Looking for ways to cheat the aging process?
Chemical facial peels are becoming a more popular and more common way to achieve healthier and younger looking skin.
They are a process by which a chemical treatment is typically applied to one’s face or neck, left on for a period of time, and then peeled off, peeling off dry and damaged skin with it.
As with many other beauty regimes, there are different types & uses of chemical facial peels.
Common Uses of a Chemical Facial Peel:
- Getting rid of acne
- Reducing wrinkles, especially around the eyes and on the forehead
- Lightning sun spots, freckles, or scars
- Improving the overall appearance and feel of the skin
Various Types of Chemical Facial Peels:
With a variety of desired outcomes, it only makes sense that there are multiple types of chemical facial peels available.
Different peels will warrant different results and may be more suitable for certain skin types. Types of peels are typically defined by the deepness of the skin layers affected by the peel.
Superficial peels affect only the top layer of skin, the epidermis; they are the mildest chemical peels available.
This type of peel does not require any anesthesia, and only results in a mild burning or stinging feeling, followed by some redness and swelling.
Superficial peels are commonly used for the minor skin imperfections and are safe for all skin types. Most superficial peels contain Glycolic and Salicylic Acid.
Medium peels can reach through the epidermis and into the dermis, having a deeper effect than superficial peels.
Despite this, medium peels are similar to superficial peels in that they are quick to perform and have similar side effects, being redness and swelling, and healing times of around one week.
The main chemical ingredient is medium peels is Trichloroacetic Acid. Medium peels are typically used to address wrinkles, scars, and pigmentation problems.
Deep peels are less common and more aggressive but give more dramatic results.
This is the most invasive type of peel available, affecting the entire dermis layer. Due to the deeper effect, this type of peel has a lengthier process and healing time and is often more painful and uncomfortable than the previous two.
Patients must be sedated throughout the process, which will take around 2 hours to complete and 2 weeks to recover from.
Phenol is the chemical ingredient in deep peels, making it more suitable to those with lighter skin pigmentation. These types of peels are often used for acne scars, deep wrinkles, and severe blotchiness.
Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?
It is important to consult your physician if you are contemplating any type of chemical peel. Not everyone is an expert when it comes to skincare.
While they do have their benefits, they are serious procedures and do have side effects that you may not be willing to endure. It is also important to research the different types & uses of chemical facial peels before committing to any one procedure.
Choose the type of peel that is most suitable for your skin type and that will be most useful to your skin imperfections.