A Chemical Peel Primer

A Chemical Peel Primer

Chemical peels are among the most popular options for patients interested in facial rejuvenation at my cosmetic surgery and skincare practice in New York, so let me explain more about chemical peels and how they work.

Chemical peels remove the outer layers of skin to reveal the fresh, youthful-looking skin beneath. They help to diminish minor skin imperfections and signs of aging. When dead skin cells are sloughed off, it promotes new skin production, collagen formation, and skin rejuvenation.

During a peel, a chemical agent is layered on the skin. The number of layers and the chemicals used depend on the degree of the peel. Very light chemical peels are used to address minor skin imperfections such as fine lines and light sun damage, while stronger peels are used to diminish deep acne scars or wrinkles.

The basic types of chemical peels are:

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peels:  These are derived from foods, such as milk, sugar, and fruit. With this type of peel, there is little downtime after a treatment.
  • Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels: This type of peel can be used to target certain areas, including the hands and neck. TCA peels can be used for light, medium, or deep skin concerns depending on the level of acid concentration. Downtime varies depending on the strength of the peel.
  • Phenol Peels: These are deep chemical peels and are used for severely sun-damaged or wrinkled skin.

Talk to your aesthetic professional about your chemical peel options to see what might work best to address your skincare concerns.

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