Don’t let the name scare you. Chemical peels are actually safe and effective cosmetic treatments that can benefit the skin in many ways. A chemical peel removes the top layer of skin to reveal smoother, healthier skin below. Chemical peels are one of the quickest cosmetic treatments that can produce real results. Skin resurfacing with a chemical peel is one of the best lunchtime cosmetic procedures around. At Schweiger Dermatology, we employ the use of three different types of chemical peels: Jessner’s Peel, Gylcolic Acid Peel and Salicylic Acid Peel. We will customize the chemical peel depending on your skin type, desired outcome and lifestyle.
How Chemical Peels work
In each peel, a chemical agent is used to remove the top layer of skin and give a jumpstart to your skin’s natural collagen remodeling process. Prior to the application of the chemical agent, the skin is cleansed and a scrub is applied to remove the outermost layer of the dermis (stratum corneum). Once the chemical solution is applied, it’s left on the skin for about 1-10 minutes. During a peel, the skin is “destroyed” in a controlled and safe way so that newer, healthier skin can grow back to replace it.
The Best Chemical Peel for Sensitive Skin
A glycolic acid peel is a chemical peel that features glycolic acid as the main ingredient. Composed of a naturally occurring acid (found in certain fruits and sugar), the glycolic peel is perfect for more sensitive skin types. It is also great when it comes to unclogging pores and thus helping in acne prevention. Glycolic acid peels also remove pore-clogging debris from the skin and in this way, help to reduce the incidence of acne breakouts. After just one treatment, patients notice how soft and smooth their skin feels. We generally recommend 2-3 peels for maximum results. By removing the top layer of dead cells, thereby revealing more youthful, firmer skin beneath, a glycolic acid peel promotes an even-toned complexion that can last for months.
The Best Chemical Peel for Acne
Affecting the top layer of skin, the Jessner’s chemical peel reveals a silkier and more radiant skin beneath. After about a week post treatment, you will come to notice the truly astonishing effects of this type of chemical peel. A superficial peel, only affecting the top layer of skin, the Jessner Chemical Peel is a 100-year-old practice that has been shown to have enormous benefits, especially in terms of lightening discolored areas, treating acne lesions, smoothing out wrinkles and bringing a more youthful glow to the skin. Composed of three central ingredients: resorcinol, lactic acid, and salicylic acid, this treatment works to break down dead cells on the surface of the skin to reveal the softer, firmer skin beneath. Following your treatment, a natural peeling will begin to take place, as the Jessner Peel’s active ingredients stimulate this process.
The Best Chemical Peel for all Skin Types
Increasingly popular among celebrities, the Vi Peel is a brand new way to improve skin texture and tone. This procedure has been featured in numerous national magazines, including In Style and US Weekly. Used to treat discoloration, acne, as well as sun damage, the Vi Peel works to remove the top layer of dead skin in order to make way for newly refreshed and smoother skin. The Vi Peel was created for all skin types and tones—even darker complexions. As it contains an anesthetic, the pain involved with this process is minimal—it truly is a new approach to the traditional chemical peel. Patients have found it incredibly beneficial as far as helping with lessening the appearance of wrinkles, diminishing acne scars and dealing with the effects of sun damage. Blending acids and vitamins, the Vi Peel can help boost the body’s collagen production, thereby making skin appear firmer and more contoured.
Best Treatment Areas for Chemical Peels
A chemical peel has the ability to remove any residual red or brown spots left behind from the sun or acne. Chemical peels are also effective and non-invasive ways to rejuvenate the skin and turn back the clock. A chemical peel can also boost collagen production, which will help rejuvenate the skin and deliver younger and healthier skin.
Chemical peels can be an effective treatment at targeting many skin conditions, including:
- Acne scars
- Active acne lesions
- Sun damage
- Pigmentation issues
- Fine lines.
Chemical Peel Side Effects
It’s best to speak with your provider about the possible side effects associated with a chemical peel. The most common risks of a chemical peel include:
- Crusting of the skin
- Increased photosensitivity
- Redness (it should be noted that some redness is expected after a chemical peel)
- Scarring of the skin
- Pigmentation changes
Chemical peels are generally a low-risk treatment that has many benefits and can rejuvenate the skin without surgery.
Ready to rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel? Book an appointment now with one or our skilled cosmetic dermatologists or physician assistants.