Introducing Chemical Peels

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With the rigorous modern-day activities, it is common for our skin to be damaged. The sun is continually becoming harsh due to damage to the ozone layer, meaning you are likely to get sun damage to our skin. That coupled with inadequate skin care treatments, our skin becomes wrinkled, scarred, and loses even skin tone. But, is there a solution to these skin problems? We offer the best San Francisco chemical peels services for people with damaged skin or skin problems.

The science world is continually coming up with advanced methods in cosmetics. One of those is chemical peels and is rapidly gathering steam, with more and more people coming for the service. It is a new way of removing damaged and worn-out skin cells to reveal healthier skin. There are different types of chemical peels, each with a varying degree of intensity.

If you have been experiencing or struggling with facial skin problems and are hearing of chemical peels for the first, then you are in the right place. You will get all the information you need for you to choose by visiting us for a chemical peel.

What are Chemical Peels?

These are modern cosmetic treatments that target the face, neck, and hands. They are useful in improving the appearance of the skin, and the individual will feel the improvement by having radiant skin.

During the procedure, chemical solutions are applied to the targeted area, thereby triggering an exfoliation process. The dead skin cells will eventually fall off and finally reveal healthier and radiant skin underneath. The skin will look and feel smoother, will have fewer wrinkles and reduced damage.

Why Do People Come For Chemical Peels?

People generally come for chemical peels sessions because they want to improve the appearance of their skin. However, there are particular issues that chemical peels seek to address. these peels can be used to

  • Treat Uneven skin tone
  • Remove Scars on the face, hands, and neck
  • Remove Acne scars
  • Sort out Redness of the skin
  • Wrinkles due to Sun damage
  • Remove or reduce Fine lines
  • Treat Melasma caused by pregnancy
  • Treat hyperpigmentation

After a chemical peel, the skin may be more sensitive to the sun for a short while. Therefore it is advisable to apply sunscreen every day until the sensitivity reduces.

Who Should Go For Chemical Peels?

The best candidates for a chemical peel are people with fair skin and are light-haired. Individuals with darker skin can also get good results depending on the skin problem being treated.

The conditions that do not respond well to chemical peels include skin sags, more severe wrinkles, and bulges. These problems require other forms of cosmetic surgical treatment; for instance, laser resurfacing and soft tissue filler can help.

If you are thinking of coming in for a chemical peel, our team of dermatologists can help you determine the best type of peel to have.

How is the Procedure Done?

The chemical peel procedures are generally performed in-office. You will have to tie back your hair. The provider will then clean your face and may even apply eye protection gear such as goggles gauze.

The doctor then numbs the target area with a topical anesthetic if you are receiving a deep peel. There are different procedures for the different kinds of chemical peels.

Light Peel

In this chemical peel procedure, the doctor uses a brush or cotton ball to apply the chemical solution on the affected area. A mild chemical solution, like salicylic acid, is mostly used.

The skin will begin to whiten, and you may or may not feel a stinging sensation. After the solution has sat for a while, a neutralizing solution is applied, or the chemical is removed.

Your face is then rinsed to expose the rejuvenated skin underneath.

Medium Peel

For a medium peel procedure, the doctor uses a special sponge, gauze, or cotton-tipped applicator to treat your face with the chemical solution. The most commonly used chemical solutions are glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid.

In some instances, the blue color is added, and this kind of peel is often called the blue peel. As your skin whitens, your doctor then applies a cold compress on the surface of the skin. For about 20 minutes, you will experience some stinging sensation, but that is normal for chemical peels.

In the medium peel procedure, no neutralizing solution is added.

Deep Peel

A deep peel procedure uses a strong chemical solution such as phenol on your skin. The doctor will apply the solution using a cotton-tipped applicator. Your skin may turn white or gray. This procedure is broken into 15-minute portions to reduce the time your skin is exposed to the chemical solution. Before the start of the process, the patient is sedated during the whole period of the treatment.

Preparation needed before a chemical peel procedure

Before you go in for a chemical peel procedure, it is crucial to have a consultation with a skincare specialist. During this meeting, you will be able to determine if the damage to your skin needs a chemical peel treatment. If so, the specialist will help you determine the best treatment options available to you. The doctor or specialist will also tell you the type of chemical peel you will be getting.

Before coming in for the treatment, it will be important you avoid Retin-A topical or retinol medication for about 48 hours.

It will also be essential to notify the skincare specialist of the medications you are currently using, whether cosmetic or not.

You are also required not to be on Accutane for the last six months.

If you can start using some types of lotions before the treatment, they can improve the treatment significantly. For instance, glycolic acid lotions are the best options.

Are there risks and side effects after a chemical peel?

The common side effects associated with chemical peels are temporary and wear out after a few days. These include:

  • Slight swelling
  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Stinging sensation

With the above information, I hope you have a clear picture of what chemical peels are and the procedure involved. They are safe treatments that are sure to improve the appearance of the skin and help you get your confidence back. Don’t let your skin deteriorate any further and come in for a chemical peel.