New Year, New Skin. Why You Should Try a Chemical Peel

Woman having chemical peel treatment New Year, New Skin. Why You Should Try a Chemical Peel

It’s a brand new year -- why not start it off with fresher, younger, and more vibrant skin? Here’s how a chemical peel facial treatment can help your skin glow, as well as removing age spots and minimizing wrinkles or acne scars.

What to Know About Chemical Peels

What Can I Expect During a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a very popular cosmetic treatment option in dermatology offices, salons, and spas. Chemical peels are safe and non-invasive as well as effective. Often called the “lunchtime facial,” they’re a quick, easy, and even relaxing way to brighten skin, even out skin tone, and reduce common skin complaints.

Chemical peels work by removing the top layer of skin with a chemical solution. After a technician cleanses the skin, this solution is applied and remains on the face for a certain period of time -- typically between 15 and 20 minutes. The chemical peel acts as an exfoliant, sloughing off the dead skin cells responsible for a dull skin tone. Regular chemical peels also stimulate collagen production and can boost skin’s firmness and elasticity over time. It is recommended to get a chemical peel facial treatment about every 6-8 weeks.

How Can a Chemical Peel Help My Skin?

There are different types of chemical peels that can be used, depending on the purpose of the treatment. Light depth peels (like Glycolic acid peels and SkinMedica Illuminize peels) are often used to treat mild skin imperfections. While they won’t completely remove freckles and dark spots, these types of chemical peels can certainly help to minimize minor discolorations like age spots or sun spots.

If you’re looking for wrinkle reducing treatments, a stronger depth chemical peel (like SkinMedica Vitalize Peel and Rejuvenize Peel) can help. These peels use salicylic acid, lactic acid, and retinol to remove the topmost layer of skin. The skin sheds over the course of 5-7 days after treatment, revealing smoother and more youthful-looking skin beneath it.

While chemical peels can’t completely eradicate acne, they can help reduce acne scars as well as prevent breakouts. Most acne patients who have received a consultation with a dermatologist know how important cleansing and exfoliation is for prevention. Physical exfoliants are effective, but a chemical peel facial treatment is more thorough and often less abrasive. Those who receive regular chemical peels may also notice that over time, the removal of the top layer of skin can reduce acne scars.

Are Chemical Peels Safe?

Chemical peels are an FDA-approved, safe and effective cosmetic treatment often performed in dermatology offices. The specially formulated chemical solution usually contains trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid. Due to potential chemical interactions, it’s important that you stop taking any retinol products or prescription retinoids at least five days prior to the chemical peel facial treatment. You should also refrain from exfoliating during this time.

Lighter chemical peels may cause some mild redness or flaking, similar to a sunburn, which usually disappears within a few days. Higher depth chemical peels may cause more moderate to severe redness, crusting, or swelling that can last for up to two weeks. It’s important to talk to your dermatologist about what depth of chemical peel is appropriate for you, as well as discuss any contraindications.

Contact Vanguard Dermatology

Our board-certified technicians perform chemical peels for patients throughout the greater New York City area. Contact Vanguard Dermatology today to find out more and get your new year kicked off with some self care!

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