Men and women alike share a common desire to have healthy, youthful skin. Exposure to the sun and the elements in combination with adverse living habits contribute to the appearance of our skin.
Chemical peels are increasingly popular with those who are unhappy about acne scarring, sun damaged skin, age spots, freckles, fine lines, rough skin texture and uneven pigmentation.
A chemical peels is not limited to the face and can be performed on the neck, chest, hands, arms, shoulders and legs – just about anywhere!
This is designed to help smooth coarse, dry skin, improve texture of sun-damaged skin and even out skin tone. The recovery is generally rapid and usually involves some minor flaking. A series of treatments is recommended to obtain the desired result over a period of time. Typically, there is no down time and with the appropriate sun protection you can resume regular activities immediately.
Medium peels contain stronger potency of acids. Medium peels target the epidermis and upper dermis and cause the skin to slough within 5 to 7 days. Immediately after treatment the skin has a red appearance and is occasionally accompanied by swelling. Within a day the skin turns brown in color and after 3-4 days the skin initiates the peeling process.
Deep peels produce the most dramatic result. Recommended for treating wrinkles, scars, blemishes and in some cases, precancerous skin lesions.
A deep peel targets the dermis. In some cases, anesthesia is required during the procedure to reduce the warm to hot stinging sensation. After a deep peel, the skin is red and results in some swelling and blistering. A crust may form and the skin will turn brown just prior to peeling. Many layers of skin will peel over a period of 1 to 2 weeks. An ointment may be given to keep the area moist. Temporarily, the new skin will have the color and sensation of a significant sunburn, which will fade to your normal skin color.
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What is a chemical Peel?
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.
What are the benefits?
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.
Who is a candidate?
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 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 their 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.