Chemical peels--you've heard about it, but what exactly is it and what can it do for your skin?
A chemical peel uses an acid or a combination of acids and chemicals to improve the appearance of the skin on your face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels give your skin a refreshed, dewy look and can improve your acne, scars, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation such as sun spots and melasma. Chemical peels are used to improve the following skin conditions:
Different types of acids are used to peel the skin. Sometimes they are used individually, or sometimes they are blended with different chemicals to achieve the desired effect.
Our office uses a variety of different peels to help you achieve your desired skin result. We use chemical peels from Glytone Professional by Enerpeel, which can only be found in doctor's offices. It has a patented penetration enhancer to deliver the chemicals into the deeper layers of your skin instead of just the top. It also has chemicals to reduce inflammation. This gives better results with less surface trauma. We also use PCA Skin, which contains custom proprietary formulations for those with sensitive skin.
So which peel is the right one for you? The best way to find out is to make an appointment with our medical esthetician to determine your skin issues and trouble shoot it. But as a general guideline, the following peels are used:
If you have acne-prone skin, our Glytone Professional by Enerpeel SA Peel is a perfect combination of 30% Salicylic Acid, Triethyl Citrate, Oligopeptide-10, and Ethyl Linoleate. These chemicals work together to help the peel penetrate deep into the pore, exfoliate it, and kill acne-causing bacteria. This peel has been clinically shown to kill the acne bacteria when it is done in a series of 4 peels 2 weeks apart. If you are allergic to antibiotics, or don't want to take antibiotics, this a great solution for you.
Anti Aging, Hormonal Acne, Scars, Oily Skin
If you want to defy visible signs of aging for a younger complexion, then the Pyruvic Acid or Jessner's peel is perfect for you. It is used for premature signs of aging and for superficial hyperpigmented skin. It reduces the appearance of moderate hyperpigmented skin and improves skin tone and skin radiance (brightening effect). It also helps if you have extremely oily skin.
Before and after a pyruvic acid peel.
Hyperpigmentation and Melasma
If you have brown spots, melasma and hyperpigmention, then a Jessner's Peel would help you improve your skin. This peel also improves skin tone , skin radiance to brighten your skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For patients with melasma, it is important that you are on a bleaching medication as well as the peels to fade out your spots.
Before and after a Jessner's Peel
Rosacea and Redness
For patients with Rosacea and Redness, we have the Sensi Peel or Mandelic Acid which will decrease the redness and inflammation.
If you have hormonal acne, acne scars, wrinkles, or oily skin, then the pyruvic acid peel, also from Glytone, will really improve your skin. This peel is a little bit stronger, and works great for premature signs of aging and acne-prone skin. It decreases the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. It also reduces the appearance of acne blemishes and pore size to improve the appearance of skin tone, texture, and smoothness.
Which Peel is the best for you?
We have a combination of chemical peels for all skin types, from sensitive to acne to anti aging and hyperpigmentation. Call our esthetician to schedule a chemical peel that is perfect for your skin!