Chemical peels are designed to remove the dead cells on the outer layer
of the dermis and are essential to maintaining healthy, beautiful, age-resistant
skin. Regular chemical peels help to reverse the signs of aging, improve
skin tone and color, stimulate collagen production, diminish acne and
acne scars. A chemical peel is beneficial for impure oily skin, congested
pores, Sagging facial contours, wrinkled, sun-damaged skin, lax skin of
the tummy, thighs or upper arms as well as Aged hands. Chemical peels
can be very mild, moderate or more aggressive.
Glycolic Peels (AHAs): Glycolic Acid is a non-toxic chemical exfoliant
naturally found in sugar beets and sugar cane. Glycolic Acid Peels dissolve
the uppermost layer of the epidermis thus revealing fresh, smooth skin.
These peels are gentle and have little to no downtime. The exfoliating
effect of the AHAs promote healthy skin regeneration and help to increase
skin tissue hydration as a result of the newly exfoliated skin’s
capacity to bind water. Glycolic Acid works against a number of skin issues
and concerns such as fine lines, hyperpigmentation and clogged pores.
Salicylic Peels (BHAs): Salicylic Acid is a highly effective superficial
peeling agent, oil reducer and pore cleanser. It is one of the best ingredients
to combat oily skin, yet it is also a gentle rejuvenating peel that is
a great alternative to more aggressive peels. Salicylic Acid is ideal
for oily/acneic skin, clogged pores and seborrheic dermatitis. Professionals
use salicylic acid in much higher strengths than what is found in a drugstore,
usually a 20-30% peel. Even in these strengths Salicylic acid is appropriate
for most skin types, helping to reduce acne and its associated inflammation,
ingrown hairs (folliculitis), texture and clarity.
Jessner Peels: Jessner is a hybrid peel usually consisting of 14% salicylic,
lactic and resorcinol. This is a stronger peel known for delivering great
results and achieving a more thorough peel than AHA’s. This is an
excellent treatment for those with acne, acne related hyperpigmentation
and scarring. Jessner peels produce more shedding and sloughing and therefore
typically have more downtime than Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels.
Trichloroacetic Acid: Also known as TCA, is an effective chemical agent
and used to exfoliate and renew the skin on a superficial to deeper level.
This is one of the strongest peels available and is known for delivering
exceptional results. Wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and acne
scars are all treated with this chemical and depending on skin color,
type and condition the appropriate percentage of TCA will be determined.
Prepping the skin with the correct products for approximately 2-4 weeks
before the peel is beneficial and will yield a better outcome.