Stress levels are often at their peak in the winter months and your skin can bear the brunt of it, with fine lines and other signs of aging cropping up fast. A chemical peel might be just what your skin needs this holiday season.
As we age, our skin loses some of its ability to perform crucial functions. Your skin is not going to develop dozens of wrinkles overnight, but slowly and surely dynamic wrinkles and fine lines grow and worsen. Dynamic wrinkles are any wrinkles caused by repeated facial movements or expressions. Stress can contribute to some of these wrinkles. Ever notice you’ve had your jaw clenched shut or your brow was furrowed in frustration for what seems like hours? Christmas shopping and travel can do that. Common examples of dynamic wrinkles include smile lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. These types of wrinkles often are named for how or where they appear. Smile lines form at the corners of the mouth and angle toward the nose. Crow’s feet occur on the outside edges of the eyes, and frown lines are wrinkles that develop in the center of the forehead, just above the eyes. Aging skin is susceptible to these kinds of wrinkles because as we age our skin produces less and less of the proteins it needs to maintain its shape and definition. Proteins like elastin and collagen offer a great deal of support to skin, but the production of these proteins slows with age. Without these structural supports, skin dries and loses its flexibility. The muscles beneath the skin are able to mold it, leading to dynamic wrinkles and other facial lines.
Not everyone develops wrinkles in the same exact pattern. Genetics play a role in when and where wrinkles may develop. Additionally, things like sun damage and environmental factors play a huge role in the development of wrinkles and signs of aging. Regardless of what’s to blame for your facial lines, you’re probably looking for a solution.
A chemical peel is a noninvasive, cosmetic procedure that can address many different skin conditions on the face. It’s a straightforward treatment, and on the surface it resembles a facial. But, a chemical peel is a lot more involved than a facial. As the name suggests, a chemical peel uses a chemical agent, usually an acidic one, to damage the upper, superficial layers of the skin. The process is simple, skin is cleansed and then a compound is applied to the face. After a predetermined amount of time, the chemicals are neutralized and washed off of the skin.
After a chemical peel, your skin will appear sunburnt. Within a few days, skin will begin to flake and peel off. New, healthier skin will take the place of this older skin, and you’ll notice some real improvement. In the days and weeks following a chemical peel, skin will be smoother and show fewer wrinkles. Skin that grows in the place of older, wrinkled skin will usually produce more collagen. Collagen, as we’ve discussed, gives skin a more plump appearance and provides more elasticity. These are both very important attributes for skin that struggles with dynamic wrinkles. The results of your chemical peel can last anywhere between a month and several months, depending on how deep the peel was. You can discuss your specific needs with a dermatologist, but when it comes to wrinkles, a deeper peel is usually best. Deep peels cannot be maintained as frequently as lighter peels, meaning you might only be able to get one or two chemical peels per year. The results of anti-aging chemical peels are not miracles. You will probably still have wrinkles, but their depth and appearance can be greatly reduced. For a noninvasive, short procedure, a chemical peel is second to none when it comes to treating facial wrinkles.
Tired of dynamic wrinkles and fine lines making you look older than you feel? Get help in time for the stressful holiday season in the form of a chemical peel provided by the professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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