WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Chemical peels are used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or
hands. A chemical solution is
strategically applied to the skin that causes exfoliation followed by peeling of the top
layers of the skin. The new,
regenerated skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Other noticeable
effects include improvement in
pigmentation, active acne, and fine lines. The new skin is also temporarily more
sensitive to the sun but heals
perfectly when precautions such as sun protection are taken.
THERE ARE THREE BASIC TYPES OF CHEMICAL PEELS:
- Superficial or lunchtime peel:
Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of
to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin
discoloration and rough skin as
well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.
- Medium peel: Glycolic or
trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to
damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and
wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin
discoloration. It also can be used to smooth enrough skin and treat some
precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic
- Deep peel: Trichloroacetic acid
or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged
cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars.
Patients will see a dramatic
improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and generally only
can be performed once.
When used by a professional, chemical peels are a safe and effective way to improve the
look of your skin. Make an
appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists to discuss if a peel is the
right option for you!
USES FOR CHEMICAL PEELS
- Age spots
- Aging skin
- Crow’s feet
- Sun-damaged skin
- Sagging skin