This winter, you should be able to treat yourself—you deserve it after the 2020 we’ve all experienced together! Greet the new year with a chemical peel, and enjoy the freshest skin you’ve ever had.
We’ve often said that you can think of a chemical peel as an extreme facial, and that’s probably the simplest, most apt way to describe it. You’re probably familiar with the process of a facial: the cleansing, massaging and exfoliation that relaxes and promotes healthier skin. A chemical peel follows that process fairly closely, with some important differences. First, your dermatologist will clean the skin on your face in a manner similar to that of a facial. Unlike a facial, however, you may be asked to apply a product to your face at home prior to starting the peel. Usually, you’ll be tasked with using retin-A or glycolic acid before getting a chemical peel. These both enhance the effects of the peel and can allow it to penetrate deeper into the skin. Determining the depth of your chemical peel will be a topic of discussion with your dermatologist as you explore your options. Even the least extreme chemical peel will work at a much deeper level than a facial or spa treatment. Once your needs and skin’s health have been assessed, your dermatologist will determine the depth of your peel. The biggest component of a chemical peel is the chemical used. Depending on your needs, and whether you’re looking to treat a particular cosmetic or medical issue, a different chemical might be applied. Commonly, these include things like salicylic and glycolic acids, as well as lactic acid and retinol. After some time, this chemical solution will be neutralized and removed. Your face will be cleansed once more, and your peel is over!
A chemical peel can treat a broad range of conditions, both medical and cosmetic, like acne and actinic keratosis. A chemical peel works by damaging the layers of your skin that may be oily, dry, aged or otherwise negatively impacted by a skin condition. By damaging the superficial layers of skin, a chemical peel can help clear away excess oil. This can be crucial for people who suffer from acne. The main cause of an acne breakout is the overproduction of sebum, or oil, in the sebaceous gland. When too much oil gets produced, the pore can become clogged and inflamed. A chemical peel can also balance moisture in the skin by promoting hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid is an important protein that can retain a great deal of water. This can help counteract chronically dry skin or signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, a chemical peel will stimulate the skin’s production of collagen, another important ingredient in anti-aging skincare. Other conditions, like actinic keratosis can also be removed by a chemical peel. An AK is a dry, scaly spot of skin that often develops on the face as a result of prolonged sun damage. These lesions have the potential to become skin cancer. If you’re prone to actinic keratoses, your dermatologist may recommend scheduled chemical peels to remove any AKs before they have the chance to develop in severity.
Even if you’re not dealing with any of the above issues, a chemical peel is still a great way to make your skin look a lot better. It’s a restorative, efficient process that can give your skin a fresh lustre that won’t soon fade. When it does start to fade, just schedule another and watch the results come right back!
If you’re interested in a chemical peel for any reason this year, reach out to your dermatologist first. Ready to take the leap? Call the chemical peel pros at Northeast Dermatology Associates right now!
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