What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels have been used for over 100 years to create an even and controlled shedding of damaged skin cells. A chemical peel uses a solution applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. As a result, the treated area will be tightened, have fewer wrinkles and feel smooth to touch.
What can be treated with chemical peels?
Chemical peels can effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions such as:
- Fine line and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Shallow acne scars
- Sun-damaged skin
- Age spots
At Dr. Barry Lykca MD and Associates we recommend using this treatment on the face, neck, and hands.
What kind of treatments are offered?
- Trichloracetic Acid (TCA) Peels –
- TCA peels have a deeper exfoliating effect being a medium grade category they are more of an extensive procedure. Due to their deeper exfoliating effects, they are ideal for… fading dark spots, smoothing acne scars, relieving congestion, and removing pre-cancerous lesions, sun damage or skin that has become dull. These peels are not ideal for darker skin types though can be administered by medical professionals and closely monitored. Healing time can involve mild swelling, tight sensations and redness. The skin may darken and form a crust that may take on average one to two weeks to shed and reveal new skin.
- Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA)-
- Is a more widely known peel. They are a more naturally occurring fruit acid, glycolic and lactic being the most commonly used. These peels tend to be lighter and more superficial. This being one of the reasons for their popularity. They treat a wide variety of issues, aging, wrinkles and pores, with minimal downtime. Though more peels may be needed to achieve the desired outcome, it may be easy to fit into ones day to day life.
- Jessners Peel –
- Dr. Max Jessners developed this peel over 100 years ago. This peel combines 3 different ingredients to supply a bright to mild peeling effect. The peels are ideal for acne skin conditions as well as post-inflammatory hyperpigmented and melasma. The peel is applied in layers and can be modified to suit the patient’s needs and sensitivities. Peeling and flaking can be expected a few days post treatment, while new healthy regenerated skin makes its way to the surface.
- Salicylic Peel –
- Salicylic acid is part of the beta hydroxy family. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This makes it ideal for those suffering from acne, including acne rosacea. Like most peels, it is also good for photodamage textured rough skin and melasma. Another beneficial aspect of a salicylic peel is its ability to be used on all skin types and ethnic background.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
Unlike laser peels, chemical peels can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, and in some cases the arms and legs. Chemical peels will:
• Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
• Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
• Improve the appearance of mild scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce age spot, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
• Improves the look and feel of skin overall
What is the recovery period?
After treatment peeling will occur, the skin my bed red, dry, and mildly irritated.
the skin will be temporally more sensitive to the sun, so a sunscreen is necessary for daily use until advised otherwise. It is also recommended to limited your exposure to the sun until fully healed.
What can I expect for results after a chemical peel treatment?
After a chemical peel treatment, your skin will be red, dry and mildly irritated. This is temporary and should only last 4 -7 days after treatment.