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One of the best ways to address signs of aging is a chemical peel at Keystone Dermatology Partners. This treatment uses a chemical solution to exfoliate dead and damaged skin cells, resulting in smoother skin that looks younger and more refreshed.
Why Does Our Skin Show Signs of Aging?
There are several reasons why signs of aging appear over time. These include:
- Overexposure to harmful UV rays
- Exposure to pollution and harsh weather
- Poor skin nutrition and improper treatment of the skin
- Stress-causing hormone fluctuations resulting from pregnancy or menopause
These factors lead to the development of issues like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone and texture, dryness, dullness, and hyperpigmentation.
Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels come in varying strengths, each of which is geared towards addressing specific skin issues. The deeper the peel, the more effective it is.
Additionally, each peel strength is fit for different skin types. For example, a person with sensitive skin using a strong chemical peel would experience further skin damage, so a lighter peel would be a better option.
There are three main types of chemical peels:
- Superficial Peel – Also called a lunchtime peel, this option typically uses alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid. The chemical solution penetrates into the outer layer of the skin and leaves the inner layers intact. It gently exfoliates the skin and improves the appearance of rough texture and mild discoloration. It is suitable for all skin types and can be used to refresh the face, neck, hands, and chest.
- Medium Peel – This type of chemical peel uses glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin. The treatment is ideal for smoothing away rough patches. It is also used to treat precancerous skin growths. The medium peel helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, freckles, and moderate skin discoloration.
- Deep Peel – This type of chemical peel uses phenol or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate deep into the skin layers and is used only on the face. The treatment removes damaged skin cells and treats moderate wrinkles, age spots, freckles, and shallow scars. The results of this treatment are dramatic, and it can be used only once. Anesthesia is required for the treatment session.
What Happens During a Chemical Peel?
First, the face is cleansed of any products or bacteria. A chemical solution is then applied to the skin. It is left on the face to penetrate through the skin layers to the chosen depth, and then it is removed.
In the time following the treatment session, the treated skin layers blister and peel off, revealing fresh new skin cells without imperfections. Post-treatment care directions will be given by our skincare experts.
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