Mar 09, 2018

The Chemical Peel Guide; Everything you should know!

As skin ages, it does not exfoliate or regenerate as quickly as it once did. You might be thinking about using a chemical peel to bring back that brighter, smoother, super soft skin you once had. Or are you struggling with acne marks or scars? Do you have sunspots? Chemical peels can also assist with these things that torment your skin.

Which chemical peel is the right one for you? The peels we offer at our practice are available in a wide range of types and intensities to handle a full spectrum of needs and skin types. Whether you want to give your skin a younger, softer, healthier look, treat rosacea, hyperpigmentation, or acne - we most likely have an option for you.

It may seem like there are truly a million options when it comes to chemical peels. While there are a lot of choices that vary in strength you want to be knowledgeable about what types of peels exist as well as which one is best for your skin type.

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) there are three main types of chemical peels. A superficial or some like to call a lunchtime peel which exfoliates the outer layer of skin with a mild acid like alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). The next level would be considered a medium peel that would remove damaged skin cells from the outer and middle layers of the skin, using glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Lastly a deep peel which penetrates the middle layer of skin with TCA or phenol.

Treatments vary of course, depending on what you are looking to achieve. Superficial mild level chemical peels can treat mild skin discoloration, some acne marks and rough skin. A medium level peel helps with those age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. Leaving the deep peels for treating moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. What chemical peels can’t do, some laser can! So, make sure you investigate both options during your skin care consultation. Don’t forget that peels can also extend to other areas of the body, like neck & hands!

Also keep in mind that your full results may take a while to surface, especially with the deeper level peels. Some patients may often think that if your skin doesn’t peel or flake off — it didn’t “work”. This thought is not necessarily true. After any Chemical Peel Treatment our aestheticians will let you know what to look out for and will be with you every step of the way. Remember everyone’s skin is different.

Most peels work best in a series of spaced out treatments. Many require little to no down time needed. These are things you want to factor in when deciding which is best for you. With medium and deep peels, the downtime is considerable.

Finally, make sure you get your chemical peels from a qualified medical expert, like one of our very own Clinical Aestheticians, Katie Kelley, R.N. or Jami Derr! Absolutely do not shop by price. You want to do what’s best for your skin, not your pocket.

Interested in learning more about what is best for your skin? Call our office today to schedule a skin care consultation.