All chemical peels can be adjusted to your skin type and condition, making them extremely customizable.
A chemical peel refers to the application of one or more chemicals to the skin inducing a controlled injury to the skin. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin.
Chemical peels can improve
- Pigmentation on the face, neck, chest, arms, hands
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne on the face and back
- Clogged and enlarged pores
- Dry, dull, rough skin
There are several types of chemical peels ranging in strength from mildly superficial to deeply resurfacing – alpha hydroxy acid peels (AHA), beta hydroxy acid peels (BHA), Jessner peels, retinoic acid peels, trichloroacetic acid peels (TCA), and phenol peels.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
Glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid.
This is the mildest chemical peel formula and produces light peels for treatment of fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne.
They are effective in a series and have a very little downtime.
AHA peels may cause stinging, skin redness, and mild irritation.
Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels (BHA)
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. The salicylic acid is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and it works great for acne, also reduces the bumps and discolored spots associated with acne and controls the sebum secretion.
These mild to moderate chemical peels are sometimes referred to as “lunchtime” peels because it takes little time to perform and the patient may return to their activities without any disruptions.
Trichloric Acid Peels (TCA)
The TCA chemical peel comes in a variety of strengths and it works by removing dead skin cells and stimulating new skin cell growth.
The TCA peel can tighten the skin by stimulating collagen, reduces the look of fine lines and large pores and significantly improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin.
The mild TCA peels can be performed as a series of two-three treatments and the results will last up to a few months.
The deeper, high concentration TCA peel, performed by Dr. Moelleken, has more downtime and the results will last longer, up to a year. The high concentration TCA peel requires up to one-week downtime due to the level of peeling that may occur. The skin continues to improve for 30 days after the treatment.
What Will A Chemical Peel Feel Like?
At first, we clean your skin and remove any excess oils.
Your eye area will be protected by applying a barrier, being Aquaphor, or goggles.
The chemical peel solution is applied evenly with a pad. You may feel a stinging sensation or tingling as the peel solution penetrates your skin.
Once the chemical peel is neutralized and removed, your skin will be moisturized and you’ll be advised to stay out of the sun until the skin is healed. Specific home care routine instructions will be provided.
Your skin will feel tight and will look rosy for a few hours to several days. Some flaking and peeling will occur, depending on the chemical peel used.
Not sure what chemical peel is right for you?
Call us for a complimentary consultation with our nurse or aesthetician.