cleared up about 60 percent. Once she finishes the series of peels, she plans to do laser treatments to really get down into the skin and get rid of the scarring completely. “Dr. B's also doing Botox for me and she does a great job,” Keeley says. “She makes it all painless. I’ve had Botox from other people and it hurts. Her technique is good.”

Combing multiple treatments for optimum results is part of Dr. B's specialty. "The majority of our patients do multiple treatments because they know when we work on different layers, you get a better impact and longer-lasting results," Dr. B says. "When we do peels, we're working on the different layers of the skin. When we do Botox, you're working on the muscles underneath the skin. The muscles relax with Botox, and the skin stretches and relaxes. Then when we do laser, you're working on the epidermis and dermis, two different layers of the skin. Deep down, we're boosting collagen production. On the surface, we're pulling out the sun damage; improving the texture, tone and pigmentation; and reducing skin cancer. "

Working on different layers and using multiple treatments means higher quality results that last longer, which also saves our clients money in the long run.

Many clients love the different options for that reason--and because it can prevent the need for plastic surgery. "Most of our patients say, ‘If you can keep me from going to plastic surgery, I’ll be a happy soul,’" Dr. B says. "And with Keeley, we've already done that.”

Personal Attention, Calming Environment

In addition to the results she's seeing, a bonus for Keeley is the relaxing environment of the clinic. "Halo is a much more relaxing environment," she says. "There's a lot more personal attention here. Other places I've been to feels like a factory."

Our Microdermabrasion and Peel Services


Microdermabrasion resurfacing is an exfoliation technique that leaves the skin supple and vibrant. Halo Medicine Clinic uses a crystal-free DiamondTome wand which gently removes the outermost layer of skin with natural diamond chips, while at the same time vacuuming the dead skin cells away in a sterile and controlled manner. Removing this outer layer of dead skin cells leaves a smoother texture and promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells. Unlike other exfoliation treatments, the crystal-free microdermabrasion system does not use loose abrasives to contaminate you or the environment.

Microdermabrasion is a wonderful alternative to laser or chemical peels because it is non-invasive, non-surgical and requires no down time after treatment. Normal activities may be resumed immediately. Patients experience softer, smoother and cleaner skin and leave our office with a healthy, radiant glow.

Blizzard Laser Peel

This 4 to 8 micron laser peel is done by a medically-trained aesthetician. If you receive regular chemical peels and/or microdermabrasion services but are looking to take the next step in terms of results and depth of peel, the Blizzard Laser Peel is perfect for you. This mild laser peel will lightly ablate the outermost layer of the skin. We use the Zimmer chiller, which cools the skin during the treatment; topical anesthetic is not needed. This treatment will exfoliate and as it stimulates collagen it will improve the overall tone and texture of your skin. Although some patients have no downtime, it’s safe to call this an “overnight peel”. You will leave our office with a heavy moisturizer on and your face may feel heated that evening. By the next morning you can resume using your regular moisturizer and make-up. See nice results after just 1 peel or 4 peels for optimal results.

Vitalize Peel

The Vitalize Peel by SkinMedica can be used to treat photodamaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentary abnormalities, superficial scarring and acne. The treatment takes only 45 minutes and patients can expect to leave the office looking healthy and fresh. Any immediate discoloration can be easily covered with make-up and activities can be resumed right away. Within 48 hours, a mild flaking will occur, which can be controlled with moisturizers. The Vitalize Peel is most effective when repeated every 3 to 4 weeks.

Illuminize Peel

The Illuminize Peel by SkinMedica is a light chemical peel that uses a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic acid and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents (salicylic acid and resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation.

On-the-Go Micro

This express exfoliation treatment is perfect for those with a hectic work week who don’t want to sacrifice gorgeous skin for their busy lifestyle. This 20-minute service includes a cleanse, full microdermbrasion service for the face, followed by skin care application. A perfect lunchtime service!

MicroPeel Facial

The MicroPeel Facial is a very popular exfoliating treatment that can reduce signs of photo-aging including fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and visible skin imperfections.  It includes a cleanse and exfoliation by either dermaplane/enzyme/skin polish (your aesthetician will choose one based on your skin care needs.) After the exfoliation, there will be an application of a customized glycolic or and/or lactic acid. This treatment also includes extractions and a masque w/ hand massage. You will see a nice improvement after each peel; we typically recommend a series of 4-6 procedures for the most benefit.

Innovative Facial

This facial uses the finest IS Clinical skin care products to deliver an intensive clinical facial designed to rapidly and safely resurface the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing, softening and encouraging cellular renewal. The centerpiece of this remarkable treatment is a combination of 2 therapeutic masques: the intensive resurfacing masque and the rejuvenating masque.

30-Minute Express Facial

Come in during your lunch hour or whenever you have 30 minutes for a quick refreshing facial. After our aesthetician cleanses your face, your skin will be thoroughly analyzed.


Remove unwanted facial hair and/or dead skin cells without the pain and irritation of facial waxing or depilatories. This treatment is also an ideal exfoliation procedure to perform prior to a chemical peel, allowing the anti-aging solutions to more deeply penetrate the skin’s surface.

Express Facial

Enjoy this quick, yet beautifying facial that includes a full face cleanse, an exfoliating Enzyme masque, and skin moisturization & sun protection. Add on peel optional.

Express Back Facial

Included in this service is a cleanse and microderm on the upper portion of the back. For an additional $15, your aesthetician can customize the service by extending the treatment area or focusing on extractions. Add on peel optional.