The natural life cycle of skin has its own pace and often, that’s not optimal for refreshing a person’s appearance. Sun exposure, time, and gravity also take a toll on the various layers of skin tissue, and without intervention, these effects accumulate.
Chemical peels use Solution applied to the skin, most commonly on the face to help the exfoliation process by removing older and dead skin and triggering the renewal process. These Solution come in various strengths and with different treatment targets.
After the peel, skin is typically smoother, with fewer lines and wrinkles and, in some cases, with more even color. While the activity of a chemical peel is consistent, results often vary between patients, due to differences in skin type and the extent of the damage that the peels address.
Generally, chemical peels fall into three types.
These are the most gentle peels. Sometimes called “lunchtime” facials, there’s little downtime for recovery. Using a mild acid such as an alpha-hydroxy product, superficial peels don’t penetrate the skin very deeply, and therefore produce equally gentle results. Dark discoloration and deep lines may not benefit.
Somewhat more aggressive than superficial peels, the chemicals used for moderate peels are glycolic or trichloroacetic acids, which penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin. Age spots, freckles and other skin discolorations typically lighten or disappear, as do many lines and wrinkles. Moderate peels may also be used to treat actinic keratosis, a precancerous skin growth.
Deep peels use trichloroacetic acid or phenol for deep penetration of the middle skin layer. Moderate wrinkles, darker age spots, skin discoloration, and shallow scars all show improved appearance after a deep peel treatment.
Generally, the stronger the peel, the more it stings, but most people don’t describe the sensation as painful. There is, however, recovery time needed for any chemical peel. Superficial peels require one to seven days, depending on the chemical and the reaction to the peel. Medium peels cause redness and swelling and recovery time is one to two weeks. Deep peels require much more after-care, as well as a two to three-week healing period.
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