What Is a Chemical Peel?
- Posted on: Feb 27 2018
There are a number of methods to give skin a healthier appearance by gently removing the outermost layer, allowing new, regenerated skin to emerge. A chemical peel involves using chemicals to remove an outer layer of skin in order to reveal healthy, youthful skin underneath. There are a number of chemical peel options to choose from, with the most common ones being Jessner peels, TCA peels, VI Peels and glycolic acid peels. Learn more about these four popular chemical peels to help you choose the one that is right for you.
The Jessner peel is named after the doctor who pioneered the procedure over 100 years ago. The peel is a combination of various chemicals and is used to treat conditions such as age spots, acne, melasma and photoaging.
Some of the chemicals commonly used for this peel may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals, so it’s very important to talk to your dermatologist about any allergies you have before scheduling this treatment. Generally, the side effects of using this peel are minimal.
The TCA peel involves the use of trichloroacetic acid. These peels can be made in varying strengths depending on the desired depth. TCA peels are commonly used to treat actinic keratosis, melasma, moderate photoaging and rhytides. Such peels can also be used to eliminate superficial acne scars.
The VI (Vitality Institute) Peel has become popular in recent years, and it is not hard to see why. It is gentler than other peel options but still uses powerful chemicals to eliminate wrinkles, sun spots, acne and acne scars. It is also used to treat rosacea and hyperpigmentation and to boost overall skin health.
The VI Peel is applied in two stages. The treatment is not painful and does not require a long stay in a doctor’s office. However, it does take at least a week for the peeling to finish, and it can take up to six weeks before you see optimum results.
Glycolic Acid Peel
A glycolic acid peel is also quite mild, and you may need to have these peels applied a number of times before you see positive results. However, because of their gentleness, glycolic acid peels have very few negative side effects. This type of peel is available in varying strengths, making it ideal for both superficial and in-depth treatments.
Getting a Chemical Peel
All chemical peels should be applied by a board-certified medical professional who has experience working with the peel in question. That is why Gwinnett Dermatology, a full-service medical practice with experienced doctors, is able to provide these services and a host of other cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology procedures.
At Gwinnett Dermatology, all services are personalized to ensure that you get the best possible treatment for your condition. Schedule a free consultation today.
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