Chemical Peels for Rejuvenation

A chemical peel is a treatment that applies a solution to the outermost layer of the skin to remove damaged skin cells, promote rejuvenation, and reduce imperfections. (1) Peeling can be superficial, medium, or deep, depending on individual skin concerns. These treatments can also complement other cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers like Juvéderm. Chemical peels are an effective solution to treat the effects of aging, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation.
Registered nurse and licensed medical aesthetician Alyce Versagli has worked with patients for over 20 years to help them reclaim the vigor and vitality of a healthy visage. Located in Wyomissing, PA, she works one-on-one with patients to help determine which chemical peel is right for them. If you’re ready to see how she can help you achieve more beautiful and revitalized skin, contact Alyce Versagli at Skin Care by Alyce at (610) 685-2575 today to see how she can help!  

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About Skin Aging

After age 30, our bodies produce less collagen. Collagen is a key component that plumps and supports skin. Fine lines and wrinkles can become prominent in different areas on our face – on the forehead, near eyes, and around the mouth, for example. As we age, we may also experience hyperpigmentation–or mild to severe skin discoloration–in addition to wrinkles and fine lines. We may even experience the effects of adult acne well into our 30s and 40s. As a result, our skin can look dull, red, and blotchy, which may be difficult to disguise with makeup or fix with at-home remedies. 

How Do Chemical Peels Rejuvenate Skin?

Chemical peels promote collagen production and natural hyaluronic acid, which hydrate and moisturize skin. After a peeling procedure, skin is also more receptive to anti-aging and other skincare products. The dead skin cells are removed, so the products can more easily penetrate the skin’s surface to work more quickly and effectively. Additionally, deep chemical peels can have a therapeutic purpose. They can be used to remove precancerous growths such as actinic keratoses, for example, which are rough patches on the skin caused by sun exposure. A chemical peel can make fine lines, wrinkles, and darker pigmentation less noticeable. After just one chemical peel, our patients notice a visible difference in their skin’s appearance!

About Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can effectively treat the signs of aging, and numerous other skin conditions on the face and body. Skin Care by Alyce can help you restore your skin’s  radiance with the following peels:

For the Face

  • Mandelic Acid Peel

This is a mild concentration, typically accessible for all skin types and complexions. Extracted from bitter almonds, this anti-aging peel activates cell regeneration. It also combats wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. (1) Additionally, it reduces redness sometimes experienced by patients with lighter skin tones.

  • Jessner Peel

The Jessner peel is a medium peel that utilizes the combination of three ingredients; salicylic acid, lactic acid, and Trichloracetic acid (TCA). It is recommended for patients with early signs of aging. This peel can help create an even texture on skin and address hyperpigmentation.

  • Salicylic Acid 30%

This peel is good for all skin types. Salicylic acid can help to reduce fine lines from aging and treat sun damage for a replenished, even complexion. (2) Salicylic acid softens keratin; a foundation-building protein in the skin’s structure. It also helps to loosen and remove dryness for smoother, deep-cleansed skin. 

  • Pyruvic Acid 50%

This peel helps to stimulate collagen production, promote elasticity, and establish firmness in the face. It also treats hyperpigmentation and reduces the effects of photoaging. (3) Patients usually see results from the Pyruvic Acid 50% peel after just one appointment.

  • Glycolic Acid 30%, 50%, and 70%

Glycolic acid is the most common AHA (alpha-hydroxy-acid). Sometimes known as a “fruit peel”, glycolic acid exfoliates and moisturizes skin, promoting natural improvements in pigment and tone. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles through skin cell regeneration. (2) Our glycolic acid peels range from superficial to medium relative to their concentration.

  • TCA LP/TCA Strong Peel

Use this medium-strength peel to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation resulting from sun damage and aging. The TCA peel can help to repair collagen damaged by UV rays and stimulate skin regeneration. (4) 

For the Body

  • Chest and Back

Chemical peels are not just designed for facial rejuvenation. If you have ever experienced acne on your back, or “bacne”, you may benefit from chemical resurfacing to improve scarring. A back and chest peel will clear damaged skin cells and remove excess sebum to reveal a smoother, more balanced skin tone.  

  • Eyes and Lips

The skin around the eyes can show signs of aging faster than other areas of the face. An eye peel can help to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration around the eyes. A lip peel can also firm and resurface tired lips, which can lose vibrance over time.

  • Hands

Hands age quickly due to their repeated exposure to UV rays. Our hand peel helps to increase collagen production and promotes the creation of hyaluronic acid within your skin cells. This enables your skin to respond more aptly to other skin care products, for smoother, younger-looking hands.

