More Info on Chemical Peels
Chemical peels might get a bad rap based on their ominous-sounding name, but people who know how to take care of their skin realize the benefits of the chemical peel treatment. Not only will chemical peels get rid of dead skin cells and toxins embedded in your skin, they will also make your everyday skincare products work more effectively, because topical treatments are absorbed more efficiently. Chemical peels can help in your continuous fight against acne.
Chemical Peels Are Available to Treat at Multiple Depths
Pinehurst Medical Clinic, Dermatology offers chemical peels that cover these three basic types:
- Superficial Chemical Peels (AHA) — Also referred to as the “lunchtime peel”. Usually, an alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild form of acid will be used to penetrate the skin’s outer layer. This treatment will generally help treat rough skin and mild skin discoloration. You can also use this treatment to refresh your face, neck, hands, and chest.
- Medium Chemical Peels (TCA) — This type of chemical peel utilizes glycolic or trichloroacetic acid which will penetrate the middle layers of the skin to remove toxins, debris, and damaged cells. You can use this type of chemical peel to treat and improve the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, freckles, as well as moderate skin discoloration. Medium chemical peels can also treat rough skin and take care of some forms of precancerous growths (actinic keratosis).
- Deep Chemical Peels — Also called phenol peels, these are the deepest type of chemical peel. This treatment will address more serious skin imperfections like blotchiness, deeper wrinkles, and prominent acne scars. Deep chemical peels yield far more dramatic results that AHA or TCA chemical peels. Careful consideration should be given before undergoing a deep chemical peel and the procedure can only be performed once whereas less powerful chemical peels can be done multiple times.
Chemical Peel Candidacy
Not all patients are acceptable candidates for more advanced chemical peels. Some patients might benefit more from an AHA or TCA chemical peel, or even microdermabrasion. Also, if you’re nursing or pregnant, have psoriasis or rosacea, dermatitis, or have taken Accutane in the last six months, you should not undergo a chemical peel.
But if you have acne or acne scars, crow’s feet, melasma, photodamaged skin, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation and do not check off any of the parameters above, a Pinehurst Medical Clinic, Dermatology chemical peel might be the answer for you.
Are Chemical Peels Painful?
Chemical peels will certainly leave a stinging sensation but do not generally cause a great deal of pain. Stinging, redness, irritation, and some amounts of crusting can occur, but all of these side effects will lessen over time and can be subdued a great deal with the use of creams and gels.
If you’d like to learn more about our chemical peel treatments, contact Pinehurst Medical Clinic, Dermatology today. We’ll schedule your initial consultation and devise a powerful and effective skincare regimen just for you.