You’ve tried every over-the-counter product to achieve a flawless look, but none of them work. Now it’s time to try a medical-grade chemical peel. Chemical peels continue to gain popularity since their emergence. Although it sounds like it may be a painful and invasive procedure, we promise it’s not. Read below to find out more about chemical peels and whether they’re right for you.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a minimally invasive skin procedure that sheds the top layer of your skin to reveal a youthful, flawless complexion. This procedure starts off by cleansing the skin to remove any impurities and skin oils, which can act as obstacles that block the peel from working effectively. Your dermatologist will take care to protect critical areas, such as the eyes and mouth, before administering the chemical agent. The acid from the chemical peel gently burns the skin layer, creating a controlled wound. Eventually, the wound heals into new skin. Before you know it, you’ll be showing off your Hollywood-perfect complexion to everyone you know.
This treatment has become a favorite amongst celebrities and the general public because of its ability to treat many skin problems such as acne scars, age spots, wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, melasma, etc. Your skin type and skin goals will determine the type of chemical peel you use and whether you’d like a gentle exfoliator or a more powerful skin restoration agent.
Is it Safe?
This is one of the most common questions we get. The answer is YES, but it does carry some risk. The acids we use are a very safe formula designed to attack problem areas on the skin. However, due to each individual’s particular skin complexion, some may be more prone to risk than others. For example, deep peels are not recommended for those with dark skin tones; however, certain superficial peels can do wonders. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your consultation on whether a chemical peel is right for you.
Which Chemical Peel is Right for Me?
There are three types of chemical peels: superficial (or lunchtime) peel also known as a red carpet peel, medium peel, and deep peel. Each peel is designed to reach different levels of the skin, and thus treats different skin issues.
A superficial peel exfoliates the epidermis, the topmost layer of the skin. This peel is the safest of the three and usually uses an alpha-hydroxy acid to target mild skin discoloration. Your overall appearance will radiate with youthful and refreshed energy as a result of this treatment. This is ideal for most skin types, including some darker complexions.
A middle peel penetrates as far as the dermis with glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. It is used to treat moderate skin discoloration, like age spots, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. This peel is a little more uncomfortable as it could leave a stinging sensation, numbness, or redness as a side effect.
The most infiltrating peel is the deep peel, reaching the deepest layers of the dermis with trichloroacetic or phenol acid. This is the most effective peel for serious skin issues like melasma, scarring, wrinkles, etc. Deeper skin complexions are usually not considered for this type of peel, as it could lead to hyperpigmentation however, you should consult with your skin care specialist. This can be performed once, or in a series of three based on your needs. Because of its invasive nature it is possible that it requires painkillers to treat side effects such as severe redness, swelling, and burning.
Now that you know more about what this treatment involves, contact us to set up a consultation. We’ll give you a detailed and personalized break down of the procedure and start you down the path of your flawless skin journey!