As we get older, our bodies become less effective at sloughing off the surface layers of dead skin cells. Our skin can be left looking tired, blotchy, and uneven. Other problems such as sun damage, acne, fine lines, and wrinkles can also contribute to the look of aging skin. One of the best ways to reverse the signs of skin damage without undergoing surgery is through the use of chemical peels.
Chemical peels are used to remove the surface layer of dead skin revealing healthier, younger-looking skin below. Great at treating fine lines and wrinkles, they can also help with uneven skin tone, acne, melasma (dark patches on the skin caused by pregnancy or birth control) and hyperpigmentation as well. With this procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, activating the exfoliating process. The skin then peels, revealing the healthy, radiant-looking skin below. This non-invasive cosmetic procedure usually does not take very long to apply to the face. It is not only one of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market today, it is also one of the least expensive.
There are three different types of chemical peels:
1. Superficial peels: Use the most mild form of alpha-hydroxy acids to treat the outermost surface of the skin. Mild peels are great for treating acne, fine lines, and skin pigmentation issues. You can expect minimum down time and less flaking and redness with a mild chemical peel. Because these treatments are superficial, a series of treatments are usually recommended.
2. Medium peels: Using a higher percentage of active ingredients, medium peels treat the surface layer of the skin as well as the surface under it. Medium chemical peels are wonderful at treating damaged skin beneath the surface. Your skin will be red and swollen after treatment with these deeper peels, but the effects will be more pronounced. These peels can treat moderate wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scarring, and pigmentation issues.
3. Deep peels: Through the use phenol or trichloroacetic acid, deep peels can penetrate down below the surface of the skin. In some cases mild anesthesia is used with this type of treatment. Useful for treating more severe wrinkles, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation, deep peels will leave you with dramatically improved skin quality. Though there is more downtime required with this type of treatment, the benefits are long lasting.
If you would like more information about which chemical peel is right for you, the professionals at Silk MedSpa in Mississauga, Toronto, and Thornhill would be more than happy to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!