Chemical Peels for Acne Scars and Wrinkles
The reasons people seek a chemical peel (sometimes called a chem peel or a derma peel) is to gain a fresh, clean, tighter and younger appearance for their face. Chemical peels can be effective in reducing or eliminating wrinkles, acne scars, uneven skin tone, superficial scars and age spots or other blemishes.
General Skin Improvements from a Chemical Peel:
One of the advantages of the chemical peel over beauty products is that it can be done in one sitting or in a few sessions instead of waiting for results after weeks or months product applications.
Also the procedures aren’t as drastic, invasive and permanent as some plastic surgery techniques. Chemical peels are much more than subtle adjustments to skin moisture levels or promises to strengthen collagen like some over the counter creams offer.
A peel does what it sounds like; it actually removes layers of skin to expose the underlying cells and causes new cells to grow. Because the re-grown skin is new it has a fresh, bright, tight appearance and fewer blemishes or wrinkles.
Chemical Peels for Dark Skin and Light Skin
Peels work best on fair skinned people because there is less chance of a visible difference in skin tone after the procedure. People with dark skin can benefit from mild chemical peels as long as they’re done carefully to ensure that the product is applied evenly resulting in an even skin tone across all areas of the face.
Deep chemical peels leave the skin unable to tan normally and even in lighter skin care must be taken to blend the treated skin with the old skin at the forehead and neckline. Deep peels are not recommended for darker skinned people due to difficulty in matching skin tones from treated and untreated areas.
What Does a Chemical Peel Do?
Chemical peels can address a variety of facial skin issues such as reducing the appearance of large unsightly pores prone to acne and blackheads as well as reducing surface scars such as old acne or chicken pox scars, age spots or other blemishes. Stronger chemical peels are used to tighten sagging skin and wrinkles such as frown lines at the mouth and crows feet around the eyes and even out uneven skin tone. Peels can also help reduce the chances of developing skin cancer by removing SkinCell PRO precancerous lesions.
Problems Addressed by Chemical Peels:
- Superficial Scars
- Brown Spots/Uneven Tone
The Three Types of Chemical Peels
There are three general categories of chemical facial peels, The depth of the peel determines the level of results seen in the skin and the length of the healing process.
The lightest is the superficial peel which uses a mild acid to work on outer skin layers. A medium peel uses a stronger acid for deeper penetration. A deep peel removes several layers of skin to treat significant skin problems and requires the longest healing time.
The severity of the problems and the desired results will determine the depth and type of chem peel needed to address the issues. Lighter blemishes, clogged pores and acne issues often respond well to a light glycolic peel.
To take off enough skin to reduce wrinkles a medium TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel is often required. Skin with significant wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pigmentation or other deep surface issues may require a deep peel like a phenol peel.
About the Glycolic Acid or Alpha Hydroxy Peel
A glycolic peel works on the most superficial level of the skin. This is a simple procedure that can be done in about 30 minutes in a visit to a doctor’s office or health spa. It’s also called alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA peel.
The glycolic peel uses glycolic acid to initially remove only the top layers of dead skin. It’s unlikely significant results will be seen after one glycolic peel which is why many people have the procedure done once every four to six weeks. By having them regularly the results build up and can become more noticeable because once the dead skin cells are removed the peels begin removing and refreshing deeper layers of skin.