Skin Issues Can’t Stand Up to a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is a technique utilized by many patients to improve the skin of the hands, the neck, and most commonly the face. Its name may sound a bit scary and can put people off. However, it is a simple, safe, and time-tested procedure that can provide relief from many common problems, such as acne, sun-damaged skin, fine lines, scars, and wrinkles.
The treatment involves applying a chemical solution to the skin so that damaged skin layers can peel off under medical supervision. The result is beautiful new skin in place of the damaged skin.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are many types of peels available. These are differentiated by their strength and the skin layers affected by the chemicals used in the peel.
Superficial (or Light) Peel: In this treatment, chemicals only penetrate the outermost layer of the skin. A mild alphahydroxy acid (such as lactic, fruit, or salicylic acid) is applied to the affected skin. After the exfoliating process is complete, the new skin emerges. It is used to treat mild skin conditions like discoloration or to generally improve skin tone. It is also known as a lunchtime peel, indicating the simple and less time-consuming nature of the treatment.
Medium Peel: In this type of treatment, chemicals may be used to penetrate the outer and the middle skin layers. Use of trichloroacetic or glycolic acid helps to treat skin problems like wrinkles, age spots, and a rough appearance. It can also treat skin growths like actinic keratoses.
Deep Peel: Chemicals like croton oil and phenol deeply soak into the skin layers. This peel can remove deep wrinkles, freckles, blotches, scars, age spots, and more. It is very effective in treating damaged skin. The results from this treatment can be phenomenal and can last for a long time. It is an intensive procedure for the face and requires more time to perform and recover from than milder peels.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is useful for many skin problems:
• Chemical treatments can heal acne scars and other types of mild skin scarring.
• Hyperpigmentation is a common skin problem that can be corrected by chemical peel treatments.
• Skin damaged by excessive sun exposure can appear blotchy, red, and wrinkled. Chemical peels can very effectively heal this type of skin damage.
• Chemical peels are excellent treatment options for fine lines and even deep wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Sagging and aging skin can benefit from chemical treatments to impart a more toned look and feel to the skin.
• Skin that is rough in appearance or has scaly patches can become smoother thanks to chemical peel treatments.
A Safe Procedure
Chemical peels are safe treatments options for many skin problems. The procedure is painless, though the chemicals may sting a little upon application. For deep peels, anesthesia will be necessary, as will other safety precautions.
Your Chemical Peel Consultation
Ensure that you consult with Dr. Matthew Richardson or Dr. Jordan Cain before your chemical peel procedure. Both doctors are qualified and experienced in skin resurfacing procedures who can recommend the best chemical peel for your skin issues.
It is imperative that you follow all post-treatment care directions given to you by Dr. Richardson or Dr. Cain. These can include application of medicated lotions and sun safety procedures to keep your skin protected and safe as it heals.
Make an appointment for a consultation with the doctors by contacting us today. Let us help you look your best!