Peels and Potions
January is a great time to get serious about resurfacing your skin. Chemical Peels are one of the most efficient, cost effective ways to keep youthful glowing skin. As we age the top layer of our skin called the stratum corneum builds up and begins to look dull. Fine lines, age spots, and scars can be softend or corrected with regular chemical peel treatments. When your licensed skin care specialist applies a chemical solution to the face, neck, declotee and/or hands, the outer layer of the skin sloughs off over the course of a few days resulting in skin that looks and acts younger.
There are many different kinds of chemical peels from superficial to mid-dermal, here are my top choices:
Hit me baby one more time...
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy chemical peels utilize glycolic and salicylic acids to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dull skin. Downtime is minimal and there is no discomfort accosiated. These acids are mild and may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired result.
Because I’m all about that face, ‘bout that face...
TCA (Trichloracetic acid) is the solution most often used in medium depth chemical peels. Because of it’s effectiveness to soften fine lines, wrinkles, acnes scars and sun damage it is the go-to peel for dramatic results with little to no downtime. TCA is a stronger acid than Alpha and Beta peels so you can expect about 3-4 days of skin sloughing. Also, TCA peels can lead to a stinging sensation after treatment, but can easily be treated with Tylenol and Benedryl. I recommend repeating this peel three to four times a year.
Rolling in the deep...
For the last four years I have been using a combination chemical peel that includes TCA, Phenol, Kojic Acid and other chemical blends. Phenol is one of the strongest ingredients offered in a chemical peel. Phenol has the ability to penetrate deep into the epidermis and peel away years of sun-damage, fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring.
For an added bonus, Kojic acid brightens the skin and fades age spots.
This is considered a deep chemical peel and can be associated with mild discomfort during the treatment which can usually be controlled with a chilled air device.
The outer layer of skin will start sloughing off within 3 days of the peel and continue to peel away for 3-4 days.