Many people have problem facial skin, living with issues like acne scars, age spots, freckles, or fine lines. If this is you, you may want to consider a chemical peel for a safe and relatively simple procedure that can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of your skin.
A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure that uses a special chemical solution to remove wrinkles, smooth the texture of your skin, and exfoliate the outer layers of your damaged skin. Most medical professionals and aestheticians use chemical peels to get rid of wrinkles and improve the skin on your face; however, some may also use it to improve the skin of your neck and hands.
A chemical peel is typically considered the best wrinkle reducer and acne scar treatment that does not require puncturing the skin, like micro-needling and fillers do. Nevertheless, it can sometimes cause a bit of a stinging feeling. The gentlest chemical peels are those that contain, glycolic, lactic, alpha-hydroxy, or fruit acid. Some patients who receive chemical peels for the first time may experience temporary redness, stinging, crusting, or irritation, but as the skin starts to adjust to these chemicals, these problems will gradually lessen.
People who have the following skin problems can benefit most from having a chemical peel:
- Age and liver spots
- Sun-damaged skin
- Rough or scaly skin with patches
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne or acne scars
Chemical peels have three basic types, and these include:
Superficial chemical peel
Also called the lunchtime peel, superficial peel uses the gentlest chemicals to penetrate the outer layer of the skin only to gently exfoliate it. Dermatologists and aestheticians use superficial peels to get rid of the skin’s mild discoloration and roughness for a fresher looking skin on the face, neck, hands, and chest.
A superficial peel often requires one to several days to completely reveal younger looking skin. The skin at first will look red; and it will later scale slightly. Patients who have had this procedure should use lotion and cream followed by sunscreen every day.
Medium chemical peel
Doctors use trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid to do the medium peel, the type of chemical peel that aims to penetrate the outer and middle layer of the skin to get rid of damaged skin cells. Age spots, freckles, moderate skin discoloration, rough skin, wrinkles, and even precancerous skin growth are managed using this kind of peel.
Deep chemical peel
Phenol and tricholoracetic acid are the chemicals of choice used for this procedure to deeply penetrate the skin’s middle layer and remove the damaged skin cells. This procedure is typically used to get rid of shallow scars, age spots, moderate skin lines, and freckles. Patients who undergo this kind of chemical peel usually experience dramatic skin improvement after the procedure. Deep peels are not used on darker skin types as they can cause bleaching. And, typically a deep chemical peel can only be performed once.
If you are considering a chemical peel, be certain to first get a consult at a clinic with well trained and experienced staff. Choosing the right clinic, with well-qualified professionals, will help to ensure you make the best choices for you, get the best chemical peel for your skin type, and get the results that you want to achieve.
InShape Apex is a wellness, anti-aging, aesthetics, and weight loss clinic located in the Apex-Cary area of the Triangle, serving the greater Raleigh, NC area. The health professionals at InShape Apex take a mind-body, positive health approach to helping their patients gain better health and well-being using the most effective protocols and practices. Health and wellness coaching is central to their approach and the reason that their clients have such a positive experience and high success rates. They can be reached at 919-468-3900 or visit them at www.inshapeapex.com.