A chemical peel is a treatment that resurfaces the skin to clear away acne and other cosmetic issues. Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the affected areas of skin; these chemicals remove the top layers of skin. The skin that grows back is smoother, healthier, and more appealing. Many people undergo chemical peels to address wrinkles, discolored skin and scars, but chemical peels also safely and effectively treat acne.
Three Types of Chemical Peels
Depending on your needs and desired outcomes, you will choose a chemical peel in one of three depths: light, medium, or deep. Each acts in a different way to provide unique cosmetic benefits.
Light Chemical Peel
A light chemical peel is a superficial treatment that removes the epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin. You might choose this chemical peel to treat acne, dry patches, uneven skin tone, and fine wrinkles. Undergoing the treatment every two to five weeks can optimize and maintain the acne-treating effects of a light chemical peel.
Medium Chemical Peel
This peel removes dead epidermal skin cells and removes dead skin cells from the upper part of the dermis, which is the layer of skin situated just beneath the epidermis. A medium chemical peel treats acne scars, as well as wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Repeat treatment may be necessary to achieve or maintain your desired results.
Deep Chemical Peel
A deep chemical peel goes even deeper to remove skin cells to address deeper scar tissue, wrinkles, or precancerous growths.
Administered by a skin care professional, chemical peels are appropriate for all skin types and for most people in the treatment of acne and other skin concerns. The results of a light or medium peel are subtle, but the benefits become more visible with each repeated treatment. Medium chemical peels make treated skin noticeably smoother, with fewer pimples.
A cosmetic chemical peel will help provide vibrant, radiant looking skin, free from acne and wrinkles, with minimal downtime. For more information on chemical peels, consult with the qualified skin care professionals at Aesthetics, a private boutique at Illinois Eye Center that offers a full range of aesthetic services.