There are many benefits for getting a chemical peel, though its important to know which one is best for you, your skin type and what concerns you’re trying to improve by getting a chemical peel. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, chemical peels are considered one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Recently, chemical peels have become more popular because they give a near immediate result, and can be performed multiple times at varying. Listed below are the different types of chemical peels, what they do and what to expect with these peels. Keep in mind, not everyone is a candidate for chemical peels, and it’s always essential for you to chat with your licensed professional about which chemical peel is best for you, and your needs.*
Chemical peels are able to aid in the fight against many skin conditions, under the right circumstances. During a chemical peel, your skin care professional will prep your skin, apply a thin layer of “chemical” that causes a very slight blister, that feels much like a sun burn. During the healing period, your skin will peel away, or shed, the dead skin cells that had been harmed during the treatment. What lies underneath the dead, shedding skin is new, tighter and healthier skin. Chemical peels can help with fine lines around the eyes and mouth as well as aging skin due to the sun, dark spots caused by the sun, pregnancy or birth control pills (hyper-pigmentation), certain grades of acne, and also improves the overall texture and feel of your skin.
Different degrees of chemical peels are also essential for you and your skin care specialist to talk about. Some important questions to ask is, how long will you have down time (if at all)? What to expect during, and after, the treatment? Is a follow up visit necessary? More likely than not, you’ll need to do a series of treatments to get the desired look you’re trying to achieve. Each peel is different, with varying degrees of depth, peeling, burning and down time. Each of these aspects are important to discuss with a trusted licensed professional.
There are many different types of chemical peels, and each ingredient has a different effect on your skin. Each peel ranges in depths, anywhere from a superficial peels that have no down time, that use glycolic, salicylic or lactic acids or even fruit acids. Other peels are designed to effect deeper levels of the skin and usually require up to two weeks off from work. Each chemical peel addresses different concerns, and take different healing times. Your licensed professional will be able to talk about each of these topics with your during your consultation.
Are you a candidate for chemical peels? The answer is, mostly likely yes. Although it’s important to discuss your skin concerns out with your licensed professional. Each peel effects different people differently, and in different ways, therefore its good to know that peels can generally be customized to fit your individual needs.
*Individual results may vary.