Chemical peels involve the application of peeling solutions as a means of exfoliation, collagen stimulation, and re-texturizing the skin. The solutions used for chemical peels are acids that penetrate the skin to varying depths. Many types of acids used in different combinations and strengths to achieve results that can be tailored to the needs of each patient.
A chemical solution, usually an acid, is applied over the surface of the skin. Chemical peels are typically a single acid or combination of acids such as Salicylic, Glycolic, Malic, Lactic and Retinoic acid. The solution penetrates the skin to varying depths depending upon which solution is selected. Different peels address different skin concerns and the most appropriate solution will be selected for you by the professional who is evaluating your skin.
Chemical peels stimulate the dermis to produce more collagen and elastin, helping to smooth fine lines. By removing the epidermis and a portion of the dermis, superficial pigment can be removed decreasing areas of brown discoloration.
Light chemical peels are associated with no downtime. Medium-depth peels may require 3-7days of downtime. These deeper peels, usually using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) are also known as the Obagi Blue Peel. They are performed by Dr. Weston and Sandra Ewers, PA-C. They require aftercare and downtime lasting 5-7 days.
What do chemical peels treat?
Peels are most effective in a series of treatments spaced one month apart. We recommend light peels to those patients who would like to address some skin issues but do not want the pain or downtime of a laser procedure. We recommend deeper peels to those patients willing to have some downtime but wanting to avoid the discomfort of a laser procedure.
Despite the name, you do not have to peel in order to have a good result from a chemical peel! Peeling and/or flaking may be subtle without compromising the results of the treatment.
Patients having deeper peels are likely to go through a period during which their skin gets leathery in texture and pigment gets darker. Within a few days, the skin will start to peel (usually around the mouth first) revealing lovely revitalized skin beneath! It is important to avoid picking at your skin. If you are a “picker”, let us know and we will provide you with a pair of cotton gloves to wear to bed!!