Exfoliation is the removal of some of the layers of the outer skin. Chemical and physical professional exfoliation has a long history from wine and milk baths (tartaric and lactic acid) to pumice polishing ( the forerunner to microdermabrasion) and the blunt knife-like instrument called a strigil, used by ancient Egyptians for scraping the skin (the forerunner of dermaplaning).
There are about 30 layers of skin cells, stacked on each other like bricks and held together with a kind of intercellular glue. Some of these cells are shed each day and after 30 days that outer layer is completely replaced. Skin exfoliation is a natural function of the skin that slows down as we age and with certain conditions like acne, excess oil production and sun damage. Buildup of these dead skin cells results in dull, rough looking skin. Especially with aging skin, blotchy pigment or skin with poor texture, professional exfoliation is of primary importance. Chemical peels are a method to speed up the release of the dull, dead cells.
Chemical skin peels are also used to treat melasma (a skin condition characterized by irregularly shaped patches of brown skin commonly found on the face and neck) and are usually more effective at lightening brown patches than most laser treatments, which can stimulate even more dark pigment. Peels can be performed anywhere on the body and come in a variety of strengths. Our estheticians have a reputation for understanding exactly what type of Chemical skin peel will work best for your specific skin concerns.
Chemical Peel Appeal
Wouldn't it be nice if we could peel off dull, damaged or discolored skin to find the flawless complexion beneath? Chemical peels are the answer and provide even better results than lasers for conditions like melasma and acne. All skin types can be treated with chemical peels and at a fraction of the cost of laser resurfacing.
Today's chemical peels aren't just for exfoliating, although they do an excellent job of it. Their goal is to also infuse the skin with ingredients that can rev up collagen production, hydrate, decrease acne breakouts, lighten patchy pigment. After the treatment, skincare products penetrate deeper to be more effective.
Many peel formulations contain multiple types of acid that produces better results with less irritation than single acids, and come in a range of strengths.
Light or “Lunch Hour” Peels- Chemical peels that cause no visible flaking-
SkinMedica's Illuminize Peel®, the gentlest SkinMedica® Peel is appropriate for all skin types and people that are looking for brighter, more radiant skin with no downtime. A series is usually recommended for best results with mild peels. Ingredients include low concentrations of salicylic acid, mandelic acid, resorcinol, malic acid, and phytic acid,
Obagi's Radiance Peel® - One of the gentlest in-office chemical peels available, it contains salicylic acid and provides superficial exfoliation with no downtime. Like other mild peels, a series of treatments provide best results.
Glycolic Acid Peels- Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and has the smallest and shortest molecular chain. Glycolic peels are mild peels and great for most skin types. Glycolic acids also stimulate collagen, so over time multiple glycolic peels may help with very fine lines or mild skin discoloration. For best results we recommend a series of four treatments every 2 to 4 weeks and periodically thereafter, to maintain results. There’s usually no obvious peeling with glycolic peels and results become visible after a series of treatments.
For oily or acne-prone skin- Salicylic Acid or Beta Peels- Salicylic acid is derived from the bark of the willow tree and unlike most acids, it is oil soluble and is especially helpful in treating acne because of its ability to penetrate the follicle. It encourages the shedding of dead skin cells from within the follicle, helping to clear the pores of debris. In this way, it reduces blackheads and breakouts.
For dry or sensitive skin- Lactic Acid Peel- Lactic acid is derived from sour milk and is less irritating than glycolic acid. It is uniquely hydrating and anti-inflammatory so it’s great for dry, sensitive or mature skin. These peels should also be repeated every 4 to 6 weeks for best results.
TCA Eye Peels- For the delicate, thin skin above and below the eyes, mild TCA (trichloroacetic acid) chemical peels can produce a decrease in fine wrinkling, more even skin color and improved eyelid skin quality especially when done in a series.
Medium Depth Chemical Peels- Expect visible shedding and flaking
These peels are stronger peels that produce more dramatic results with each treatment than the lighter peels but also usually cause visible peeling and flaking. Medium depth peels are used to decrease sun damage, improve texture, decrease the appearance of large pores, and lighten patchy pigment. Because medium depth peels will cause some peeling, most people who work Monday through Friday will find that having a peel on Wednesday will allow them to do most of their peeling on Saturday and Sunday. Medium depth peels can be repeated every 3 months as needed to maintain results.
SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel® - With higher concentrations of the same acids as in the Illuminize Peel above, this peel usually improves texture and mild pigmentation problems with just one treatment. Peeling depends on the skin condition before treatment and ranges from mild flaking to peeling in sheets.
SkinMedica's Vitalize Peel® - Composed of salicyclic acid, resorcinol, and lactic acid, the Vitalize Peel® skin is the most popular peel that can be used in even the darkest skin. There's usually some flaking but less visible peeling than with the Rejuvenize Peel.
Vi Peel™ - a new generation peel that combines TCA, Retin A, salicylic acid, phenol and Vitamin C; it improves the suppleness, texture and clarity of skin, diminishes fine lines and spotty pigment, stimulates collagen and elastin, and is safe for the face, neck, chest & hands.
Jessner's Peel- a peel made from salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol, it's also good for blotchy pigment and oily skin and can be used on the back.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peel- TCA peels (20%-30%)diminish fine lines, age spots, improve texture, and can even tighten the skin slightly.
Deep Chemical Peels- More risk and less predictable than other treatments
Deep chemical peels like phenol peels and strong TCA peels, sometimes produce dramatic results but they have a high risk of complications like scarring, pigment changes, and infections. At Skinspirations, we have the technology to provide dramatic improvement in skin texture, fine lines, blotchy pigment, etc. without the unpredictability that goes along with deep peels, The Laser Micro Peel or Laser Peel are treatments that can provide the same benefits as a deep peel but with less risk and more predictability, so these are recommended for Skinspirations clients who desire the results associated with a strong chemical peel.
Register online here or call 727-571-1923 now for a complimentary skincare consultation, and let the experts at Skinspirations help you determine which skincare strategy will meet your goals best.