Almost every one of my patients come to my office looking to improve their appearance, address their skin concerns, and gain a more youthful appearance. One of the most efficient and popular ways to achieve these goals is through the chemical peel. Though there are many types, a chemical peel typically uses an acid solution, like glycolic acid, to remove dead and damaged upper layers of skin to give you a more refined skin texture. The result? The reduced appearance of blemishes, fine lines, and scars.
Chemical peels have emerged as the best treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Fine lines
- Uneven skin
Each patient is unique in their needs and so chemical peels have been safely developed to target the main areas an individual may be concerned about, such as the face, top of the hands, neck, and décolletage.
When applied to the skin, the chemical peel exfoliates the skin’s upper layers to rejuvenate the whole face, including areas that may be difficult to fully attend to on your own. Many people elect to undergo a chemical peel in our office after trying alternative methods of achieving youthful, glowing skin. DIY home treatments tend not to be as effective as office treatments and can result in increased irritation, scarring, or other complications.
With professional chemical peels, the end result is a new layer of skin that is smoother, with fewer wrinkles than the old skin. You’ll notice that after a chemical peel that even applying makeup is much easier and satisfying.
Skin That Simply Glows
If you’ve ever noticed someone with skin that simply glows no matter where they are or what they’re doing, don’t be surprised if they owe that youthful appearance to chemical peels.
Chemical peels are not your typical skincare fad, such as charcoal masks, as peels have been around and popularly used for decades. In fact, Christine Lennon of the New York Timeswrote that, in around 20 B.C., Cleopatra soaked her face in sour milk, which is high in lactic acid, to remove the top layer of dead cells gently and reveal the smoother skin beneath.
The glow that so many patients of mine are looking to achieve isn’t just a feeling of confidence after having a chemical peel done. It’s actually related to the procedure itself and the removal of the dead skin. Light reflects differently off the skin after a chemical peel due to the upper most layer, the stratum corneum, having just been removed. This is what results in the post-peel glow that our patients have learned to love.
If you haven’t taken good care of your skin or you’re looking to rejuvenate your look, a chemical peel can help in a variety of ways:
- Skin Care Products Work Better: When you remove a layer of dead skin cells, there’s nothing impeding the performance of your skin care products because your skin is smoother, more radiant, and a more receptive canvas for how you want condition it and craft your look.
- Customized for Every Skin Color: Everyone’s skin is different and your concerns are unique to you. Chemical peels can be customized to treat different types of blemishes and skin pigmentations.
- Reduce Acne and Scarring: Chemical peels can unclog pores, remove blackheads, and speed up recovery of post-pimple hyperpigmentation (inflammation, red spots). Deeper acne scars and enlarged pores can be targeted to even out out the appearance of your skin.
- Reduce Appearance of Dark Spots, Under Eye Circles: Hereditary under eye circles and dark spots can be treated safely with chemical peels which offer some help in reducing their appearance.
If you’d like more information on what treatment may be best for you, please do not hesitate to reach out or schedule a consult with me by calling or filling out our contact form here.