The 411 on Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have been used for centuries. Cleopatra used sour milk to keep her skin flawless, and women used wine for skin exfoliation back in the Middle Ages. Fast-forward to today, a chemical peel treatment is a popular lunchtime procedure that addresses multiple aging issues

Although results vary from one person to another, chemical peels have been shown to reduce or minimize the appearance of the following issues:

  • Sun spots, age spots, and similar hyperpigmentation issues
  • Mild to moderate acne scarring
  • Fine lines, wrinkles, and creases in the corners of the eyes and around the mouth area

How chemical peels work

Chemical peels disrupt the chemical bonds between cells in the superficial layers of the skin through exfoliation. The rate and extent of exfoliation varies, depending on the type of chemical peel.

There are three basic types of chemical peels — TCAs, AHAs, and phenols.

  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are the mildest form of chemical peels. They are ideal for superficial blemishes such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. TCAs are often combined with bleaching treatments to achieve optimum outcomes.
  • Alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peels work really well in improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin and overall skin texture. Lactic acid and glycolic acid peels are popular AHAs.
  • Phenols are extremely strong chemical peels. We do not recommend using phenols more than once on other parts of the body, except for the face, because it can lead to scarring.

Finding a qualified, knowledgeable, and highly experienced chemical peel provider is a crucial component to maximizing a chemical peel’s effectiveness. Get in touch and we’ll help you find the right chemical peel for your specific concerns. Call us at 310.375.9595 today!

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