Undergoing a treatment with a chemical peel is a great way to rejuvenate the appearance of skin affected by a wide range of skin conditions. Many peels do not even involve sedation or downtime. Whether you are affected by lines, wrinkles, scars, or blemishes, there is a peel treatment available to help enhance the appearance of your skin.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are a type of treatment involving the application of a topical solution containing some type of chemical like glycolic or lactic acids. The solution is left on your skin for a specific amount of time to encourage your body to remove old, damaged skin tissue. New tissue forms underneath and replaces this old skin.
There are three basic types of chemical peels: Superficial, Medium, and Deep. The classification is based upon the peel ingredients, concentration, and depth of penetration. The specific peel that is best for you can be determined that your initial consultation with us.
Superficial peels work on the very top layer of skin that is mostly a buildup of dead skin cells. The types of acid commonly used are alpha hydroxy, glycolic, and lactic acids. These mild acids remove the inorganic buildup of material that is blocking the natural radiance of your skin underneath. A superficial peel should not require any sedation or downtime. One drawback to this type of peel is that its mild nature means that multiple applications may be necessary in some instances.
A medium peel removes not only the top layer of skin, but also some of the lower epidermis skin layer. This encourages your body to create new skin tissue that pushes up from beneath. Medium peels normally use a chemical called TCA and may involve some sedation and minimal downtime. This type of peel is best for the treatment of superficial scars, light to moderate wrinkles, and sunspots.
A deep chemical peel is for the treatment of serious skin problems like deep scars, deeper wrinkles, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation. Phenol or carboxylic acid are two common acids used in deep peel solutions. They will remove the epidermis and some of the dermis skin layers. It is important to realize that this is a very powerful form of skin treatment that offers dramatic results, but sedation and significant downtime will be required as your skin heals and remodels itself.
It is important to baby your skin after your treatment with chemical peels since your skin will be somewhat sensitive at this time. Now is not the time to begin experimenting with new topical skin care products. Stick with what you know is soothing for your skin. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, and remain hydrated both before and after your chemical peel treatment.
If you would like to experience for yourself how a chemical peel can rejuvenate the appearance of skin affected by aging or sun damage, visit Eva Claiborne Beauty & Wellness in Tiburon, CA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!