Chemical peels are an exceptional treatment for a number of cosmetic facial conditions ranging from acne to wrinkles. What determines if you’re a good candidate for a chemical peel? Read on and learn more about this powerful cosmetic treatment.
Chemical peels can address a variety of facial skin conditions, perhaps most notably signs of aging like fine lines. As we age, our skin loses some of its natural ability to repair and regenerate. Our skin will start to lose some of its structure, and that loss of structure gives way to fine lines, especially under the eyes and around the mouth. These types of wrinkles are referred to as dynamic wrinkles, as they form from repetitive motion. A chemical peel can help treat fine lines by damaging the skin and encouraging healthier skin to grow in its place. Because the chemical peel is a traumatic event, your skin reacts to this trauma by ramping up the production of rejuvenating substances like collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. The skin that grows in the place of this peeled layer is generally far healthier, fuller, and smoother than the skin it replaced.
Acne is another major skin condition that chemical peels can work wonders on. Acne is primarily caused by oily skin, which some people are just naturally prone to. Other people, most notably teens and pregnant women, have oily skin due to increased hormones. A chemical peel works on acne because the damage it does promotes healthier skin. Healthier skin has smaller pores and generally produces less oil. A chemical peel won’t dry your skin out by any means, but it can help restore those oil levels to normal. Acne can cause inflammation and redness, which a chemical peel can make quick work of. By removing the upper layers of your skin, much of the redness and inflammation associated with acne are eliminated. As new skin grows, it will be far less inflamed and acne-prone. Acne scars are another huge concern for people who suffer from severe acne. Since acne causes so much trauma to the skin where large pimples or cystic acne forms, it can leave behind scars. Acne scars are most often actually indentions in the skin. By damaging the impacted skin, a chemical peel can help ease the appearance of scars and smooth out skin. Boosted collagen production is largely responsible for this change.
So onto the big question: is your skin right for a chemical peel? Odds are, the answer is yes! Chemical peels can work on most skin types and on any complexion. There are some contraindications that make a chemical peel inadvisable, so it’s always best to consult a dermatologist. Don’t just consult them! Chemical peels are best conducted by a dermatologist. While chemical peels may be offered at spas, only your dermatologist has the knowledge to determine whether a chemical peel is the right thing for you and what level of treatment you need. Some things do rule you out as a candidate for a chemical peel. If you suffer from skin cancer or have dealt with prior actinic keratoses, it’s not a good idea to get a chemical peel. Chemical peels make your skin extra-sensitive to sun damage for a time as you recover from the treatment. While chemical peels can help with severe acne, you should not have a peel if you’re taking Accutane or antibiotics for acne. If you are, your dermatologist can help you balance what’s best—stopping medication and getting a peel or just forgoing a chemical peel. If your skin is prone to infection or you have a weakened immune system as a result of other medication or medical conditions, you should not get a chemical peel. Chemical peels damage the skin in a substantial way, and while it’s controlled and safe, they can cause infection in people with weak immune systems.
There isn’t much stopping you from a chemical peel if it’s the direction you want to go, and with the results many see, you’re probably going to seriously consider it. Ready to give a chemical peel a try? Call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates and see if your skin is right for a chemical peel.
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