Designed to improve the appearance of your surface skin, chemical peels start an exfoliation process that causes existing, older skin to shed while new skin, that’s usually smoother and more even, grows to replace it. Chemical peels are a way to activate your skin’s renewal process.
Peels come in several strengths, depending on the skin conditions you wish to treat as well as how much recovery time you can afford. Mild peels are suitable for lunchtime appointments, where you return to work or other tasks after treatment, while deep peels may require weeks to heal.
Peels address three types of skin conditions: scars, wrinkles, and pigmentation. Typically, the strength of the peel matches to the severity of the skin flaw. Mild peels can correct minor discoloration and fine age lines, while medium and heavy peels can usually improve moderate and severe issues. Common skin conditions treated with chemical peels include:
There are some conditions or times when chemical peels aren’t recommended. For example, if you have active rosacea, acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin infections, or are currently pregnant, chemical peels aren’t a good idea. Also, chemical peels produce better results for those with fair skin. The darker your natural skin tone, the less effective peels are likely to be.
The results of your treatment depend largely on the strength of the chemical peel used. Mild peels are also called superficial peels, due to their gentle nature and mild side effects. You can expect some skin flaking and peeling that may be like the after-effects of mild sunburn. It’s not likely that your face will appear red and irritated for long, if at all.
Medium peels penetrate the skin more deeply and therefore have a greater effect on your appearance as exfoliation occurs. Deep peels may produce dramatic results, but with 14 to 21-day recovery periods. No matter what depth of peel you choose, your skin will be temporarily more sensitive to sunlight, so be sure to follow the sun protection advice given by your West Valley Med Spa caregiver.
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