Over the years, skin rejuvenation treatments have been transforming and evolving. Once an industry dedicated to non-invasive skin creams and serums, skin-enhancing treatments have expanded to dermabrasions, resurfacing, needling and, now, peeling. Chemical peels are in a new wave of skin transformation, and we’re here to tell you how they can benefit you.
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are low-grade chemical solutions that, when applied to the surface of the skin, provide exfoliation to the treated areas. Medical-grade chemical peels can either be superficial or light chemical peels, medium-depth chemical peels or deep chemical peels. Each type of peel provides a different intensity of treatment depending on the type of results the patient is looking for. We recommend light chemical peels for patients dipping their toes into the water.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
While each chemical peel has different active ingredients, most peels use some form of salicylic, glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. These acid bases allow for the chemical peel to work its magic. Chemical peels work by manually speeding up our cellular turnover through an exfoliation that sloughs off dead skin cells. This usually takes place after your appointment in our office and over the next several days as the skin in your treated areas begins to peel off (hence the term chemical peel). When the old, dead skin cells are removed, they are replaced with brand new, younger-looking skin.
What Do Chemical Peels Treat?
Because chemical peels provide the benefits of skin resurfacing and exfoliation, chemical peels can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns including:
- Fine lines
- Acne scarring
- Sun damage
- Enlarged pores
What Results Can I Expect from My Chemical Peel?
The results you get from your chemical peel won’t be visible immediately. In fact, it’s going to look worse before it gets better. Immediately following your appointment, your skin will feel sensitive and red, similar to having a sunburn. Over the next several days, you’ll experience the peel portion of your chemical peel. Patients who undergo light chemical peels tend to see their results in one to two weeks, whereas patients who undergo a deeper chemical peel may experience a longer recovery period. No matter the peel, patients will be able to see visibly smoother, more even and more radiant skin than ever before.
If you’re interested in learning more about your chemical peel treatment, call our office today to schedule your individualized consultation.