A Closer Look at Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are an excellent way to rejuvenate the face, reducing the appearance of age spots and improving sun-damaged skin. Here is an in-depth look at the different types of chemical peels, how they work, and the benefits of each.

chemical peelsSuperficial peels
These peels are made of AHAs and BHAs (alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids) and are the gentlest chemical peels. Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid are popular superficial peels. These peels are ideal if your main goal is to lighten age spots and reduce the appearance of minimal blemishes. Superficial peels are often referred to as lunchtime peels because you can return to work after having the procedure at lunch without your co-workers noticing. There is no real recovery time.

Medium-depth peels
Medium-depth peels (also known as TCA peels) are more capable of penetrating more deeply into the skin, which makes them effective in softening moderate lines and wrinkles.

Due to their more aggressive penetration, recovery from medium depth peels takes about a week after treatment. The face will likely become itchy and swollen after a medium-depth peel and there may be some crusting of the treated skin.

Deep peels
Phenol is usually the main ingredient in deep chemical peels. As the strongest type of chemical peels, deep peels are excellent for improving the appearance of moderate to severe age spots and similar hyperpigmentation issues. Phenol peels are mildly painful and recovery generally takes months to a year.

Call us at 440.639.3223 and we’ll discuss chemical peels and how they can work for you.

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