This summer, if your skin feels in need of a pick-me-up, it might be the perfect time for a visit to the dermatologist. Learn the ins and outs of dermatology’s hottest cosmetic detoxification: the chemical peel.
You've probably heard of a facial. They’re relaxing and a great way to clear up some minor blemishes or other immediate concerns for your skin. They can leave your skin feeling revitalized and moisturized to an extent, and they’re a great last minute treatment before a big day. Facials are an excellent way to pamper yourself and help your skin in the process, but have you ever felt like you needed more from a facial? For the bigger jobs, you’re going to want to look into a chemical peel.
A chemical peel, at its core, is like a supercharged facial. They are both topical cosmetic treatments that target the face and its common problem areas. They are both administered in an office setting with your dermatologist. Each session for either treatment starts with a cleansing, and they don’t take long at all. After that, things change a bit when you’re getting a chemical peel. A facial is gentle on your skin on purpose. It’s meant to moisturize and cleanse your skin, but it’s not going to make miracles happen for bad acne or other cosmetic issues. A chemical peel is harsh on purpose, and that’s where its unique benefits lie.
So how does a chemical peel go? First, like we said, your dermatologist will cleans your skin and perhaps apply some moisturizer. Next is the peel itself. You will have already addressed your specific concerns and skincare needs with your doctor, and they will have selected the best type of peel for you. A chemical peel uses an acidic substance to damage the top few layers of your skin. This acid solution is painted on the skin, allowed to set for a determined amount of time, and then neutralized and washed clean. After a chemical peel, you’ll note that your skin may burn or be tingly. This is normal. It may look like you have a sunburn for a few days. After some time, the dead layers of skin peel off and are replaced by smoother, healthier skin.
Chemical peels are not going to fix all your problems, but they can really give a few annoying skin conditions a run for their money. Acne is one of the most common cosmetic skin problems that chemical peels can really help with. For acne-focused chemical peels, the treatment usually uses salicylic or glycolic acid. These both can safely damage the superficial layers of your skin and also remove a great deal of oil. With acne, sebum or oil is a main contributor to the development of pimples and blackheads.
Early signs of aging can also see a reduction with a chemical peel. As we age, our skin begins to lose its elasticity and the ability to retain moisture. With this loss comes wrinkles and fine lines that form above many of our facial muscles. A chemical peel can help turn back the clock on aging by replacing that old, dry, and wrinkly skin with new, invigorated growth. As a response to this damage, your skin also produces more collagen and elastin, which are two substances our skin needs for elasticity and hydration. The new skin that grows following a chemical peel is much better equipped to stave off signs of aging, and it’ll look better for it. It’s important to note that a chemical peel isn’t a miracle cure for your cosmetic issues. It won’t reverse aging or completely eliminate acne for good. You can repeat treatments as needed, and this invigoration can help your skin and self-confidence immensely. A chemical peel is one of, if not the best ways to get your skin looking healthier and younger without invasive treatment or injectables.
Want your skin to look and feel healthier and younger? Book your chemical peel just in time for summer with the experts at Northeast Dermatology Solutions today!
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