What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are solutions that remove the outer layers of damaged skin to reveal the younger, healthier layers below. Typically, you receive a chemical peel on your face to improve your skin’s tone, texture, and to minimize wrinkles and acne scars. Chemical peels also help diminish the appearance of:
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Mild skin laxity
- Areas of dark pigmentation (melasma)
You can also address these types of skin care concerns on your hands and neck, too. Depending on your specific skin care needs, the team at My Retreat Med Spa creates a chemical peel treatment plan that revitalizes your skin and addresses your concerns.
How do chemical peels work?
Chemical peels typically use acid solutions to exfoliate your skin so the outer, damaged layers peel off as if you had a sunburn. The solutions are safe for your skin, although some types of chemical peels require more downtime than others, depending on the depth of the peel and the type of chemicals your medical aesthetic expert uses.
There are three basic types of chemical peels, including:
- Superficial peels: use a mild alpha-hydroxy acid to remove the outermost layer of skin
- Medium peels: use glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to remove outer and middle layers of skin
- Deep peels: use trichloroacetic or phenol acid to deeply penetrate your skin and remove several layers of skin
Deep peels are usually reserved for serious skin problems and may even warrant a need for a local anesthetic and a sedative. They’re so potent, you can only receive one deep peel. At My Retreat Med Spa, your highly skilled medical aesthetic provider recommends a superficial peel or medium peel based on issues you’d like to improve.
What is recovery like after a chemical peel?
Your recovery after a chemical peel depends on the type of peel you have. After a light peel, you may have little to no downtime, but a medium peel may take a couple of weeks to fully heal. You can expect your skin to be slightly red, flaky, and sensitive to the sun after a chemical peel.
You’ll need to wear sunscreen and moisturizers for several days. The team at My Retreat Med Spa advises you on any special aftercare routine to make the most of your chemical peel, so you can achieve optimal results.
For a more even skin tone, less visible wrinkles, and a radiant glow, a chemical peel may be the perfect solution. Schedule a consultation by calling the office or using the online booking system.