Now that it is winter, it’s a good time to get that chemical peel you have been thinking about all summer. A chemical peel is like giving your face a fresh start. It can address skin concerns ranging from hyperpigmentation, acne scars, wrinkles, skin tone and dehydrated skin among other things. The truth is, your skin spent a lot of time enjoying the beautiful sunny weather we are blessed with in San Diego. And, while warm weather pleases most of us, sunlight can also damage your skin. Blemishes, pigment spots, raised veins, redness and wrinkles are all a result of sun exposure, and moisturizing cream can only do so much. In fact, the dead cells on the outermost layer of your skin can actually block the effects of your moisturizer no matter how good it is. Not only does a chemical peel help to remedy the after-effects of too much sun, it can also be used to treat certain types of acne, reduce fine lines and dark spots, improve the appearance of mild scars and enhance the look and feel of your skin.
A Chemical Peel Is Like Giving Your Face A Fresh Start…
What Is A Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is an anti-aging treatment that uses a chemical solution to improve the texture and tone of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used on the neck and hands. Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. A chemical peel is one of the most economical ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Keep in mind, that results are highly dependent on the type of chemical and technique used.
Chemical Peels Can Help Transform Your Skin Quickly…
Should I Get A Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels can effectively treat a wide variety of skin issues, such as acne scars and other mild facial scarring, crow’s feet, aging skin, sun damage and wrinkles. It is always a good idea to ask your doctor what depth of peel would benefit you the most. That said, chemical peels are not for everyone. You may not be a good candidate for a chemical peel if you have any of the following: a naturally dark complexion or skin tone, a history of abnormal skin scarring or a tendency to have extra pigmentation in your scars. If you have used certain acne treatments within the last year, or if you have skin conditions or take medications that make the skin more sensitive than normal, chemical peels may not be right for you. For this reason, it is important to work with your doctor to determine if a chemical peel is your best option.
Chemical Peel Recovery Can Vary Depending On The Type Of Peel You Have…
Types Of Chemical Peels
There are three types of chemical peels, light, medium, and deep. A light chemical peel may be the right choice for you if have uneven pigmentation, dryness, acne or fine wrinkling. This type of chemical peel may include a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and maleic acid. A medium chemical peel can treat people with acne scars, deeper wrinkles and uneven skin color. This type of peel will remove skin cells from both the outer layer of the skin and the upper part of the middle layer of skin. Frequently, medium chemical peels use trichloroacetic acid, Jessner’s solution and glycolic acid. For those with deeper facial wrinkles, sun damaged skin, scars and areas that appear blotchy, a deep chemical peel might be for you. It is the strongest of all peels, and uses a powerful chemical called phenol, to penetrate down to the lower dermal layer of your skin. For this type of chemical peel, a local anesthetic and a sedative would be used to manage any discomfort you may have. Deep chemical peels should be carefully considered. No matter what type you get, make sure you use a qualified physician that you trust.
After A Chemical Peel, The New Skin Is Temporarily More Sensitive To The Sun…
A Scientific Study
A study published on The National Institutes of Health’s website, concluded that chemical peels consisting of a modified Jessner’s solution proved to be useful in the treatment of melasma (brown patches). Not only did it improve results, it also minimized post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Types Of Chemical Peels For Acne Scars
The National Institutes of Health cites an evidence-based review on chemical peels for the treatment of acne and acne scars. Published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, the review states the most commonly used chemical peels in treating acne and acne scars include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, Jessner’s solution, resorcinol and trichloroacetic acid. It also adds that other peels have emerged containing a lactic acid, salicylic acid and mandelic acid combination which has proven to be useful in the management of acne. It concludes that the addition of chemical peels as a part of therapy led to a faster response and patient satisfaction.
Because This Is A Serious Procedure, A Peel Should Only Be Performed Under The Direction Of A Qualified Physician…
Recovery & Considerations
Your recovery time can vary depending on the type of peel you receive. Proper care of your skin after the peel is extremely important. If you are asked to stay out of the sun for a specific amount of time, do so. By not following your doctor’s orders, you may face an unwanted outcome. The care orders given to you by your doctor can help speed your healing, and give you longer lasting results. Additionally, they also help you avoid infection, as well as color changes in the treated areas that are caused by sun exposure. While there are certain risks associated with any chemical peel, the deeper peels have a greater risk of side effects and problems. Because a chemical peel involves many choices, the most important first step is selecting a doctor you can trust.
Get The Beauty You Deserve!
Medical Grade Chemical Peels
Your face is your calling card and one of the first things people notice when they meet you. Make sure it gives the right first impression. Whether you are looking to create a new you for the New Year or simply want to reverse the signs of aging, we can help. When it comes to providing and delivering results, Dr. Tara Brown has years of experience in treating skin imperfections and restoring a youthful glow. If you have questions about our medical skin peels call us at (619) 222-2020 ext. 142 to learn how we can help.