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Why are chemical peels so popular?

January 12th, 2021

Chemical peels are a form of exfoliation that work to improve the appearance of dull, aging skin and lessening fine lines and wrinkles.

Chemical peels have been considered an amazing way to reveal renewed, healthier looking skin. During a chemical peel, a medical-grade chemical solution is applied to the facial skin. This solution helps damaged skin peel away and allows healthy skin to emerge.

Why are chemical peels so popular?

Chemical Peels Can Treat Many Skin Conditions

Chemical peels are able to treat a wide variety of facial skin imperfections. These peels can be highly effective for treating noticeable signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to treat acne scarring, sun damage, and melasma.

Types of chemical peels

There is a wide range of chemical peels that have different depths; light, medium and deep. Each type of chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more dramatic results, but require a longer recovery period. Popular peels include Lactic Acid Peel, Salicylic Acid Peel and Jessner’s Peel.

1. Lactic Acid Peel

Lactic acid peels tend to penetrate the skin slower, softening hardened keratin from the surface down. The result is a plumping of the stratum corneum making it easier to physically exfoliate.

2. Salicylic Acid Peel

Salicylic peels usually come in two strengths of 20% and 30% and a ph of 3.0 to 2.0. Salicylic peels work best for excessively oily skin, retention keratosis, and active acne grades 3 and 4. Salicylic peels create a quick inflammatory response in the skin and the client will feel heat ranging from warm flushing to extreme heat.

3. Jessner’s Peel

Jessner’s peel solution is a combination of three different acids: 14% lactic acid, 14% salicylic acid and 14% resorcinol in a denatured alcohol base. Jessner’s peel is light sensitive due to the resorcinol, so be careful to make sure the lid is closed tight after each use and store away from light. It is difficult to over peel with Jessner’s due to the fact that this peel works primarily in the stratum corneum.

These are just a few of the chemical peels available. With so many options, deciding which chemical peel will work best for you can be tricky. Dr. Boulos and her staff will help you identify your skin conditions and select the best treatment options.

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