What's the Deal with Chemical Peels?

March 15, 2018

 

What's the deal with chemical peels you ask, well we have answers for you! There are different levels of chemicals peels starting with level 1 and going up level to 4. The ideal pH for any peel is 3-4 the peel has to have a pH level lower than skin (which is 5.5) so that a reaction can happen. With any peel you want to start off with the lowest level and percent to see how your skin adapts. If your skin starts flaking DO NOT PICK AT IT picking can cause hyperpigmentation and other issues. Peels make your skin more sensitive to sun-light so be sure to have a SPF of at least 30. We're going to get into the different kind of peels and which skin type they work best on. First, we have Glycolic Acid. Glycolic has the smallest molecular size so it penetrates the skin deepest making it most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness, hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. This peel sloughs off dead skin revealing brighter, smoother, younger looking skin. This acid works for exfoliation and rejuvenation of aging skin, scaring and discoloration. It is effective in removing the outermost layer of dead cells surface revealing brighter, fresher skin. Glycolic can be found in your everyday skin care products in small doses. Next, we have Lactic Acid which is mild since it is derived from milk. This peel is ideal for dry, oily, sensitive and mature skin types. This peel exfoliates the surface while cleaning deep in the pores. It stimulates natural collagen production, evens out skin tone,fades dark spots, lightens and brightens skin and improves appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lactic Acid will removes dead skin and toxins while helping the skin maintain a healthy pH level. A Beta Hydroxy Acid, Salicylic is ideal for acne prone and oily skin. It is naturally occurring in willow bark, which is used to make aspirin, so if you have an allergy to aspirin you don't want to use this peel. Salicylic can also relieve inflammation and redness, it dissolves sebum, or oil in the skin that clogs pores and causes acne. Last we have the TCA peel (trichloroacetic) is used as a medium strength peel. TCA is good for spot treating isolated areas. It is safe for all skin types especially normal to oily, sun damaged, aged, and uneven skin. It improves skin tone, texture, and clarity. Reduces clogged pores, acne, scars, wrinkles, and fine lines, increases collagen and elastin. This acid is also used for removing tattoos, freckles, and scars. There are several other peels that are much stronger, penetrating the dermal layer, and they can only be administered by a dermatologist. My favorite of these peels has to be the TCA, the results last and you see them right away, my skin is always glowing after this one and the duration of this peel is only 45 SECONDS while the others are 10min! You can book your next chemical peel with us :)

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