Sometimes, skin needs a treatment with a little more “oomph” than your normal routine of cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing. You don’t have to be noticing the signs of aging to treat your skin to renewal procedures that help encourage new, healthy skin cells to form. Chemical peels are a great way to brighten and freshen up your skin once in a while, or even reverse some of the nasty effects of sun damage. There’s more than one kind of chemical peel, however. They are a versatile style of treatment that can be customized according to your needs. So what’s the difference between different types of chemical peels?
The major differences between chemical peels are the chemicals used, and the duration/depth of the treatment. Here are some of the common chemical peels you can choose from according to your skin type, budget, lifestyle, and goals. If you’re not sure which type of chemical peel is right for you, no worries. Your provider will help you make the right decision.
Glycolic Acid Peels
A superficial type of peel, glycolic acid chemical peels are a good choice for people seeking skin refreshment, whether for a big event or just as part of a normal skin routine. These peels require little, if any downtime, with only mild swelling and peeling following treatment. However, the results are not as significant as with deeper peels.
Salicylic Acid Peels
A common ingredient in acne medications and over the counter acne cleansers and moisturizers, salicylic acid peels are a good choice for people with oily skin, especially those fighting active acne. Salicylic acid peels are generally fairly mild, requiring minimal recovery time.
Trichloroacetic Acid Peels
A medium-depth peel, trichloroacetic acid peels can pack a punch against problems like unwanted pigment, sun damage, and wrinkles. Because it is a more in-depth type of peel, recovery takes a bit longer than superficial peels. Many people take it easy for about a week following treatment to allow the skin to peel, heal, and renew. Some pinkness may persist for up to six weeks.
Though different peels have varying levels of intensity, they all refresh the skin and, depending on the formula, can help with problems such as:
- Dull skin
- Mild lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Acne and acne scars
The chemical peel process is simple and easy, and may involve several treatments over weeks or months to get the desired results.
Depending on the type of peel, some downtime may be required before resuming normal activities. All chemical peels involve gradual peeling off of the old skin to make way for the smoother, healthier layer beneath.
Peel routines can be repeated from time to time for continued skin renewal and a radiant glow. Protecting the skin from the sun and other damaging elements helps keep skin fresh and healthy between treatment, and is necessary for avoiding complications such as uneven skin pigment. Proper skincare can go a long way toward resisting the effects of sun damage and time.
Go to an Expert
Don’t take chances with sometimes risky at-home chemical peel facsimiles or providers with dubious training and experience. For your own health, safety, and results, go to a reputable dermatologist or plastic surgeon for any chemical peel you’re considering. Deep peels especially are dangerous in untrained hands, and it is important to choose a trustworthy and knowledgeable professional to perform the treatment.
Ready to jump-start your skincare? Come meet with esteemed cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Diane Walder and her colleague Dr. Chimento, in Miami. Dr. Walder is an authority on skincare, and is often quoted in major publications like Allure and Glamour. Dr. Walder has helped many people protect against and repair from the effects of the Florida sun, aging, and the daily stresses of life on skin. If you’re serious about a lifetime of beautiful skin, call 305-866-217 today to schedule you appointment.