For those who have not undergone skin rejuvenation treatments in winter, you still have Spring to play catch-up. One of the most basic treatments recommended is the Chemical Peel. Today's peels are more gentle and result to less downtime. Peels are made up of weak acids and can contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid, and other active ingredients that aid in exfoliation by weakening the "glue-like" connection between the skin's outer cells so the older, keratinous cells break free.
Chemical peels lighten and smooth the skin but be patient since these need to be repeated 3-4 times for optimum results. In fact, regular peels spaced 6 weeks apart is a highly recommended practice because it hastens cellular turnover with underlying younger skin rising to the surface. With the tougher, corneal layers sloughed off, the skin reflects light better and appears more flawless. Chemical peels, like lasers, and microneedling induce collagen growth. Patients are pleasantly surprised that fine lines disappear, acne is better controlled, and scars are diminished. Chemical peels are usually combined with dermaplaning so that the surface cells and fine hair are removed. Consequently, the peels are absorbed better.
At Juvly we use SkinMedica Illuminize, Vitalize, Obagi Blue Radiance Peels. and Rejuvenize Peels that differ in strength. The type of peel used depends on the skin's condition (whether it is oily, dry or sensitive) and the imperfections to be treated. In about two weeks, results are appreciable with most patients reporting improved and more uniform tone, texture, and color. Some conditions like vascular lesions and hyperpigmentation do not resolve easily but peels have been very effective for signs of sun damage.
The glycolic acid component in peels target hyperpigmentation, tone, texture, and signs of aging. Salicylic acid is used for those with oily, acne-prone skin. Lactic acid, derived from milk targets discoloration and decreases pore size. TCA and Retinol ingredients are stronger and may not be for those with sensitive skin. These are effective for hyperpigmentation, disoloration and superficial scarring. These ingredients are present in Skin Medica peels and Obagi in different concentrations and combinations. Maintaining the results is very important. Newly peeled skin should be protected from sun exposure, no matter how short and should be treated with TLC with products from the trusted names in skincare: Obagi, Skin Better Science and Skin Medica
And, does it work? You be the judge!
(Photo from Allergan)
Book your Free Juvly Assessment for CHEMICAL PEELS here - simply select your preferred location and appointment and choose "Free Juvly Assessment." You can also book your chemical peel using the same link