Exploring Your Options for Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are not a new method of renewing the skin. This type of exfoliation has been performed for medical and cosmetic purposes for several years, and with great success. The development of innovative laser and light treatments and injectables has been incredible but has somewhat stolen the limelight from beneficial treatments like the customized peel. Here, we want to remind you what peels can do, and provide details to help you determine your best peel.
The Light Peel
The mildest chemical peels can be performed during a lunch hour because they do not require any time off. This peel exfoliates the uppermost layer of the skin with low concentrations of ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid. Because the light peel reaches only the epidermis, this treatment may be performed every 4 to 8 weeks. It is ideal for the treatment of:
- Mild sun damage.
- Subtle texture roughness and dryness.
- Acne and minor blemishes.
- Dullness due to old skin cells.
- Light lines and wrinkles.
The Medium Peel
A medium peel penetrates the skin more deeply with a stronger acidic ingredient such as trichloroacetic acid, or TCA. Other ingredients may also be used in medium grade peels. Due to the heightened intensity of acidity, slight tingling or stinging may occur as the skin absorbs active ingredients. Side effects are also more noticeable and may include lingering redness and flaking or peeling that occurs for up to 10 days. Medium peels can address:
- More prominent blemishes.
- Hyperpigmentation and sun spots.
- Rough texture and dullness.
- Deeper lines and wrinkles.
The Deep Peel
Deeper chemical peels are performed with some anesthetic. Some peels involve anesthesia to maintain comfort as active ingredients permeate deep layers of skin tissue. Deeper peels are known for their dramatic results – for taking years off the face. They are also known for causing swelling and redness in addition to oozing, crusting, and flaking. A deep peel means business as it attacks skin concerns such as:
- Freckles and blotchy skin.
- Sun spots and hormone-related hyperpigmentation.
- Pre-cancerous growths.
- Lines and wrinkles.
The winter months are ideal for skin rejuvenation using chemical peels and other modalities. Explore your treatment options in our West Orange, NJ office. Call (973) 243-2300.