One of the most effective and important parts of a healthy skin care regimen is exfoliation, both manual and chemical. It’s important to understand, that the skin’s outermost layer is mostly composed of old, dead, dull skin cells. These dead skin cells will cause the skin to appear far less healthy, and vibrant – often leading to other issues such as clogged pores, excessive oil production, bacteria buildup, acne, and much more! By exfoliating the skin, we are able to remove this outer layer of dead, unwanted skin, and reveal the inner, more lively, vibrant skin And one of the most effective methods of exfoliation is the chemical peel!
What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is a form of chemical exfoliation, that can be applied to the skin’s surface, in order to remove the outermost layers of dull, dead skin. Over time, following the procedure, the skin will typically grow back far smoother, softer, and more supple – with fewer blemishes and unwanted issues.
Chemical peels use a number of different ingredients and compounds, and the main ingredient is generally some type of acid. They are often divided into categories based on the strength or concentration of the acid, such as light or medium chemical peels, which use a lower concentration acid, and deep chemical peels which use a much higher concentration of acid.
What Do Chemical Peels Treat?
Chemical peels are one of the most effective noninvasive skincare methods around today! They are highly versatile and depending on what compounds they include, can treat a wide variety of different skincare issues. Some of the most common issues remedied by chemical peels include things like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation or discolorations, cosmetic scarring, blemishes, and much more!
Generally, the different intensity or concentration of the acid, and the ingredients that the chemical peel includes, will dictate what exactly it might treat, and how effective it will be at that treatment. In addition, they also will penetrate the skin at different depths, based on the concentration of the acid involved. Light or medium chemical peels are much more superficial and don’t penetrate as deep beneath the skin’s surface, whereas high intensity or a deep chemical peel, using a much higher concentration acid, will penetrate much deeper into the skin, and alleviate far more severe skincare issues – however, it’s important to understand that they also take longer to recover from.
Light, Medium & Deep Chemical Peels
At Dr. V’s medical spa, they offer a wide variety of chemical peels, all designed to treat different issues and alleviate different skincare concerns. As we mentioned above, these peels are divided into light, medium and deep based on acid concentration.
Light Chemical Peels: A light chemical peel is very superficial, and is performed to remove the outermost layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. generally, these peels are used to treat active acne issues, moderate wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and dry skin issues. They can also be performed far more often and will take less time to heal from.
Medium Chemical Peels: A medium peel is less superficial than a light peel, and removed skin cells from the epidermis, as well as the upper portion of the dermis – the middle layer, or inner action layer of the skin. Because of this deeper penetration, these chemical peels are able to treat a lot more issues than a light peel and are known for treating far more severe issues.
Deep Chemical Peel: A deep chemical peel uses a far higher concentration of acid, and penetrates deeper into the skin’s surface, into the dermis. Because of this deep chemical peels are used to treat a lot more severe issues, including deep wrinkles, severe facial scarring, and even precancerous growths and other issues. These procedures can be repeated far less often, as they take time to recover from.
For more information on chemical peels and more, be sure to contact Dr. V today.