Chemical peels provide men and women with a straightforward way to refresh the surface of their skin. Most chemical peels are performed on the face, and each gently disrupts the uppermost layer of cells to reveal more radiance and smoothness. Ideally, our skin cells would slough off on their own, but they usually don’t. This results in a dull complexion and poor texture. A buildup of dead and damaged cells also prevents your skincare products from doing their job.
In our Spring Lake, NJ office, we can develop chemical peels around your needs for brighter, smoother skin. The question you may be asking is “which type of chemical peel is right for me?” The good news is that your peel is customizable. The real question that needs to be answered is how much improvement you want and how much downtime you can schedule.
Superficial chemical peels are usually formulated with an alpha hydroxy or a beta hydroxy acid combination. Examples of alpha hydroxy acids include lactic acid, glycolic acid, and citric acid. Salicylic acid is an example of a beta hydroxy acid. Many of the ingredients commonly used in superficial peels are derived from plants and fruit enzymes, making them organic and ultra-nourishing.
Improvement and downtime: The level of improvement that is achieved with a superficial peel is minimal to moderate. The benefit of light peels is that they can be obtained routinely, every month or two. The cumulative effects of routine peels lead to progressive improvement rather than a dramatic change right away. Because superficial peels affect only the uppermost layer of skin cells, there is virtually no downtime. The skin may be slightly red for a short time, but many people go right back to work after treatment.
Medium and deeper chemical peels contain precise concentrations of Trichloroacetic acid, or TCA. This type of acid penetrates the deeper layers of skin cells for a more dramatic effect. A medium peel may involve a pre-treatment of topical numbing cream to reduce the stinging or burning sensation that may occur as the controlled solution sits on the skin.
Improvement and downtime: Deeper penetration of the skin leads to a more noticeable improvement than what is possible with a superficial peel. However, because a more considerable amount of tissue is affected, redness will linger for at least a few days. The skin may also appear swollen and peeling or flaking may occur. Post-treatment skin care is crucial to infection prevention and optimal results. Downtime usually does not extend beyond one week.