When you’re looking for a treatment that doesn’t involve needles, lasers, or surgery to help address aesthetic concerns on your face, a chemical peel can sound like a natural solution.
However, chemical peels aren’t always right for everyone, and they should always be performed by a board-certified dermatologist who understands the chemicals involved and how they affect your skin.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a solution of various acids and other compounds designed to provide facial rejuvenation in a number of ways. Peels can be formulated to simply brighten and refresh the appearance of clear, healthy skin, or be potent enough to erase wrinkles and fine lines or hyperpigmentation.
Chemical peels work by selectively removing a uniform amount of skin cells from the epidermis, and sometimes the dermis. This causes your body to produce new skin in response—skin cells that are fresh and healthy.
Types of Chemical Peels
Dermatologists like Dr. Krant can use a variety of ingredients and proportions to create chemical peels for specific results. Generally speaking, there are three categories of peels: superficial peels, medium-depth peels, and deep peels. They can be made with several types of active ingredients, but the key component is the chemical combination. Substances used in professional chemical peels include:
- Alpha-hydroxy acids
- Beta-hydroxy acids
- Trichloroacetic acid
- Other specialty ingredients
The chemical peels offered by Dr. Krant utilize a blend of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, including salicylic acid, lactic acid, and malic acid, among other ingredients.
Concerns About Chemical Peels
In the hands of a trained dermatologist such as Dr. Krant, chemical peels are safe and highly effective in restoring a clear, fresh appearance from a wide variety of skin concerns. However, they are not always recommended for everyone.
For starters, chemical peels may put patients with darker skin at risk of scarring or causing light or dark patches of skin. Superficial chemical peels have less risk of causing these side effects, but it’s best to be examined by a board-certified dermatologist prior to going ahead with any chemical peel, regardless of your skin tone.
In addition, chemical peels may make the skin extremely sensitive, especially for deeper treatments, which requires a recovery period during which you will be instructed on how to care for your healing skin, including constant use of sunscreen.
Schedule a Consultation for Chemical Peel
Chemical peels can be a great way for people with specific concerns about their appearance as well as those simply looking for a more radiant glow. The best way to know if a chemical peel is right for you is to hear about them from Dr. Krant during a consultation. Schedule yours today by filling out an online contact form.