New Skin, New You: Choosing the Right Chemical Peel
Over time, our skin cells can become dry or damaged, and our body naturally sheds them. This process keeps the skin healthy and glowing. But, as the aging process sets in, our skin becomes less efficient at getting rid of these cells. This makes chemical peel treatments a highly-effective way to clear your skin and reveal healthy, young cells underneath. Chemical peels come in different strengths, so here’s an overview on the right one for you.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels use highly-concentrated acids that are applied to the skin for a predetermined amount of time for the chemicals to work. These chemicals dissolve and exfoliate the cells on the surface of the skin, turning over a new layer of healthy cells. Although chemical peels can be customized to your unique skincare needs, they are generally classified according to their depth.
Light Chemical Peels
These chemical peels are typically used with Glycolic (AHA) acid or more potent formulations of the AHAs and BHAs in your skincare regimen, which help to reduce surface-level concerns like acne, fine lines, and sun damage. This peel requires no anesthesia but will cause a mild tingling sensation on the skin. There’s no downtime required with a light chemical peel, but you will peel for a few days afterward.
Medium Chemical Peels
These chemical peels are typically used with Jessner’s or Trichloroacetic (TCA) acid, which are more potent than the acids used in light chemical peels. This process helps with deeper concerns like wrinkles, skin pigment changes, and blemishes. This also may cause some light to medium tingling sensation. There will be about 48 hours of mild swelling and approximately five days of peeling with this type of peel.
These peels are usually done in the operating room under general anesthesia with Phenol or Croton Oil. These are used to treat deep wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven skin tone and texture. In some cases, they can even treat precancerous growths. This type of peel requires over a week of recovery and has swelling and significant peeling afterward but produces the most extensive and long-lasting results.
Schedule a Consultation
Chemical peels are a great option to help you feel fantastic about your skin, whether as a once-a-year treatment or a regular part of your skincare regimen. They are a great treatment option because each peel is personalized based on your needs, wants, and unique skin concerns. To begin planning your skincare treatment package, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.