When it comes to wrinkle reducing treatments, a chemical peel is often high on the list. But how exactly does this cosmetic procedure work -- and how can help combat the holiday stress that might be showing on your skin these days? Read on to find out.
A chemical peel facial treatment is a safe, non-invasive cosmetic treatment that offers noticeable results. Not only does it remove the top layer of skin, including sloughing off dead skin cells that cause dullness, but the treatment also stimulates collagen production. Collagen is the primary contributor to skin’s firmness and elasticity.
The chemical peel facial treatment utilizes a specially formulated chemical solution typically containing trichloroacetic acid, and often glycolic acid or salicylic acid as well. This FDA-approved chemical treatment is safe. Chemical exfoliants can often remove far more impurities than physical exfoliants, which can be abrasive.
Chemical peels are a common cosmetic procedure used for light surface (or shallow) wrinkles. This wrinkle reducing treatment can help minimize deeper lines and creasing as well, but usually requires repetition to do so. A chemical face peel can also help with dark spots like freckles due to sun exposure or pigmentation irregularities from the aging process.
Breakouts due to acne, a common skin condition often caused by stress, can also be alleviated and even prevented with regular chemical face peels, depending on the type of acne. Due to the exfoliation component of chemical peels, trapped dirt and oils are removed along with the dead skin that can clog pores as they accumulate. Many people with acne opt to get regular chemical peels. Over time, scarring from acne is often lessened as well.
Depending on your particular skin care concern, your chemical peel facial treatment will be specifically tailored with both the ingredients and strength level to treat it. Glycolic acid peels and SkinMedica Illuminize peels are lighter types of chemical peels which help brighten the skin and give it a smoother, more youthful appearance. This is a great option for those with more sensitive skin or minor concerns like age spots.
Salicylic acid peels are specifically formulated for acne-prone skin and can penetrate layers of oil, acting as an anti-inflammatory agent in the process. The SkinMedica Vitalize peel and Rejuvenize peel treat more moderate to severe skin conditions, such as deeper wrinkles or significant sun damage. Their ingredients include higher concentrations of salicylic acid and lactic acid, as well as retinol.
It’s important that you stop taking any retinol products or prescription retinoids five days before your appointment. Refrain from exfoliating as well. Depending on the chemical peel you receive, you may be given a topical agent to prepare your skin so the treatment is more effective.
The skin will be cleansed and then the chemical solution applied and left to dry. After a while, it will be neutralized and removed, followed by a cool compress to soothe skin. You might experience some redness, similar to a sunburn, after treatment, as well as some mild flaking usually for up to a week.
The treatment takes between 30-60 minutes and you should avoid applying makeup at least for the rest of the day afterward. Depending on your skin concern, you can repeat the chemical peel facial treatment as often as every 6-8 weeks, particularly in times of high stress.
If you’re in the greater New York City area and interested in a chemical peel, contact Vanguard Dermatology today. Our board-certified technicians perform in-house chemical peel facial treatments and can help you get rid of those signs of stress, including wrinkles, acne, and dullness.