Why would you use a chemical peel anyway? There are hundreds, if not thousands of skincare products on the market to deal with almost every skincare concern. So is a peel really necessary? Most skincare products send ingredients to the surface level of your skin. These can work over a long period, but the results may not be as expected. That said, chemical peels treat several conditions, which include:
- Acne and Acne Scars: Some skin care products can clear our acne but is powerless to stop some of the scars left behind. A chemical peel can help break up and remove acne scarring.
- Wrinkles and fine lines: Over time, our skin stops producing collagen, which helps with elasticity. That lack of elasticity creates wrinkles and fine lines on the top layer of our skin when we frown. Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, by stimulating new collagen formation.
- Uneven skin tones, also called Hyperpigmentation: Our skin is exposed to external and internal stressors like pollution, sun damage, hormones, or a skin injury. These changes can impact different parts of our face, giving the appearance of an uneven skin tone. A chemical peel can produce smooth, even skin.
- Melasma: Melasma is a skin condition that causes dark patches on the cheeks, forehead, or chin. People with dark skin tones are more likely to have melasma. It is also sometimes a result of pregnancy, stress, or thyroid conditions. Chemical peels can even skin tones while you work on the underlying cause of melasma.
A chemical peel gives your skin a reset by removing the outermost layer of your skin. Think of a snake shedding its skin, revealing a new, beautiful layer.
While stronger peels do result in more downtime, they also produce more improvement. The main side effects of any chemical peel are redness and skin peeling. A more intense peel such as our TCA peel penetrates deeper, affecting more layers of skin which must then slough off. But this also removes more damage. When it comes to severe hyperpigmentation and sun damage, this stronger peel is often the treatment of choice. It can reduce your brown spots and redness while also smoothing out uneven, crepe texture and even giving your skin a bit of lift and/or plumpness. But if this is something that doesn’t work for you because you can’t afford to hide out for a couple of weeks, we can always recommend a series of lighter chemical peels. Our goal is to find the procedure or combination of procedures that will best deliver on your goals while also working within the constraints of your lifestyle.