Want to improve the look of your skin? Chemical peels may be the answer.
Chemical peels fall into one of three categories: Superficial, Medium and Deep. The depth of the peel dictates the patient’s comfort level during and after the procedure, the healing time, potential adverse effects, and the results.
Chemical peels can help with the following:
- Melasma (excess pigment sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy”)
- Acne (whiteheads, blackheads, red bumps, and pustules)
- Post acne pigmentation
- Textural irregularities
- Pigmented spots or irregular pigment
- Lentigines (liver spots)
- Fine superficial wrinkling
Are you interested in learning if a chemical peel is right for you? Book an appointment with us today and our compassionate and experienced esthetician will help devise an appropriate treatment plan for you.
What are the different types of chemical peels?
Island Dermatology offers three different types of chemical peels. Your provider can recommend a suitable peel for your skin, depending on your age, skin type, and the severity of the skin concerns you want to treat.
The three main types of chemical peels are:
Glycolic acid peel
Glycolic acid is a form of alpha-hydroxy acid, which contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This peel penetrates the surface and middle layers of your skin for enhanced efficacy. Glycolic acid peels are especially effective at treating acne, as they can lift excess oils from the hair follicles in your skin.
They also reduce the production of melanin, which adds pigment to your skin, so these peels are common treatments for brown spots and hyperpigmentation.
Salicylic acid peel
Salicylic acid is a type of acid commonly found in acne treatments. Not only does it contain anti-inflammatory properties, salicylic acid also unclogs the dead skin cells and oils that cause acne. It’s a gentle type of chemical peel that can also reduce the appearance of melasma and freckles.
Trichloroacetic acid peel
Trichloroacetic acid peels are available in varying strengths, from mild and medium to deep. The treatment effectively removes dead skin cells, oil, bacteria, and other built-up debris from your skin. This type of chemical peel is an effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and hyperpigmentation.
Most chemical peels take about 30 minutes to apply. Over the coming hours and days, your skin should begin to dry, crack, and slough off to reveal the fresh skin underneath.
To learn more about chemical peels, call Island Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.