Do you suffer from sun-damaged skin, irregular pigmentation, acne scars, age spots, or fine lines and wrinkles? The fall season is the best time to consider a chemical peel that can help treat all these imperfections. Regenerated, toned skin will help you enjoy the winter holidays with a fresh, youthful glow.
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A chemical peel is a simple, effective procedure that accelerates skin turnover and speeds pigment reduction resulting in healthier skin and a more uniform complexion. Safely performed for over 100 years, it is a quick way to remove dead skin cells, fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and skin imperfections caused by aging and hormones. It is also one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CHEMICAL PEEL?
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves skin color, clarity, and texture
- Enhances skin glow and radiance
- Induces production of new collagen and stimulates cellular turnover
- Lightens discoloration and hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage
- Reduces acne scarring
- Fades freckles
- Softens rough skin and scaly patches
- Increases skin’s moisture retention
- Unclogs pores and helps clear acne
WHAT WILL A CHEMICAL PEEL NOT DO?
- Treat deep facial lines
- Tighten loose or sagging skin
- Remove broken capillaries
- Change pore size
- Remove deep scars
WHAT TYPES OF CHEMICAL PEELS ARE USED?
ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS: A group of naturally occurring aids that are derived from certain plants and fruits. The most commonly used form of alpha-hydroxy acid is GLYCOLIC ACID made from sugar cane. AHAs work by stimulating new growth of skin and collagen by decreasing the bond that holds dead skin cells on the surface. This allows dead cells to be removed gradually leaving behind a layer of smoother, softer skin.
BETA HYDROXY ACIDS: BHAs are simple organic fruit acids found in nature or synthesized in a laboratory. SALICYLIC ACID, made from willow bark, has been used
for treating acne and oily skin for decades. It accelerates skin cell turnover and helps clear pores.
HOW ARE CHEMICAL PEELS PERFORMED?
The skin will be cleansed, exfoliated, and “degreased” before the peel is applied. This process will ensure that all surface oils and debris is removed so that the peel can penetrate properly. A general feeling of warmth, tingling, and slight burning is felt during the procedure. These sensations will stop once the peel has been removed from the face.
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME AND WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?
There is minimal downtime depending on the level of the peel. Tightness, slight redness, and flaking may be experienced for a few days. The extent of peeling varies according to the person and depth of the peel. Some will not peel and experience only slight itching. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is mandatory following a peel and excessive exercise with sweating should be avoided for one to two days following the procedure. Products containing retinol and exfoliating scrubs should be avoided for ten days.
HOW OFTEN CAN A CHEMICAL PEEL BE PERFORMED?
Peels can be performed every three to six weeks with best results done in a series to achieve maximum effects.