Types of Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels are topical solutions that rejuvenate, revitalize, and restore blemished skin. From fine lines and wrinkles to acne and sunspots, chemical peels can treat a variety of different cosmetic concerns. Led by Alyce Versagli RN, our team of aestheticians has helped hundreds of patients choose the chemical peel that best fits their cosmetic needs. The first step to a revitalized complexion is to schedule a personal consultation at our offices in Wyomissing. Here, we will meet with you to discuss your skin and desired results. If you would like to speak with a member of our team directly, call us at (610) 685-2575.

Treatable Conditions

Wrinkles

As we get older, our skin undergoes both extrinsic and intrinsic aging processes. External factors like diet, smoking, and UV exposure can exacerbate our skin’s aging and leave behind unwanted blemishes, causing extrinsic aging. Intrinsically, our skin loses its ability to produce collagen and repair damaged cells as we age.

Collagen fibers maintain our skin’s elasticity. When we’re young, our skin readily produces an abundance of collagen to keep our skin smooth. But, as we age, our collagen supply dwindles, increasing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation can also be caused by intrinsic and extrinsic factors, and are caused by shifts in melanin production. Melanin is a group of natural pigments that imbue color to our skin and hair. These cells are produced by melanocytes, which are evenly dispersed throughout our skin when we’re young. These cells slowly lose about 10-20% of their melanin production per decade,[1] causing aged skin to appear uneven in tone. This is how age-spots form. In chronically sun-exposed areas, melanocytes over-produce melanin, and are responsible for melasma

Acne

As many know, acne is not an adolescent-exclusive dilemma – it can pop up well into adulthood. At its core, acne is caused when overactive sebaceous glands are blocked. This causes sebum to accumulate under the skin, resulting in pimples. Hormones play a central role in the stimulation of sebaceous glands.[2] This is why we see an increase in acne during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Acne can also be caused by eating fatty foods, ingrown hairs, skin irritation, and cosmetic products. 

Chemical Peel Options

Chemical peels use skin-safe solutions to delicately remove the top layers of skin. This process allows the body to replenish the treated areas with fresh, healthy skin cells. Peels can treat a variety of skin concerns and come in a variety of strengths and formulations, so choosing the best one for your skin is important. These peels vary in strength, and thus can target different depth of the skin, which is why they are classified as superficial, medium, or deep. Our team will walk you through each peel and explain which one is right for you during your personal consultation. 

Back & Chest

The chest and back are common areas to see acne, dark spots, and other types of blemishes. Because this skin is different from facial skin, a different type of solution is needed to reach through the superficial and medium layers of the epidermis. A back and chest peel helps remove excess sebum while brightening skin and clearing away cellular debris. Typically, patients need more than one session, with appointments spaced 2 weeks apart. 

Mandelic Acid 40

A mandelic acid peel uses a weak acid that permeates the skin’s barrier to stimulate collagen production and cell turnover. The mandelic peel uses an extract derived from bitter almonds to combat photoaging, hyperpigmentation, and acne.[3] The mandelic acid peel is safe for all skin tones and can diminish redness in lighter skin tones. 

Jessner

The Jessner peel has been successfully used for decades, and is a medium peel that uses salicylic acid, lactic acid, and Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). This combination of weak acids gently improves skin texture and radiance while diminishing the appearance of moderately hyperpigmented spots. The Jessner peel is also perfect for patients with moderate signs of premature aging. 

Salicyclic Acid 30%

At different concentrations, the salicylic acid peel has been shown effective against acne, hyperpigmentation, uneven texture, and fine wrinkles.[4] Salicyclic acid is a beta hydroxy acid, and can penetrate deep into the skin to cleanse pores, smooth skin, and control sebum for overall improvement of the complexion. This peel is safe to use on all skin types.

Eye & Lip Peels

The skin around the eyes and lips is sensitive and while already thin, becomes even moreso with age. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines readily form in these delicate areas. For many, the skin around the eyes becomes discolored and appears darker than the rest of their complexion. Our lips lose their youthful luster as their color becomes muted and their texture uneven. An eye and lip peel is specifically designed to address moderate photoaging in these areas. This peel can improve the skin’s firmness while restoring youthful smoothness. 

Peels for Hands 

The tops of the hands can be give-aways of our age. Because they are nearly constantly exposed,  UV radiation takes its toll. Collagen loss and atrophied subcutaneous fat allows veins, tendons, and bony structures become more visible with age.[5] A hand peel incites collagen production and reduces hyperpigmentation. This light peel improves wrinkles, fine lines, small scars, and sunspots. It’s ideal for those looking for smoother, younger-looking hands. 

