Peel SZN: What You Need to Know!
For most people when they hear "chemical peel the imaging their entire face peeling off but that is not always the case. 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. With lower level peels we will usually do multiple layers in one sitting worth stronger peels we tend to see frosting, or the chemical reaction, a lot quicker.
If after your peel, 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. Now, lets get into the different kind of peels we offer. First, we have Glycolic Acid, glycolic is considered an Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA, it 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 such as cleansers, serums and moisturizers.
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. Lactic acid doesn't penetrate the different levels of skin so it is ideal for those with sensitive skin and those that are pregnant or nursing.
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- high 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.
When getting peels it is important to follow all after care instructions the most important part of the after care is to keep the skin hydrated and protected against the sun.
My favorite of these peels has to be the TCA, the results last and you see them almost right away, my skin is always glowing after this one. You can book your next chemical peel with us today!