Chemical peels are used to enhance skin’s natural exfoliation process. They improve the texture and appearance of your skin, giving it a youthful, healthy glow. A chemical peel may be used to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots, acne, mild scarring, fine lines, and other skin concerns.
There are various strengths of peels: superficial, medium, and deep. Commonly used acids are glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid. An aesthetician may administer low strength acid peels, but the high strength peels require a physician. It is important to follow proper home care follow-up. After a chemical peel, over exposure to sun may cause severe sunburn – sunscreen is a must!
Television vs. truth: About that infamous episode of Sex and the City
You may be familiar with the episode when the character Samantha had an unfortunate experience with a chemical peel, leaving her severely red and irritated. This is a classic example of a “made for TV” mishap. In reality, that kind of reaction only occurs with a deep peel, in which case the patient is informed about recovery time, and instructed to remain indoors until healing is complete.
Many individuals are frightened by words like “acid” and “chemical,” but the procedure is nothing to fear. It is true that chemicals are used, but it is important to remember that we use chemicals many times a day. Hydrogen peroxide, aspirin, and many common food additives are also “chemicals.” Most of our peels are formulated with gentle ingredients, derived from nature. For example, lactic acid is a milk product, salicylic acid comes from wintergreen, and glycolic acid is a derivative of sugar cane.
Over-the-counter and do-it-yourself peels
Self-treatment will not yield the same results as a procedure performed by a medical professional, despite the fantastic claims made by many manufacturers. Due to safety concerns, commercially available products only contain a small percentage of the active ingredients used in a professional setting. The retail sale of professional strength products would be illegal.
Some chemical peels are mild, and do not leave noticeable effects the next day. These gentle treatments, known as resurfacing, use mild acid for a beautifully fresh face with no peeling.
A glycolic peel is an excellent option for reducing fine lines, stimulating collagen production, and increasing moisture detention.
Medium depth treatments are known as peels. They are great for individuals with skin that allows for a more aggressive treatment, and those who do not object to some peeling for a couple of days to a week. Peeling treatments provide more dramatic results than resurfacing.
Our Melanage Skin Lightening System improves the appearance and texture of hyperpigmentation. It is a superficial peel involving an at-home regimen as well as a medicated masque.
Who performs the treatment?
Dr. McConnell performs most chemical peels personally. Our skilled, licensed, medical aesthetician, Leila Montazeri assists on occasion. Leila Montazeri also assists with procedures such as laser hair removal, threading, glycolic peels, micro current with LED, and microdermabrasion.
For more information about chemical peels, or to schedule an appointment, call DSA Dermatology at (972) 362-9567