Are you a good candidate for a chemical peel?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a chemical peel:
- • You have sun-damaged skin
- • You have significant facial wrinkling
- • Your skin color is uneven with blotchiness, sunspots and brown spots
- • You have scars that have made the surface of your skin uneven
- • You have certain large pores and oily skin
- • Acne or ingrown hair from shaving.
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Detailed Procedural Info
How is a chemical peel procedure performed?
Most often, your treatment will be performed by a licensed skincare professional at a laser clinic – Such as Somalogic Laser Clinic. Peels involve the application of a chemical solution to your entire face or just to certain regions, such as the crow's feet area around your eyes or the vertical wrinkles around your mouth or in the case of acne different concentrations to the areas where stronger solution is needed. The beauty of chemical peels is that they can be totally customized to your needs.
The chemical solution is either applied lightly or rubbed more vigorously onto the skin ( as would be the case if treating pigmentation) being treated using a swab, or brush (avoiding your eyes and lips). During peel application, you may experience a slight tingling (light to medium peels) or a burning sensation (deep peels). These sensations are usually minimal for light and medium peels but is more severe for deep peels. The length of time the solution is allowed to work is determined by carefully observing the changes in the appearance of your skin and the acid being used. Some peels are time dependent that means you keep it on the skin for a few minutes then remove others are layer dependent which translates into the more layers you apply the deeper the peel, these are usually not neutralized. They self neutralize.With certain types of chemical peels, the solution may be "neutralized" after an appropriate amount of time has elapsed.
The different types of chemical peels vary according to their specific ingredients and their strength and or the PH of the product. The lower the PH the stronger the effect. Don’t be fooled by the sound of 20% . The depth of their peeling action may also be determined by factors such as how long they remain on the skin and how they are applied onto the skin and once again the PH pf the product.
No specific post procedure cream is necessary after a light or medium peel and you can expect little to no downtime. However, after a deep peel, a thick coating of barrier cream is layered over the face, these peel are how ever less popular amongst the guys and you will be properly prepared should you decided to have one done.
Chemical peels exfoliate dead cells and can improve texture, acne, sun damage and congested pores. Deeper peels can address wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
What are my options?
Your options will depend on the treatment depth you require and the desired results.
Light to Medium Peels
Glycolic (AHA) peel
Generally, the most superficial peels are those using alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acid. AHA peels can reduce the effects of aging and sun damage including fine wrinkling and brown spots. Sometimes a single treatment with an AHA peel will give your skin a fresher, healthier appearance. No anesthesia is needed and you will only feel a mild stinging sensation when the solution is applied. Immediately after the procedure, you can return to work. These are popular lunch hour peels.
Lactic acid peel
A Lactic peel is very safe and popular in winter to relieve dryness. There is no peeling and you can return to work straight after. It takes 30 min to a fresher you.
Beta or Salicylic acid peel
A Beta peel is the most popular peel for guys by far as it addresses oily skin issues and blackheads. There are two options in this line of chemical peeling, one that results in visible flaking and the other does not.
How long will my results from a chemical peel last?
Limitations and Risks
Fortunately, significant complications from chemical peels are infrequent. Your specific risks for chemical peels will be discussed during your consultation.
- Allergic reactions
- Sun sensitivity for a few days
- Unanticipated color changes or skin blotchiness – this is more prevalent in the darker skin tones who are exposed to prolonged periods in the sun after a chemical peel.
- Eruption of cold sore (herpes virus) – stronger Glycolic peels.