Chemical peels are a great way to rejuvenate the skin.
Superficial peels exfoliate the skin, provide a deep cleaning and brighten the skin tone. There is typically no downtime. Insurance often covers chemical peels for acne.
Intermediate peels have the power to
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Build up collagen and thicken the dermis
- Even out skin tone
- Reduce scars
- Smooth skin texture
- Treat acne
- Remove sun-damaged skin
Peels are commonly done as a progressive series of 3, where the first is superficial, and the following peels are crafted in response to the previous peel and based on your skin’s needs.
Commonly used acids include Modified Jessner’s Solution, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), glycolic acid and salicylic acid. The exact acids chosen depend on your skin’s needs.
It is important to wear sunscreen (SPF 40+) for two weeks following your peel and to moisturize at least twice daily.
Peeling typically begins 2 days after the peel, and lasts for 2-3 days. Thursday is often the ideal day for a peel so that the majority of peeling occurs over the weekend.
Tell your doctor about any topical skincare products that you use, including retinoic acids.