Here’s Why You Should Consider Chemical Peels
- Posted on: Mar 16 2022
In the 1990s, chemical peels emerged as an age-defying treatment for the face. Today, chemical peels are used to infuse the skin with ingredients that diminish the appearance of lines, build collagen, and balance skin tone. This treatment uses acid formulas that are refined to achieve better results without causing too much irritation or peeling.
If you have tried everything to achieve clear, flawless skin but can’t seem to achieve it, you should consider chemical peels. This treatment is the fastest and safest way to achieve a spotless and lineless complexion.
Here’s everything you need to know about chemical peels and why you should consider it to achieve glowing skin:
What happens during a chemical peel treatment?
A chemical peel begins with a thorough cleansing of the skin. Next, an acid-based solution is applied to the skin. The solution gently peels away damaged skin cells, allowing healthy skin to grow in its place.
The peel is either left on the skin or removed and a lightweight moisturizer or calming mask is applied at the end of the treatment, depending on whether the peel needs to be neutralized.
What are the different types of chemical peels?
Depending on the underlying condition, you can do a Glycolic peel or a Jessner peel. Glycolic peel uses a mild Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) to produce a light peel of the outermost damaged layers of the skin. A Jessner peel is a popular medium-depth chemical peel consisting of lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol.
At MunkMD, we work with you to determine whether a light, medium or deep chemical peel is best for your skin and concerns.
- Light chemical peels gently exfoliate the skin using mild chemical agents and remove only the epidermis (the outermost skin layer). It’s typically used for: fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne and dry skin.
- Medium chemical peels are slightly stronger than a light peel and removes the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. It’s typically used for: wrinkles, uneven skin tone and acne scars.
- Deep chemical peels use strong chemical agents that remove the epidermis, along with the upper and middle layer of the dermis. It’s typically used for: deeper wrinkles, deeper scars and precancerous skin patches.
What are the benefits?
- Acne Control: the common inflammatory skin condition can be treated with chemical peels to help improve and control acne. This treatment can break down clogged hair follicles, decrease oil production, kill bacteria, reduce inflammation and increase absorption of topical treatments.
- Acne Scars: chemical peels exfoliate the top layer of the skin which removes excess collagen that can leave your skin with acne scars.
- Hyperpigmentation & Melasma Control: while there’s no permanent cure for melasma, chemical peels paired with high-SPF sunscreen and strict sun avoidance can be the best solutions to control dark-patches. It can also help improve other forms of hyperpigmentation such as uneven skin tone, freckles, surgical scars and discolouration.
- Aging Skin: chemical peels reduce the signs of aging including wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, uneven skin tone, texture, dryness and liver spots. Since the treatment triggers the production of collagen and elastin, it rejuvenates the skin leaving you with a youthful glow.
- Precancerous Growth: actinic keratoses are rough skin patches caused by years of sun exposure, which can potentially turn into skin cancer. A deep chemical peel can remove these growths and decrease the risk of skin cancer.
What’s the recovery process like?
The skin’s post-treatment healing process is different for each type of peel. For lighter peels, patients may experience mild redness for a few hours and mild flaking for 1-2 days. For stronger peels, patients may experience dry, tight skin, slight redness and heightened sensitivity for 2-4 days following treatment. When the old, damaged skin has peeled away, patients are left with refresh, glowing skin.
Who is a good candidate for chemical peels?
Chemical peels work best for patients with generally healthy skin, mild scarring and superficial wrinkles. It’s always best to consult with a specialist or dermatologist to assess if chemical peels are the right choice for your skin concerns.
MunkMD’s March Madness promotion is still running! Every Monday of the month, enjoy 2 chemical peel treatments for the price of 1. Limited spaces are available, so book your chemical peel consultation now!
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