What is a Facial Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a technique used on the face, neck or hand to help perk up the appearance of the skin.  A solution that has chemicals is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and peel off the outer layers of the dead skin.  The regenerated new skin replaces the old skin which gives a smoother, less wrinkled surface and improves the tone, texture and color.

Facial chemical peels are appropriate when treating a number of conditions.  These conditions can be but are not limited to sagging skin, acne scars, Crow’s feet, aging skin, scars, sun-damage, wrinkles, freckles, scalpy patches, age and liver spots.

Some facts about chemical peels are as follows: Chemical peels damage the skin in a controlled manner creating a superficial wound.  As the damaged skin heals by the natural healing process, the skin begins to grow back healthier with an improved appearance.  The nature of the chemicals that are applied to the skin will determine the depth of the damage that occurs.  The type of chemical peel used is determined by the skin’s problem.  Skin problems that respond best to chemical peels are caused by sun damage from ultraviolet light.

Would I be a good candidate for a facial chemical peel?

The procedure does not work well on dark-skinned patients.  The best candidates for this procedure is light-haired and fair skinned people.  This procedure is not recommended for people with cut or broken skin, sunburns, open sores, infections and active skin disease.

Chemical Peels vs. Microdermabrasion

The most prominent difference between chemical peels and microdermabrasion is that microdermabrasion is a non-chemical procedure that strikes the skin imperfections by buffing away the surface of the skin and sanding down the flaws.  Chemical peels do not buff the skin surface, they use chemicals that peel the layer of the dead skin.  Unlike microdermabrasion, deep chemical peels change the pigmentation of the skin through bleaching.

At Balance Spa, facial chemical peels are used for an array of skin conditions which can include loss of elasticity, uneven skin texture, hyperpigmentation, scarring, acne and more.  Our estheticians will analyze your skin and discuss your goals and expectations before deciding on the best course of treatment.  Facial chemical peels range from progressive to deep peels.

Chemical peels are largely defined by the depth of damage in the skin that they produce. They are categorized as superficial, medium, and deep.  The most superficial skin layer is the epidermis.  Superficial peels will not damage skin below the epidermis. Medium peels can reach to the superficial layer of the dermis which is the deeper layer of the skin. Deep peels generally reach the deeper layers of the dermis. The depth of damage depends on the nature and concentration of the chemicals in the peeling solution and the length of time they are permitted to interact with the skin.

Chemical peels can also be known as facial peels.  Facial chemical peel smoothes and enhances the texture of the skin. It is an effective treatment for wrinkles, facial blemishes and uneven skin pigmentation.  They exfoliate the outer layers of dead skin, revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture, and color. In addition to full facial rejuvenation, certain types of skin peels can also be used for spot treatments and as a way to remove stretch marks or rejuvenate skin elsewhere on the body.

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