Don’t underestimate power of chemical peels. More and more doctors are insisting on their patients doing them as they are so important for the improvement of the skin surface and many of us feel, you aren’t really getting the best out of your skin care budget without them.
Skin peels of varying types have been used for thousands of years. According to historical accounts, ancient civilizations used masks composed of sour milk or wine residues to improve their appearance. Although we no longer use sour milk or wine, Chemical peels offer a great way to dramatically improve the skin, reduce fine lines, age spots, scars and wrinkles and are a safe alternative to surgery.
There are 4 basic types of chemical peels (Lactic, Glycolic, Salicylic and TCA). The type of peel you’ll want will depend on what result we’re targeting for, you’re skin’s condition and your skin type.
Chemical peels use a solution that removes the top layer of skin (stratum cornea), revealing a fresh layer of skin and promoting collagen and elastin generation. They also have various penetration qualities and interactions with the deep dermis that influence a variety healing and corrective dermal activities that make your skin healthier and younger looking.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
Chemical peels use solutions to clean away the dead skin cells of your skin, revealing new, fresher and smoother skin. Peels can range all the way from light “lunch hour” peels designed to provide subtle results with little to no recovery time to deep peels that provide dramatic results but that require a commitment and substantial down time, (i.e., Obagi Blue Peel™ & Cosmelan Peel™). These peels also require a prepping period to get ready, but the results are amazing.
What Do Chemical Peels Treat?
- Chemical peels can very effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions including:
- Skin qualtiy appearance (tone)
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Hyperpigmentation (Sun-damaged skin/Age spots/Freckling) and Uneven pigmentation
- Acne and shallow acne scarring