If you’ve been looking for an effective way to rejuvenate and refresh your skin, getting a chemical peel might be the complexion fix you’re looking for. I have attached a list of myths and facts to help in deciding if a chemical peel is right for you. Chemical peels work well for both men and women, at any age and are the ideal treatment for anyone who wants to restore a more youthful, healthy glow to their skin. Everything from sun exposure and aging to acne and clogged pores can leave you with uneven skin tone, fine lines, scarring and a lacklustre complexion. If you want your skin to look smoother, younger and most importantly, vibrant, a chemical peel can make a significant difference.
Depending on what you want to achieve – a clearer complexion, smoother skin, minimized scarring, etc. there’s a perfect peel to suit your needs. Peels formulated with Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and Betahydroxy acids (BHA) are the mildest form of peel (referred to as superficial peels). Superficial peels are great for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin or acne-prone skin, especially before big events. Examples of these peels are Lactic, Glycolic and Mandelic.
A chemical peel isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment. The term is a general classification for a number of chemical treatments used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. But regardless of the type you get, a chemical solution will be applied to the skin, and works by dissolving the upper layers of the skin (though typically during a chemical peel nothing actually “peels” off). As the tissue is dissolved, a wound is created on the skin which stimulates the body’s healing response, causing new (younger-looking) tissue to emerge, With a chemical peel you get some tightening of the skin, reduction of fine lines, improvements in brown spots, and a general resurfacing of the skin. The depth and strength of the peel used varies based on the strength of the chemicals used and the length of time the solution is applied. The formula used will be adjusted based on your needs and skin type.
At-Home Chemical Peels -Glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acid peels are some of the most common, and these are often sold for in-home use. At-home chemical peels do offer convenience and a lower price tag, and some are effective at treating superficial skin concerns. Done right, chemical peels provide exfoliation, skin rejuvenation and general skin tone improvement.
Chemical Peels: Biggest Benefits
- Diminishes fine lines, wrinkles: Creams, serums and lotions can only do so much. Chemical peels offer a fast-track to smoother, line-free skin.
- Confidence booster: There’s no quicker path to confidence than a smooth, glowing complexion.
- Minimal cost: Unlike spending hundreds of dollars on the newest anti-aging products, chemical peels offer concrete results at a reasonable price.
- Fast: Sometimes referred to as the “lunch time peel” chemical peels requires minimal down time, i.e. you can get one, and get back to your life without worrying about recovery.
- Reduced appearance of sun damage and melasma: Sun damage and melasma are two of the hardest skin concerns to treat, but chemical peels stimulate the skin to heal itself by dissolving the surface layers of skin. Through this process you trade damaged skin and dark spots for even tone and a smooth appearance.
- Improves texture: Chemical peels gently exfoliate the skin, increasing cell turnover, which leads to improved texture.
- Enhances collagen growth: Through the exfoliation process brought on by chemical peels, collagen production and cell renewal are stimulated, resulting in younger-looking, healthy skin.
- Vibrant skin: One of the fastest routes to a brighter, glowing complexion is a chemical peel.
- Acne and acne scarring: A mild chemical peel can help reduce the effects of acne on the skin and even minimize blemishes themselves.
With any peel there are potential side effects.
- AHA & Glycolic peels tend to be milder and the risk of side effects are usually just some mild redness and irritation following the treatment. If someone is using Retin-A or Retin-A like medications, including Retinol it will make a peel have a stronger effect.
- TCA Peels will increase sensitivity to sunlight and avoidance of sun exposure is usually advisable for several weeks after the treatment. Wearing a sunscreen with a physical block is highly advisable followingany chemical peel. There is also a risk of hypo and hyperpigmentation with TCA Peels, either a lightening or darkening of the skin.
We know the words chemical peel can seem scary – here is a list of common myths:
Myth #1: All chemical peels are the same
Not all peels are created equal. “Chemical peel” is actually just a general classification for a number of chemical treatments used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Some are stronger than others and they provide varying results depending on the skin-saving effects you’re after.
Myth #2: Getting a chemical peels means lots of downtime
Post-peel recovery time depends on the type and strength of peel you’ve had, but many don’t call for downtime. For example, the common alpha-hydroxy and glycolic acid peels have little or no recovery time.
Myth #3: Chemical peels don’t really do anything
If you think chemical peels are just another skin care promise that doesn’t deliver, think again. After all, Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry and the other bevy of Hollywood stars who reportedly love them can’t be wrong. Chemical peels can be effective for photo-aging, such as age spots and wrinkles, improving acne and modest acne scarring, and they’re also very effective at exfoliating and smoothing the skin, as well as improving skin texture.
Myth #4: Chemical peels are bad for you
The word “chemical” might not sound like something you should ever associate with your skin, but when performed correctly chemical peels are a safe way to improve your skin. Many chemical peels actually use naturally occurring acids found in fruits in the case of alpha hydroxy acid, and other foods like sugar cane in the case of glycolic peels.
Myth #5: Chemical peels hurt – If a peel is unbearable, then of course remove it. Be sure you consult with us BEFORE you have a chemical peel. There are certain circumstances that can cause discomfort.
Myth #6: You should only get one if you have skin problems
While there are chemical peels that specifically target acne, acne scarring or sun spots, the most popular use of chemical peels is for facial skin regeneration (i.e. getting your glow back), and they’re ideal for anyone who wants to improve the look of their skin.
Myth #7: They cause your skin to literally “peel off”
Contrary to what you might think, nothing actually ‘peels off’ during a chemical peel. A chemical solution is applied to the face, and works by dissolving the upper layers of the skin. As the tissue is dissolved, a wound is created on the skin which stimulates the body’s healing response, causing new tissue to emerge, which is smoother and has improved texture.
Myth #8: At-home chemical peels work just as well
There are some effective at-home options available, but the treatment you get in a physician’s office will typically be more concentrated and last longer.
Myth #9: They take a long time
No time? No problem. Generally a chemical peel won’t take more than 20 minutes. The skin is cleansed and a chemical solution is applied. The specific amount of time your treatment takes will depend on the type and strength of peel, but the procedure is not usually a lengthy one.