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Advanced Chemical Peels Alpha Hydroxy Peels Continuing Education CE


Advanced Chemical Peels: Alpha Hydroxy Peels (2 CE Hours) F23C


Advanced Chemical Peels: Alpha Hydroxy Peels (2 CE Hours) F23C

This course is approved for continuing education by the NCEA Commission on Accreditation (COA) and by state licensing boards in D.C., Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon and Florida.

In this CE course on alpha hydroxy peels, Malinda McHenry, demonstrates complete protocols and step-by-step instructions on how to apply and remove Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid Peels for the face. She helps you properly assess your client's peel requests and choose the appropriate peel, based on the client's Fitzpatrick type (skin's ability to produce pigment), Glogau classification (skin elasticity), and desired results. Malinda also walks aestheticians through basic chemistry regarding pH and percentages of the peeling agents, products and supplies, benefits and contraindications, skin analysis, timing based on erythema and client feedback, neutralizing, recommended treatment series, expected results, and post-treatment care. She also discusses working with first-time clients and sensitive skin.

This course is worth 2 CE hours.

Course Objective:

After completion of this continuing education course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what alpha hydroxy peels are
  • Explain why estheticians use Fitzpatrick types & Glogau classification
  • Define the pH scale and what it is used for
  • Name the six Fitzpatrick types and what they measure
  • Name the four Glogau classifications and what they measure
  • Explain the benefits of Lactic and Glycolic peels
  • Restate the contraindications of alpha hydroxy peels
  • Describe which skin conditions lactic acid peels are the best choice for
  • Describe which skin conditions glycolic peels are the best choice for
  • Assess your client’s peel requests and choose the appropriate peel
  • Recall basic chemistry regarding pH and percentages of the peeling agents
  • Use a woods lamp to assess hyperpigmentation of the client’s skin
  • Explain the steps necessary to perform a complete skin analysis
  • Apply different products (cleanser, degreaser, peels, and sun block)
  • Demonstrate how to effectively neutralize and remove a peel
  • Explain what to do if a post inflammatory response happens
  • Create successful results
  • Define 58 terms relevant to chemical peels
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 75% or higher


Malinda McHenry is a licensed esthetician and cosmetologist with over 20 years’ experience. A co-owner of Ameia Innovations LLC and Bronzed Buff n Bare. Former co-owner of Elite Aesthetics and Academy of Aesthetic Arts, she has also been instructing since 1989. Besides being a business owner, cosmetologist, esthetician, makeup artist and educator she enjoys being a singer-songwriter, seamstress and wardrobe stylist. She also is a public speaker and sales manager.

Customer Reviews

“Very good information was given.” Annette N.

“Very thorough and detailed.  I liked how each peel she listed the differences, the benefits, results, what to watch for, what to use and why, and contraindications to prevent treatment.  Good details on the follow up: checking on the client, home care, and follow up treatments.  I learned a lot. Thank you!” Bonnie D.

“Great, relevant information. I felt this was a wonderful and truly informative course. I would definitely recommend this to any esthetician.” Karina M.

“Information was presented very clearly, easy to understand… I really enjoyed this course because it was communicated clearly, simply which made it easy to comprehend and retain most of the information.” Millissa R.

“Over all this course was very informative and straight to the point in the information it displayed.” Stacy O.

“Overall, the course was good and informative. The terminology list was thorough. Love the evaluation and consent form included.” Renee K.

"I really enjoyed the lessons and will look for more from you. Very helpful and informative." Diane K.



... The videos were outstanding.

~ Sarah S.

I really enjoyed this course, and feel like I learned a lot.

~ Rebecca H.

... I found the course very informative and well outlined.

~ Keith C.