Helping Exfoliation with Chemical Peels

Periodic peeling of the skin helps stimulate cellular activity and can be used for addressing a variety of skin issues: from age spots to acne, enlarged pores to pre-cancerous growths. At Northcoast Laser Cosmetics, we offer chemical peels that exfoliate either lightly or moderately, depending on the chemical used.

What is a chemical peel?

The largest organ of the human body, our skin is comprised of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the fat layer. Throughout history, we’ve tried to help the skin with cell turnover. Cleopatra was an early proponent, using sour milk (lactic acid) as the peeling agent. Romans loved their spa days, including facial peels with tartaric acid found in grapes. Chemical peels primarily deal with the epidermis, but they can also penetrate the dermis, the skin’s second layer. The surface skin loosens and eventually peels off, allowing new, unblemished skin to take the place of the older, dead and damaged cells. Chemical peels are an easy, non-invasive option for skin rejuvenation.

What can skin problems be remedied with a chemical peel?

Chemical peels do not address deep facial lines, and they cannot tighten loose sagging skin. But they are excellent for these skin conditions:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Texture issues
  • Pigmentation problems
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Freckles
  • Scaly patches

Light chemical peels

Superficial chemical peels are excellent for exfoliating the outermost layer of the epidermis, removing dead and damaged skin cells and refreshing the skin’s glow.

We use light peels for dry skin, fine wrinkles, and to improve acne. We usually use naturally derived alpha hydroxy acids for these peels: glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane, grapes, or sugar beets), lactic acid (derived from sour milk), or salicylic acid (derived from plants).

Medium chemical peels

Medium-depth peels penetrate more deeply, into the dermis layer. We use them to treat acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.

The peeling agent is trichloroacetic acid.

Interested in helping your skin with its cell changeover? Call us at 440-NEW-FACE and ask about chemical peels.