What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are procedures where different acidic solutions are applied to the skin in an attempt to promote exfoliation of older sun damaged cells and minor pigmentation changes in the skin. This process improves the superficial tone and texture of your skin while stimulating the production of collagen and newer, healthier skin.
Are all peels the same?
No. The strength of chemical peels can vary from very mild exfoliating peels to deeper peels used for acne scarring or severe sun damage and wrinkles. After evaluating your skin and determining your desired results, we will choose a type of peel which will be appropriate.
Types of peels we offer:
- Beta Lift peel (20-30% salicylic acid) – mild peel for acne and melasma
- Retinoic Acid (Retin A) peel – medium peel used for acne, melasma and photoaging
- TCA (trichloracetic acid) peel: (15-25%, 35%) – A deeper peel for severe sun damage, precancerous lesions and acne scarring.
Which conditions are appropriate for peels?
- Melasma – brown spots on face from sun, pregnancy or birth control pills
- Acne – with or without scarring Sun damaged skin/photoaging/wrinkles.
- Photoaging (sun damage) with wrinkles
Are there any side effects?
Prior to any chemical peel, you will be evaluated to determine which strength or type of chemical peel is appropriate for your skin type. This consultation greatly reduces the potential for side effects and over or under-treating your condition. You will experience peeling of the skin for several days following the peel and will need to avoid the sun and use sunscreen after the peel.
What is the “down time” for a peel?
Milder peels (Beta Lift/Retin A) peels will cause peeling for 2-3 days, while deeper peels (TCA) can peel for up to 1 week. Milder peels can be repeated every 2-4 weeks, while stronger peels should be repeated at a 4-6 week interval. The number of peels required will depend upon the severity of your skin condition. Peel packages are available if additional peels are necessary.