Chemical peels are topically applied acids and retinols that aid in the restoration and rejuvenation of the skins surface.They affect both the epidermis and dermis. The fibroblasts are activated and produce collagen and elastin to minimize wrinkles.
Kojic, mandelic and hydroquinone are used to target pigmentation.
Salicylic acid is used to target acne.
Retinols, lactic, glycolic, azaleac acids are some of the acids used to target aging skin.
These acids can be used alone or together and treat multiple skin conditions.
Chemical peels can enhance your appearance by reducing blotchy and uneven pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, freckling, age spots, sun-damaged skin and acne scars in a relatively brief measure of time. Chemical peels accelerate the production of new cells.
Achieving a desired and realistic result, your skin practitioner will decide with you what types of acids and their combinations are most appropriate to treat your skin conditions.
Chemical peels are classified as superficial, medium and deep peels. Your skin type and the results you are aspiring to achieve will determine if you are a candidate, as well as which class of peel is most appropriate.
Medium to Deep Peels:
These peels contain a stronger potency of acids and sometimes a combination of a retinol peel. Medium peels target deeper into the epidermis and upper dermis. They can cause the skin to peel in 2-4 days. Immediately after the skin may appear reddened and be sensitive. Most times the peel may be left on for 12 hours and strict post treatment regimens and products are necessary.
Your skin practitioner and you will decide together what types of acids and ther combinations are most appropriate to treat your skin’s condition and achieve a desired and realistic result.
What are the side effects? Chemical peels have become increasingly popular because of the array of advantages and relative lack of complications. Side effects are rare and usually temporary. Some side effects include uneven pigmentation, redness, and very infrequent scarring if the skin is not cared for appropriately at home. Sun protection is crucial to minimize the risk of side effects. A treatment program of individually suited products and sun protection will benefit your skin's ability to maintain results of the peel.