We have many different types of medical grade chemical peels and they can be customized to suit your individual needs. Chemical peels can produce powerful results with minimal discomfort and downtime. They are great for treating acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.
Some of us spent our youth faithfully applying sunscreen every day, never going to sleep without removing our makeup, and avoiding any sort of activities that might produce scars. But for those of us who spent our youth in the real world, our skin may show signs of sun damage as early as our thirties. Correcting any damaging processes can help make your skin look slightly better, but if you have acne scars or sun damage, you may need to go a little deeper than a department store product can take you. Chemical peels go beyond the top layers of your skin to erase long-established signs of damage.
Your doctor will help you determine the strength of the peel that is best for your needs. The mildest form of peel uses glycolic acid. This has the advantage of a quick recovery time, but the effects may be too subtle if you have moderate scarring or sun damage. Stronger peels include trichloroacetic peels and phenol peels. Phenol peels require the longest recovery time and are generally reserved for the most severe damage. If you’re hoping to look better for a wedding or vacation in a few weeks, a glycolic peel is your best bet. If you want to undo years of sun damage in a few months, phenol peels might be for you.
Your doctor will ask about your medical history, including any medications you are currently taking. Please include any herbal supplements or vitamins when discussing current medications. You may be prescribed medications to help prevent infection. If you are having a stronger peel, you may also have pain medication during or after your peel. You may need someone to drive you home after a chemical peel, especially if you have had pain medication.
Your skin will be thoroughly cleaned before the peel chemical is applied. This process will go faster if you wear no makeup to your appointment. You may feel a burning sensation for several minutes. For the milder peels, the chemical may be washed off with water. For stronger peels, your skin may be covered with bandages to shield the more delicate layers of skin that were exposed. Over the next few days, your skin will do the remainder of the work.
Depending on the strength of the peel, you may look as if you have a severe sunburn anywhere from three days to two weeks. Stronger peels may also produce blistering. You will have after-care instructions that include advice about sun exposure, cautions against picking at scabbed skin, and instructions on using any prescribed lotions or creams. After your skin heals, use sunscreen regularly, and if you normally wear makeup, ask your doctor when you can resume wearing it.
Chemical peels can serve as a sort of time machine for your skin, reversing sun damage, erasing wrinkles and scars. They reveal smoother, softer, and more evenly toned skin. They aren’t ideal for every possible sort of damage, but peels are a low-risk way to turn back the clock.