What You Need to Know Before Your First Chemical Peel
For people who are getting their first chemical peel, it can sound like a scary process. It can sound like you are submitting your skin to being pulled from your face and hoping the skin underneath will give you that youthful look you crave. Not to worry, we will help you get through your first chemical peel and soon you will be a pro!
Chemical peels are treatments with acid solutions that are used to remove our damaged outer layers of skin. Light and medium peels will only penetrate a few layers of our skin and are completely safe. Usually men and women choose to have a chemical peel administered to their face, but there are body peels that can be used on legs, arms, the back and the chest. No matter where you problem is, you will be able to find a peel to fix it!
There are four different kinds of chemical peels – each with unique characteristics, qualities and results. Each chemical peel has a specific group of people it will benefit, and it is important for first time chemical peel candidates to understand which peel is best for your skin type and skin problems.
Light Chemical Peel
The light peel family includes glycolic acid and other Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). People with fair skin and light hair will see the best results from these chemical peels. If you have mild skin imperfections or conditions and want to enhance your appearance, but do not have a long time for recovery light chemical peels are perfect for you! These peels can fix problems such as sun damage, mild scars, fine lines and clogged pores.
Medium Chemical Peels
These are best known as “middle of the road” peels. They are stronger than light chemical peels, but have a shorter recovery time than deep peels. The most common medium chemical peel is a TCA peel. It can remove superficial problems, wrinkles, blemishes, scars, uneven pigmentation and even dark circles under the eyes.
Deep Chemical Peels
If you are getting your first chemical peel, you probably will not choose a deep chemical peel. These are not for spot treatments or for people with freckles – unless they want those freckles removed. Deep chemical peels are not approved for people with certain heart conditions or with dark skin. Consider the long-term risks of a deep peel carefully before having one done. These are not at-home procedures and must be completed in a doctor’s office.
Acne Chemical Peels
Acne peels will be able to remove superficial acne scars and are close to a light or medium peel. These peels are not recommended for people with severe acne or with a current breakout.
Chemical peels are safe and will effectively remove many facial problems. Once you decide which chemical peel is right for you, it is time to sit back and just wait for the peel to work. You will be surprised – and pleased – with the beautiful new skin you see appear!