What are Medical Grade Peels?
A medical grade chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the skin by removing the top layers of dead skin. It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of sun damage and acne scars, and make rough skin smoother. Some chemical peels even stimulate the generation of new skin cells during the process of healing.
How is It Performed?
Chemical peels use several types of acid, such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Different formulations are available and treat specific issues. The chemical sare applied directly to the face (or other area being treated) using a brush, swab, or other applicator. The length of the procedure will vary, but usually lasts about 5 minutes. After the prescribed amount of time, the chemicals are neutralized and therapeutic moisturizer is applied.
Benefits of Medical Grade Peels
- Performed on an outpatient basis.
- Requires little down time.
- Anesthesia not required for most.
- Skin looks smooth and refreshed just a few days after peel.
- Removes dead skin, revealing more youthful skin.
- Smooths rough skin.
- Reduces appearance of sun damage, scars, and hyperpigmentation
Types of Chemical Peels
Glycolic Acid Peels
Light and are often applied monthly. This type of peel usually has little lasting skin redness after treatment. Stronger glycolic treatments are advised for specific conditions such as acne scarring, age spots or wrinkles.
Salicylic Acid Peels
Usually targeted towards those suffering from acne. It removes dead surface skin but also decreases facial oil secretions. Thus, the pores are cleansed and the situations leading to clogged pores are removed.
TCA (or Trichloroacetic Acid) Peels
Address several skin conditions. These peels can improve skin color, skin tone, and skin texture. This chemical is used for people who have experienced sun damage, skin lesions, uneven skin pigmentation, age spots, acne, or facial wrinkles.
The strongest peels available that is able to penetrate the lower dermis layer of the skin. Procedures using this chemical require pretreatment of the skin weeks before the procedure, as well as anesthetic.
Some peels stimulate collagen production, such as resorcinol, AHAs, and retinoic acids. They can reduce age spots, treat inflammatory acne, and treat pigmentation issues.