Are Chemical Peels Right for You?

January 30, 2019
When it comes to skin care, there is a seemingly unending supply of products and treatments designed to improve the overall look and feel of our skin. Among these offerings, chemical peels have found their place somewhere between the rejuvenating properties of topical products and the more profound effects of other dermatologic procedures, including cosmetic surgeries. Chemical peels employ varying concentrations of acids and other vital ingredients to exfoliate the skin’s outermost layers while simultaneously promoting the growth of new skin cells. Chemical peels work in a variety of ways to treat such issues as chronic acne, sun damage, moderate to severe wrinkling, and skin discoloration. Because of their wide range of applications, chemical peels are terrific options for those seeking smoother, healthier, clearer looking skin without the pain and expense associated with more invasive procedures.

Giving Your Peel Some Extra Juice

Through the application of chemical peels, ingredients such as acids, enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidants are delivered deep into the skin to target the root causes of skin imperfections. The depth at which the active ingredients penetrate the skin is determined by the amount of time a peel rests on the targeted skin area. Once absorbed, active ingredients rework the structure of the skin, promoting collagen and new cell production, encouraging natural healing processes, and addressing issues deep within the dermis. Chemical peels come in a variety of strengths, depending on patient skin type and severity of skin condition. Superficial or light peels, for example, can be used on a wide range of skin types and typically contain diluted acids for the purposes of moderate exfoliation and skin resurfacing. These lighter peels require relatively lower stretches of recovery time than medium and deep peels, which are applied to patients suffering from more serious or chronic conditions and are often used to treat deep wrinkling, long-term sun damage, acne scarring, and uneven skin tone.

A Little Bit Goes a Long Way

Chemical peels are usually performed in a series, ranging from just a couple of treatments to several. This depends on the degree of skin condition and strength of active ingredients used in the peel. Some peels are performed only once or twice, while other peels may require several applications over the course of a few weeks or months to obtain optimum results. In addition to their vast benefits as stand-alone treatments, chemical peels go a long way in furthering the benefits of many other treatment options. Using chemical peels in conjunction with lasers, fillers, and injectables, for instance, can greatly improve overall anti-aging efforts and speed up healing processes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get a detailed preview of our available chemical peels and find out how a series of treatments can enhance your current aesthetic regimen.

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