At Maven Medical Arts in Draper, UT, we strongly believe that everyone should be comfortable in his or her own skin. Unfortunately, skin can be sensitive to outside forces and show signs of sun damage, wind damage, and premature aging. Luckily, you don’t have to settle for damaged, unattractive skin. Chemical peels may be just the solution for you.
Chemical peels are safe, effective, and perfect for any skin type, tone, or texture. They encourage cellular turnover and can treat anything from active acne and acne scars to sunspots and age spots. Read on to discover everything you need to know about different types of chemical peels and how they can benefit you.
Types of Chemical Peels
The Superficial Peel
Of all the chemical peels we offer, the superficial peel is by far the most popular. This gentle peel is perfect for clients with sensitive skin who are concerned about dull, ruddy skin and superficial lines and wrinkles. Let’s take a closer look at the three most common types of superficial (light) peels.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels
Alpha hydroxy acids can be derived from a variety of sources. They are most commonly derived from citrus fruits (citric acid). However, they may also be derived from fermented milk (lactic acid), grapes (tartaric acid), apples (malic acid), or sugar cane (glycolic acid). Most of the time, AHA-based peels are a combination of glycolic acid and lactic acid.
Lactic acid is ideal for dehydrated, dull, and ruddy skin. The two most powerful properties of this type of acid are its hydrating properties and its brightening properties. The large molecular structure of lactic acid makes it perfect for people with sensitive skin. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular structure of the bunch and is better for thicker skin.
Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels
The most common beta hydroxy acid peels is salicylic acid. All BHAs are lipid-based and work perfectly with oily skin. But that doesn’t mean that this light peel won’t work on dry or normal skin. To find out if salicylic acid is right for you, call our experts to schedule your initial consultation.
Because lipid-based acids are attracted to oil, they will naturally latch on to the oil present in your skin and can even control oil production. This is perfect for people suffering from active acne caused by oily skin. It is also ideal for people with congested skin and acne triggered by hormonal imbalances because by opening your pores topical medications are more effective.
The third and final type of superficial peel is known as the Jessner’s peel. This peel suspends lactic acid for brightening and hydrating the skin with salicylic acid for its anti-inflammatory properties with resorcinol in an ethanol base. The resorcinol in this unique formulation is key because it allows the peel to penetrate deeper without being too aggressive.
If your skin is extremely sensitive, we can even add additional acids, such as mandelic acid derived from bitter almonds to calm and soothe the skin as it peels. If you suffer from rosacea, you would benefit greatly from a Jessner’s peel including phytic acid derived from rice bran to brighten the skin rather than lactic acid.
The Medium Peel
Peels that are medium in strength use trichloroacetic acid to encourage your skin to peel. If you have fairly sensitive skin, we can combine the trichloroacetic acid with salicylic acid. This type of peel is ideal for clients who are concerned about the appearance of fairly deep wrinkles and folds, acne scars, significant sun damage, and hyperpigmentation.
The Deep Peel
While it is perfectly safe, the deep peel requires the strictest adherence to post-treatment care requirements. Also known as a phenol peel, the deep peel uses carbolic acid to completely resurface your skin. Depending on the type and severity of your skin concerns, the carbolic acid can be combined with salicylic or resorcinol acid.
The concentration of acid used in your peel will determine the frequency with which you receive follow up treatments. Phenol peels that are not cut by other acids are so powerful and provide such lasting results that they may only be used once in a lifetime.
How to Care for Your Skin After a Facial Peel
Don’t Touch Your Face
One of the questions we get asked the most about facial peels is how to care for skin after receiving one. We know it’s tempting to “speed along” the peeling process by picking at the peeling skin. However, this is the worst thing you can do for the health of your new skin. Doing so can lead to infections and acne breakouts.
Depending on the strength of the peel you receive, you should keep your fresh skin dry for 12 to 24 hours. Once we determine the ideal strength to achieve your goals, we will advise you on how long you should keep your skin dry. You may take a bath on the same day as your treatment as long as you do not get your face wet.
Discover How to Rejuvenate Your Skin Today
Your skin takes a beating every day from the sun, the wind, vehicle emissions, and other pollutants. This can leave your skin looking dull, ruddy, and wrinkled; but you don’t have to settle for damaged skin.
Different types of Chemical peels can rejuvenate your skin as no other skincare treatment can, addressing all these problems and more with ease. To learn more about these revolutionary treatments, please contact us today at Maven Medical Arts in Draper, UT to book an appointment.