What Is a Chemical Peel, and Who Should Get One?

Ever wonder how you can remove the signs of sun damage and treat the acne on your skin? Chemical peels may be your answer. They leave you with fresh, flawless, and bright skin.


What Is a Chemical Peel?


It is a procedure that uses a chemical solution to remove the top layers of your skin. After removal, the skin becomes smoother and more radiant than before. It helps the skin exfoliate and peel the damaged skin cells, revealing the healthier skin underneath. However, there is a necessary healing period before enjoying the flawless look.


How Does It Work?

Many chemical peels use acids to create a controlled wound on your skin. The treatment takes advantage of your body’s ability to heal itself. As your skin heals, the wound repair process improves your skin texture and the appearance of your pigmentation.


Types of Chemical Peels

Different chemical peels provide a different experience. There are different types of chemical peels. They vary according to the strength of the acid and the depth of the chemical peel. The types of chemical peels include:


  • Superficial or light chemical peels

  • Medium chemical peels

  • Deep chemical peels


Superficial chemical peels use mild acid to exfoliate your skin. The mild acids include alpha-hydroxy acid that only penetrates your top and outermost skin. Medium chemical peels penetrate the middle layer through the top outer one. They use glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to remove damaged skin cells. Deep chemical peels fully penetrate the middle skin layer to remove skin damage. They use trichloroacetic or phenol acid to remove this layer.


Who Can Benefit?


Chemical peels are beneficial for treating several skin conditions. They will help reduce issues on your face, neck, and hands. However, you need to be careful if you have dark skin. The results of chemical peels for this type of skin depend on the problem they are addressing. So, who should get a chemical peel?


Fair-skinned People

People with fair skin make the best candidates for chemical peels. It may result in hyperpigmentation for people with a dark skin tone. Hence, you need to be careful with the procedure since you may end up with an uneven skin tone.


Acne-prone Skin

If you regularly get acne, chemical peels may be ideal. The procedure deals with this inflammatory skin condition by breaking down the plugged hair follicles. It also decreases oil production to reduce inflammation. Chemical peels kill bacteria and leave your skin feeling fresh.


Skin With Acne Scars


Sometimes, you may develop scars on your skin due to acne. As the acne heals, the skin creates collagen to help repair the lesions it leaves behind. The result may be atrophic scars resembling depressions. They may also create bumpy or hypertrophic scars.

Medium chemical peels will remove the excess collagen. They improve your skin tone and texture, leaving you feeling confident.


Aging Skin

Chemical peels also deal with the results of aging. As the skin grows back, it triggers the production of elastin and collagen. The new skin is smooth and supple. However, do not use chemical peels if your skin is sagging or you are hoping to remove deep wrinkles. Chemical peels will not tighten sagging skin.

Chemical peels can also benefit people with rosacea and hyperpigmentation. It will rejuvenate your skin and give it new life.


For more information on chemical peels, contact Exquisite MD SPA at our office in San Diego, California. You can call (619) 376-2466 today to schedule an appointment.

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