Common skin concerns such as acne scars, age spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and sun damage can affect your physical appearance and make you feel self-conscious.
A number of aesthetic treatments claim to address such issues, but a lot of them end up not resulting in any significant benefits or revealing a difference.
If you are looking for a non-surgical yet effective solution for a variety of skin concerns, chemical peels might be ideal for you.
Read on to know more.
What Are Chemical Peels?
As the name suggests, chemical peels involve peeling off the superficial layer of skin to reveal a new layer of smoother, fresher, and more youthful skin.
During the procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which helps slough off the top layer of dull and damaged skin, increasing new cell turnover and collagen growth, which results in a more even tone and texture.
When applied properly, a chemical peel can help improve the appearance of age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, fine lines, and sun damage on the face, neck, chest, back, and hands.
What Are The Different Types Of Chemical Peels?
Depending on the composition and depth of exfoliation, there are three types of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep peels.
Superficial peels or light peels exfoliate the outermost layer (epidermis) of the skin.
Light peels use low-strength lactic, salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxy acid like glycolic acid to treat light acne, hyperpigmentation, clogged pores, and an uneven skin tone. Since only the superficial layer is removed, your skin can recover within 2 to 4 days.
Medium peels typically use TCA, Jessner’s solution, and higher percentages of glycolic acid, which slough off both the epidermis and upper layer of the underlying dermis to treat acne scars, moderate sun damage, and deeper wrinkles.
However, your skin may require seven to twelve days to recover from a medium peel and the accompanying redness may persist for a few days after that.
As the name suggests, deep peels can penetrate into lower dermal layers to treat scarring, severe sun damage, and severe acne scars. Typically, deep peels are phenol-based. Compared to superficial and medium peels, deep peels can cause slight discomfort and may require more downtime. However, the results are usually more dramatic.
Some people might experience swelling, peeling, and crusting and the post-treatment effects may take a few weeks to subside.
What Are Chemical Peels For?
Different chemical peels are effective against a variety of skin conditions, such as:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Sun damaged skin
In the right hands, chemical peels can produce amazing skin resurfacing and rejuvenating results that can last from several months to years- depending on the type of peel and your skincare habits, as well as your overall lifestyle.
At VIKARA Esthetics, Miami, FL, Dr. Julio, and his team can help improve your skin’s tone and texture and reveal a complexion that looks and feels smoother, more youthful, and radiant.
Book a free consultation now to know more about the benefits of this amazing skin rejuvenating treatment.