Pyruvic Acid 50%

Pyruvic acid is a medium-strength peel that effectively treats acne, scars, oily skin, and can reduce the appearance of moderate wrinkles.[6] After one session, patients with hyperpigmentation and uneven texture also see improvement. 

Neck Peel

To brighten and firm the skin on your neck, we have a specially formulated neck peel. Our necks are often exposed to excessive sunlight, which exacerbates the aging process. Over time, sunspots form, wrinkles deepen, and our neck loses its youthful contours. A neck peel is designed to restore these contours, improve hydration, diminish fine lines, and plump skin.

Glycolic Acid 30%/50%/70%

Depending on the strength, a glycolic acid peel ranges from a very superficial to medium peel. Also known as a fruit peel, a glycolic acid peel penetrates different depths of the skin, having an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect on the treated skin.[7] Glycolic acid gently removes the outermost layers of skin and promotes the regeneration of fresh skin cells.

TCA LP/TCA Strong

A TCA LP or TCA Strong peel comes in varying concentrations that contain trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Depending on the patient’s needs, the appropriate strength will be used to achieve younger-appearing skin. This peel works to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new skin cell growth, and can be used in formulations that are strong enough to improve the appearance of acne scars and melasma. It is ideal for patients interested in smoother, more evenly toned skin. 

Benefits

Many cosmetic procedures include long procedures followed by extensive recovery times. Chemical peels, rather, are simple, non-invasive procedures that last up to 30 minutes, without any downtime, only temporary redness. This is why chemical peels are often advertised as “lunchtime procedures.” If you are interested in seeing a rejuvenated effect for your face, neck, and hands, schedule a consultation by filling out this convenient online form.

Personal Consultation

At your initial consultation, we will note your skin’s current condition and any cosmetic concerns you may have. Next, Alyce will discuss your skin health and recommend future steps for maintaining a clear complexion. Then, she will help you decide which peel is best for you. Depending on your needs, Alyce and her team will find the best one for you and your desired results. At the end of your consultation, we will give you a list of preparatory steps. Follow these to ensure optimal results. 

Preparation

To prepare for your peel, we recommend that you:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Reschedule if you have an active viral outbreak
  • Avoid using exfoliants or products like retinoids
  • Prepare for subsequent redness and minor swelling. 

Recovery & Results

After your peel, your skin may feel tender and appear red. This is normal. Over the next couple of days, your skin will “peel” and shed its outer layers. As tempting as it might be, don’t help it along! Additionally, your skin will be sensitive during this time. So, please use gentle products like fragrance-free cleansers. Avoid topical products that contain vitamin E and retinoids. Also, be sure to use the appropriate SPF when outside. 

How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost in Wyomissing?

Each peel has a set rate. We will discuss the cost of your care during your initial consultation. If you are new to our offices, be sure to read previous patients’ glowing reviews. Also, stay up-to-date on the latest in the world of skincare by reading our blog. If you have any questions, call us at (610) 685-2575.

References

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  2. Well, Danielle. “Acne Vulgaris.” The Nurse Practitioner, vol. 38, no. 10, 10 Oct. 2013, pp. 22–31, journals.lww.com/tnpj/fulltext/2013/10000/acne_vulgaris__a_review_of_causes_and_treatment.6.aspx, 10.1097/01.npr.0000434089.88606.70
  3. Dayal, Surabhi, et al. “Comparative Study of Efficacy and Safety of 45% Mandelic Acid versus 30% Salicylic Acid Peels in Mild‐To‐Moderate Acne Vulgaris.” Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, vol. 19, no. 2, 25 Sept. 2019, pp. 393–399, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jocd.13168, 10.1111/jocd.13168.
  4. Arif T. (2015). Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 8, 455–461. https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S84765
  5. Roberts, W. E., Colvan, L., & Gotz, V. (2017). Topical Treatment of Aging Hands: Brief Report. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 10(8), 37–41.
  6. ​​Ghersetich, I., Brazzini, B., Peris, K., Cotellessa, C., Manunta, T., & Lotti, T. (2004). Pyruvic acid peels for the treatment of photoaging. Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.], 30(1), 32–36. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2004.30002.x
  7. Sharad J. (2013). Glycolic acid peel therapy – a current review. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 6, 281–288. https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S34029