One of the beautiful things about chemical peels is they can be customized to address any number of skin needs.
All chemical peels work in a similar way – non-toxic chemicals like alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are used to dissolve the outer layers and reveal fresh skin underneath. But how this is achieved isn’t so standard.
Aestheticians are like beauty chemists. They can increase or decrease the concentration of the solution and combine particular ingredients to make a chemical peel for a specific need and type of skin.
Generally speaking, chemical peels fall into one of three categories:
Light/Superficial Chemical Peels – These peels are very safe, require very little downtime and exfoliate the outermost layer of skin. They are typically done in a series to achieve the best results.
Medium Peels – A medium level peel will penetrate a little deeper than superficial peels, therefore they are often only done 1-4 times in a year to keep skin looking its best.
Deep Peels – Deep peels are used to treat issues like significant wrinkling, which require a very strong chemical solution that creates intense shedding. The risks are elevated because of how deeply these peels penetrate into the skin, but typically one treatment is all that’s needed to correct problems.
What to Consider Before Choosing a Chemical Peel
Now the big question – what type of chemical peel should you get? The best answer to this question will be provided by your aesthetician after they perform a skin analysis. The decision is made based on several factors.
The Desired Results
The biggest question to ask yourself is what are you trying to achieve? Chemical peels are targeted to address a specific skin problem. What works for acne may not improve wrinkles or discoloration. Discuss what you would like to achieve and the desired results with your aesthetician so they have a better understanding of what concerns need to be addressed.
Your Skin Type
Do you know your skin type? The Fitzpatrick scale is used by aestheticians to analyze skin tone before treatment. They will also consider how dry or oily your skin is as well as sensitivity. Some topical creams, such as tretinoin, can be a factor because they can make your skin more sensitive. Let your aesthetician know which products you currently use.
The deeper the chemical peel penetrates the skin, the more exfoliation there will be. This leads to more dramatic results, but it also significantly increases the downtime.
Number of Treatments Needed
Some chemical peels are so strong only one treatment is needed to achieve the desired results. Others are less intense and will need to be done in a series to achieve the outcome you’re looking for.
Other Treatments Being Performed
Chemical peels are often a good add-on that can maximize the results of laser skin treatments, microdermabrasion and injectables. Any time this is the case the effects of the other treatments will be a factor in deciding which chemical peel is used.
The aestheticians at Cadiz Laser Spa are well trained in the art of chemical peels. Schedule an appointment to discuss your goals, get a skin analysis and learn more about the chemical peel options that will let you put your best face forward!