The sad fact of life is that the aging process is extremely rough on your skin. Over time, problems like fine lines and wrinkles increasingly begin making their unwelcome appearance, leading to a look that can appear old and tired. These types of skin problems can even cause depression and anxiety in some cases. Fortunately, chemical peels exist.
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are a non-surgical means of skin rejuvenation that can help diminish skin problems like lines, scars, and other blemishes. They involve the application of topical solutions containing chemicals that gently remove the outer skin layer. Once removed, the body replaces the old skin with new skin that displays fewer imperfections.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are different types of chemical peels available. They all aim to address different issues. As such, this treatment is not one-size-fits-all. During a consultation at our office, our skin care specialist can help you determine which type of peel is likely to give you the results you desire. It’s also important to keep in mind that oftentimes, a series of peel treatments are required for optimal results.
Superficial or light chemical peels involve the use of mild solutions and typically only involve the removal of the outermost skin layer or epidermis. Since they are the mildest form of peel available, they sometimes require multiple treatments to treat some tougher skin problems.
If you need a somewhat stronger solution, a stronger chemical peel may be right for you. The solution will remain on your skin for some time longer than a lighter peel and will remove the epidermis and a portion of the lower dermis skin layer. If you have extremely serious skin problems, an even deeper chemical peel may be required. It all depends on the unique situation.
Preparations and Aftercare
You will need to ensure that your skin is free from any acne breakouts at the time of your chemical peel. Your skin should also be free from infection. After your professional peel treatment, you will need to avoid sun exposure. If you must go outside, use a sunscreen and wear a hat to safeguard your skin from UV exposure. You should also wear a good moisturizer.