What Is a Chemical Peel and How Often Should I Get It Done?
Medical grade chemical peels are skin treatments in which a chemical solution is applied to your skin. This exfoliating treatment removes damaged layers of skin and allows smoother and more radiant skin to come to the surface. Chemical peels are considered the ideal skin treatment for anyone who has fine lines and wrinkles, acne, acne scars, sun damage, age spots or rough skin.
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There are three types of chemical peels and each one uses a different chemical solution. Light chemical peels typically include a mixture of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid salicylic acid and glycolic acid to smooth the skin. These acids gently exfoliate the skin and are helpful in reducing mild acne scars, fine lines, and sun-damaged skin. Since the light chemical peel also unclogs pores, it is appropriate for the treatment of acne. The light chemical peel can be performed on a monthly basis.
The medium chemical peel penetrates the skin more deeply than a light peel and involves the application of high percentage of trichloroacetic acid. The acid removes dull and damaged layers of skin, helping to reduce the appearance of mild acne scarring, wrinkles, sun damage and uneven pigmentation. To maintain your results, you can receive a medium chemical peel every three to six months.
A deep chemical peel reaches the deepest layers of skin and is designed to address more serious skin imperfections. This type of chemical peel uses phenol to achieve dramatic results that last for years. The deep chemical peel only requires a single treatment and is designed for the treatment of coarse wrinkles, pre-cancerous growths, scars and severely sun-damaged skin.