Understanding the Different Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are one of the most popular aesthetic treatments among our Clinton Township and Sterling Heights patients. This is because they are an affordable alternative to laser skin treatments, while still being highly effective at rejuvenating and resurfacing facial.
Chemical peels are also customizable to the needs of each individual patient’s skin. Peels can be formulated to help eliminate acne, to reduce the appearance of scarring, fine lines, wrinkles or pigmentation, and can also be used to reduce pore size and enhance facial glow and youthfulness.
How Chemical Peels Improve Skin Texture & Tone
Chemical peels improve skin quality, texture, and appearance three ways. First, they exfoliate the skin, removing the top layer of dead, dull skin cells to reveal the fresh, younger skin beneath. This process also removes old, dirt and debris that clog pores and cause pimples to erupt.
Secondly, deeper chemical peels activate the body’s own natural skin rejuvenation process by inducing a controlled “skin injury” with the application of caustic substances. This stimulates the normal wound-healing processes, causing the body to increase production of new collagen and elastin fibers.
Finally, every peel nourishes the skin with a specially chosen formula of clinical grade nutrients that is chosen for the patient’s unique individual skin concerns.
Understanding Chemical Peel Depth
At Advanced Laser & Skincare Spa in the Sterling Heights area we offer chemical peel depths that can be customized for each patient. Peels can be light (superficial), medium or deep, depending upon the chemical agent(s) used and the application technique. The deeper the facial peel, the more profound the improvement to the skin, but the longer the downtime. Our skilled aestheticians will help you select the peel depth that is right for you.
Light or Superficial Chemical Peels
Light or “superficial” chemical affect only the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). So, they are very comfortable and there is virtually no downtime after your facial peel. Light peels include glycolic acid, Jessner Peels, and 10% to 25% TCA peels.
Light chemical peels can brighten skin and even out skin color texture. They are ideal indicated for: acne, and superficial melasma, freckles, and sun spots.
Medium to Deep Chemical Peels
Medium to deep chemical peels remove the top layer of skin down to the level of the papillary dermis. A combination Peel using Jessner solution and 30-35% trichloroacetic acid, is an example of a medium peel. There will typically be a few days of redness and peeling after a medium to deep peel – depending on the strength. So some patients prefer to stay home from work for at least a coupled days.
Peel strength will be determined by your degree of sun damage, wrinkles, roughness, scarring or pigmentation. These chemical peels can help reverse the signs of prolonged sun exposure, as well as dermal (deep layer) melasma, actinic keratosis, and acne scars.
Different Peels for Different Conditions
Glycolic Acid Peels
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) available in clinical-strengths ranging from 20-70%. It can treat for mild sun damage, “refresh” the skin, even out skin tone, unclog & reduce pores & improve acne. Glycolic acid must be neutralized after a few minutes, making it important that it only be applied by an experienced aesthetician to avoid side effects or skin damage from the acid.
Trichloroacetic Acid Peels
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is a much stronger peeling agent than glycolic acid or salicylic acid. TCA peels are can be light / superficial peels (10% – 30%) or medium depth (35-50%). They are excellent for treating for sun damage and can improve lines and wrinkles. Deep TCA peels can take up to a week or so to heal, so always plan accordingly!
Chemical Peels | Sterling Heights Area
At Advanced Laser Skincare & Spa in the Sterling Heights area our wide array of chemical peels include: the Beta Lift Peel, Glycolic Acid Peel, Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels and the popular Jessner’s Peel. This versatile array of facial peels can treat fine and coarse wrinkles, acne and acne scarring, freckles, unwanted pigment, and more.
The skilled aesthetician at Advanced Laser Skincare & Spa in the Sterling Heights area will consult with you to customize the type of chemical peel that is just right for you!
Chemical Peels – Sterling Heights Area: 586.286.4508