Younger looking skin
Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, with wrinkled texture, spotted areas or even scarred. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.
What skin conditions can a chemical peel treat?
A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck, chest, back, and hands.
You can improve:
- Acne or acne scars
- Age and sunspots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
What does a chemical peel do?
Chemical peels increase the skin’s cell turnover rate (also known as the cell renewal factor) which is what keeps dead skin cells from getting built up. The process of cell turnover slows down as we age and we then see changes in our aging skin. As dead skin cells build up, the result is noticeable in the skin’s texture and health. Chemical peels remove excess accumulation of dead skin cells and encourage new cells to grow and be seen at the surface. This creates improvement in skin texture and increase in cell turnover, hydration, barrier function, moisture retention, elastin, and collagen production. Regular chemical peels reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. After treatment, skin looks and feels smoother and softer. Chemical peels are used to control skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, clogged pores, eczema, and dry skin.
Who can perform a chemical peel and how strong can it be?
Light peels can be performed by a licensed esthetician and are non-invasive, meant to remove the dead layer alone. Medical estheticians can use solutions to penetrate the dead layer as well as the living layer to produce a more effective anti-aging treatments. These deeper peels must be directed by a physician and can be administered by a licensed medical esthetician. The doctor can prescribe the use of chemical solutions that are customized to the patient’s specific skin care needs, condition, and skin type. At Always Beautiful Medspa, we offer light and deep peels under medical direction that are based upon your specific skin care needs and desires.
Chemical peels alone will create sloughing skin for several days and should be expected. After a chemical peel, you should avoid the sun and any additional exfoliation outside of what’s recommended by your medical esthetician. It’s important to be using quality home care products you’ve purchased from your medical esthetician as well as wearing sunscreen daily that includes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Peels do make the skin drier at first until the top layers slough off, so keeping the skin properly hydrated is important.