What’s in Your Chemical Peel?

What's in Your Chemical Peel

Do you shy away from having a chemical peel when you hear the main ingredient is acid? Don’t worry; talk to The Spa on Highland professionals. Chemical peels are facial treatments using chemicals to peel away dead skin cells that are causing your problems. Common-used ingredients in chemical peels include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or trichloroacetic acid. These acids are safe and used to peel layers of skin safely to reveal healthy new skin. Chemical peels are not dangerous and are actually appealing when used by a certified professional.

What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are cosmetic solutions applied to your skin, and as a result, layers of the skin peel off, and more youthful skin is revealed. The new skin is smoother, has wrinkles and fine lines, and has a more even texture.

Chemical peels improve or treat certain skin conditions and are most commonly performed on your face, neck, or hands. Chemical peels can help improve or reduce the following:

• Wrinkles and fine lines under your eyes or around your mouth. Chemical peels remove lines and wrinkles caused by aging, sun damage, and some hereditary factors.
• Specific signs of cancer
• Mild scarring
• Aging issues like dark spots and uneven skin coloring
• Light Freckles
• Actinic keratosis
• Rough, scaly patches on the skin and a dull complexion
• Dark patches or melasma due to birth control pills or pregnancy.

Types of Chemical Peels

Different chemical solutions provide different results. The choice of chemical peels you need depends on your goals. Talk with your aesthetician to determine what chemical peel depth is best for you.

Light Chemical Peel

A superficial or a light chemical peel provides a subtle improvement. It is often done in several sessions. Your top layer of skin is peeled away, and this may be the best peel for you if you have uneven skin tone, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, or dry, rough, sun-damaged skin. A light chemical peel will give you back your healthy glow. The recovery from a light chemical peel is only a few days, and you can continue your regular activities. You can have chemical peels done as often as every two to four weeks.

A light chemical peel may include alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, including glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and maleic acid. These are mild chemicals.

Medium Chemical Peel

Medium Chemical Peels remove the outermost layer and upper part of your middle layer of skin. A medium chemical peel is an excellent choice if you have uneven skin discoloration, age spots, acne scarring, or moderate wrinkles. However, recovery from a medium chemical peel has downtime and may take up to a week for recovery.

A medium-strength chemical peel will include trichloroacetic acid (TCA) as the main ingredient. The peel can be done in several steps using different chemicals followed by TCA. The result will be similar to a burn before new skin takes over. Your skin will be red and sensitive.

Deep Chemical Peel

A deep chemical peel will produce dramatic results. The chemicals in this peel penetrate down to the lower middle layer of your skin. However, recovery time is longer and may take several weeks. A deep chemical peel may be best if you have extensive sun-damaged skin, deep acne scars, precancerous growths called actinic keratosis, or blotchy skin.

A deep chemical peel also requires pretreatment for about eight weeks. Therefore, a deep chemical peel can only be done once.

A sedative and a local anesthetic will be administered to manage the discomfort of this deep chemical peel. Phenol will be brushed onto the area being treated. After your skin has peeled, a thick coat or ointment is smoothed over your skin to prevent pain and dryness. A plastic surgeon in an outpatient facility must do a deep chemical peel.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Skin Peel Procedure?

The depth and strength of a chemical peel depend on the condition of your skin and the type of chemical peel you want. All skin types can use chemical peels; however, you may have a greater risk of experiencing hyperpigmentation after a skin peel if you have a darker skin tone. This hyperpigmentation condition is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and you should get the advice of your skincare professional before you undergo a chemical peel.

Other conditions that may prohibit a chemical peel include:

• Extra coloring in your scars
• Skin conditions or you take medications that cause your skin to be sensitive
• Work in a field that requires you to be in the sun for extended periods
• Scar easily

What’s Good About Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels can help turn back the clock and reveal a fresh layer of you. However, you will need the talents of our certified aesthetician to have a chemical peel done properly. Call us at 801-943-3260 or visit our website at https://thespaonhighland.com to book an appointment.

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