  • Neck

The neck is a sometimes neglected area for rejuvenation. Our specially formulated neck peel minimizes the effects of aging in the neck and along the decolletage. A neck peel helps to address hyperpigmentation due to photoaging and leaves your skin firmer and more hydrated.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Nurse Alyce Versagli has helped hundreds of patients to enjoy exfoliated, fresher, younger-looking skin. Among many individual benefits, depending on the depth and strength of the peel, a chemical peel can:

  • Smooth and replenish skin
  • Promote gentle remodeling
  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
  • Boost collagen production
  • Improve response to skincare products
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Address scarring from acne
  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
  • Remove precancerous growths

Candidates

Finding the right chemical peel is easy at Skin Care by Alyce! To make sure the treatment is right for you, consider any underlying medical conditions and your skin’s sensitivity level. Good candidates for chemical peels may want to improve skin texture and tone, as well as fight mild to moderate wrinkles and lines. Certain conditions may require a different approach. A chemical peel therefore may not be suitable for patients who:

  • Are allergic to one or more of the peeling agents
  • Have an ongoing infection or open wounds
  • Are undergoing or have recently undergone isotretinoin treatment
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have certain skin conditions (including psoriasis and atopic dermatitis)
  • Are known to develop keloid scars after skin trauma (5)

Personal Consultation

Look and feel renewed with a chemical peel at Skin Care by Alyce. We invite you to set up an initial consultation at our boutique Wyomissing med spa and envision your results with us! During this initial meeting, you will meet with Alyce to discuss the challenges and needs of your skin, effects of aging on your skin, desired areas of treatment, and which of our peels is best for you. Set up an appointment today with one of our chemical peel experts for an initial consultation! 

Preparation

To prepare for your chemical peel: 

  • Avoid UV ray exposure, sun beds, and tanning products.
  • Avoid possible irritants (e.g. exfoliants, hair removal, microdermabrasion).
  • Tell us about your current and prior medications.
  • Tell us if you have any skin conditions (e.g. acne, cold sores).
  • Stay well-hydrated and use gentle skin products.

Procedure

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Every chemical peel treatment plan is tailored to individual needs and concerns. Before the procedure begins, untreated areas will be covered for protection. For more intense treatments such as a medium or deep peel, we may administer a sedative and pain relief. During the procedure, Alyce will apply the solution and begin the treatment process. You may feel a mild stinging sensation. After the peel is removed, we will apply a neutralizing solution to remove the peel and cleanse your skin. 

After the procedure is complete, your skin may appear red and hardened. Do not touch the treated area. Your skin’s pigmentation and texture will balance and soften over time. Results will become more apparent in the coming weeks, and are dependent on your body’s healing processes, and the strength and depth of the peel. 

Recovery

In the recovery phase, we advise that our patients follow their individualized post-treatment instructions. We’ll share details on face-washing, moisturizing, and list product suggestions that will aid your healing process. During your recovery period, please continue to stay out of the sun and avoid using makeup until otherwise directed. 

Results

Many people see a marked improvement in their skin’s appearance after just one treatment session. Most see results so quickly because even at its least concentrated, a chemical peel serves as an exfoliant to thoroughly refresh the epidermis. For others with conditions such as acne, and hyperpigmented scarring, more than one treatment may be necessary. The results will depend on a patient’s skin type, tone, and strength of the chemical peel. 

Cost of a Chemical Peel in Wyomissing, PA

The cost of a chemical peel depends on your goals, the type of peel chosen, and the number of sessions required. Your treatment plan will be contingent on your goals and determining which chemical peel would help you to best reach them. In order to determine this, we recommend setting up a consultation at Skin Care by Alyce to discuss your concerns further at (610) 685-2575

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References

  1. Soleymani, T., Lanoue, J., & Rahman, Z. (2018). A Practical Approach to Chemical Peels. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 11(8), 21-28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6122508/.
  2. Goldman, A. & Wollina U. (2010). Facial rejuvenation for middle-aged women: a combined approach with minimally invasive procedures. Clinical Interventions for Aging, 5, 293-299. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2946856/.
  3. Soleymani, T., Lanoue, J., & Rahman, Z. (2018). A Practical Approach to Chemical Peels: A Review of Fundamentals and Step-by-step Algorithmic Protocol for Treatment. The Journal Of Clinical And Aesthetic Dermatology, 11(8), 21-28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6122508/.
  4. Bhardwaj, V., Sharma, K., Maksimovic, S., Fan, A., Adams-Woodford, A., & Mao J. (2021). Professional-Grade TCA-Lactic Acid Chemical Peel: Elucidating Mode of Action to Treat Photoaging and Hyperpigmentation. Frontiers In Medicine, 8,  617068. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7928281/.
  5. Samargandy S, Raggio BS. Skin Resurfacing Chemical Peels. PubMed. Published 2020. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK547752/ 
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