4 Things You Need To Know About Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are one of the most trustworthy and credible cosmetic treatments of all time. They have an incredible ability to treat a multitude of different skin issues, and in our opinion, they are the key to flawless skin. Consider this article your crash course if you’ve not yet delved into the world of chemical peels.

Four Things You Need To Know About Chemical Peels 

Chemical peels are one of the most efficient methods for removing dead skin cells and promoting cell renewal. The procedure involves applying a glycolic and/or salicylic acid solution to the skin, removing dull, dead skin cells, and revealing new, younger skin.

The redundant cells then naturally peel away. The solution stimulates collagen production, which promotes new cell growth and makes the skin more elastic, firm, and radiant. At the same time, the solution’s vitamins nourish the skin, making for maximum revitalization.

1. Results Depend On The Type of Peel

Chemical peel results can differ depending on the type of peel used. This is because each peel has a specific degree of intensity or how heavily it permeates and handles the skin. To comprehend why the results differ from one peel to the next, you must first understand what each type of peel does to your skin.

  •  Light Peel Since they’re a universal peel, light peels are the most prevalent. Light peels are fairly easy to heal from and can be used more regularly than other kinds of peels. A light peel refers to the light intensity of the chemical used in the peel.  For a light chemical peel, AHA, lactic acid, or glycolic acid are often used. These medium-intensity chemicals permeate only the first layers of the skin, exfoliating and treating any concerns in the subdermal layers. An esthetician can use light peels to relieve acne, diminish acne scarring, shrink swollen pores, even out skin tone and texture, correct sun damage, decrease fine lines, and more.
  • Medium Peel Medium peels, the second most popular chemical peel, are often used to treat many skin problems at once. Medium peels are somewhat specialized. Medium peels are frequently used for anti-aging, especially to help minimize wrinkles and dark spots. Your esthetician may also use medium peels to reduce the appearance of scars, including those caused by extreme acne. TCA or refined glycolic acids are often used in medium peels to exfoliate extra layers of skin and handle the subdermal layers.
  • Deep Peels Deep peels aren’t used very often. In fact, most doctors advise that deep peels be used only once in a lifetime. Deep chemical peels use strong acid to resolve significant health issues. Deep chemical peels are used to remove melanoma cells from the skin and prevent them from returning. Deep peels are also occasionally used to remove deep scars or wrinkles on a one-time basis.

2. You Can Do Light Peels Often

Light peels can and should be used regularly. At our clinic, we suggest that patients who use light peels have a series of treatments to obtain optimal results, then reduce the frequency of subsequent treatments to preserve results. This is because the effects of light peels build up over the years, steadily enhancing the look and condition of the skin.

Most people will need 4 to 6 light peels scheduled 1 to 2 months apart to obtain the best results. The period between peels enables skin cells to regenerate and turn over, with each peel exposing new cells beneath the skin’s surface. The exact number of treatments depends on your skin issues and will be set upon consultation.

3. For The Best Results, Care For Your Skin 

Good skincare is also important for good outcomes after a chemical peel. In fact, good skincare practices lead to improved skin in general. This is especially true when it comes to caring for the new skin that a chemical peel reveals. Things like regular cleansing, moisturizing, and wearing sunblock all help maximize results.

4. Your Recovery Affects Your Results

 Your outcome will be determined by how well you care for your skin during the healing process. Although a chemical peel has no downtime and you can resume your daily activities immediately, there are certain things you should know about your recovery.
Your skin will be most sensitive and vulnerable 3 to 7 days after your peel, so that is the time to heal. We recommend avoiding significant exposure to the sun and using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin. Your new skin cells will have turned over and completed peeling after 7 to 10 days.

If you want to start your chemical peel journey, book a consultation with us here at Belle Ame Med Spa.