It’s hard to beat chemical peels when it comes to skin rejuvenation. From wrinkle reduction to scar revision to brightening the complexion, peels offer a non-surgical treatment method that can completely transform the appearance of your skin.
A chemical peel is a medical-grade solution that contains an acid that removes some of the outer portion of your skin to coax your body into producing new skin tissue. Peels are able to treat a wide range of skin conditions like scars, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, stretch marks, and more.
Not all chemical peels are created equal. Each has its unique uses and ingredients. Peels fall into three basic categories: superficial, medium, and deep. Peels are defined by their ingredients, depth of penetration, and concentration of active ingredients.
Glycolic and Lactic Acid Peels
Glycolic and lactic acids are two mild types of acid commonly used in superficial peels, which is basically a type of exfoliation. They do not require any sedation or downtime and can improve the appearance of enlarged pores, dull complexions, and superficial acne scars. Because they are so gentle, glycolic and lactic acid peels may require repeat treatments for optimal results.
Medium peels often contain a chemical called TCA and remove the stratum corneum skin layer and portions of the epidermis. They are typically used to treat light wrinkles, superficial scars, and hyperpigmentation. Medium peels may involve some downtime.
Phenol and Carbolic Acid Peels
Phenol and carbolic acid are used in stronger chemical peels like the deep peel. They remove the epidermis skin layer and some of the lower dermis skin tissue. Deep peels are a strong treatment that require significant downtime, usually about a week. They are for the treatment of deep scars, deeper wrinkles, stretch marks, and more.
Chemical Peels Post-Treatment
It is important to be very gentle with your skin after your peel since it will be very delicate at this time. Avoid exposure to UV radiation and any activity that could dehydrate your skin. It is a good idea to lock in moisture using a good moisturizer immediately after your shower or bath.
Avoid undergoing any laser treatments or applying retinoids in the treatment area for a few weeks before and after your peel treatment.
If you are dealing with skin problems like sun damage or the effects of aging, we encourage you to speak with the educated staff at World Wellness Health Institute. We can help you determine if this treatment is right for you. Our office is conveniently located in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!