In this era of the internet, most of our personal information, including our physical appearance, is available for anyone to see. This has made issues concerning our appearance to be looked into even more as more people become self-conscious about them. All these have led to the development of facial cosmetic procedures such as Brooklyn peels. These chemical peels are an effective solution to multiple facial issues. Chemical peels and their applications are further highlighted in the article below.
What is a chemical peel?
This cosmetic treatment (typically administered by a dermatologist or licensed cosmetologist) uses a chemical solution to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. The solution used in chemical peels can vary depending on the desired results. For example, lighter peels may use glycolic or lactic acid, while deeper peels may use trichloroacetic acid or phenol.
The strength of the peel is also variable, with deeper peels requiring a longer recovery time. Most chemical peels are performed on the face, though they can also be used to improve the appearance of the neck, chest, hands, and other body areas.
There are three main types of chemical peels:
Light peels often treat fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Light peels use milder acids, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid to remove the top layer of the skin. This reveals the brighter, smoother skin underneath.
Medium peels treat more moderate skin concerns, such as deeper wrinkles, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. Medium peels use more potent acids, such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or Jessner’s solution, to penetrate deeper into the skin. This results in more dramatic results. Medium peels typically have a recovery time of a few days to a week. The skin will be red, swollen, and peel or flake off.
Deep peels are the most potent chemical peel to treat deep wrinkles, sun damage, and scarring. Deep peels use phenol to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin. This results in the most dramatic results and the longest recovery time. Deep peels typically have a recovery time of two weeks or more. The skin will be red, swollen, and sensitive during this time. The skin may also peel or flake off.
Phenol peels are not recommended for people with dark skin, as they can cause permanent lightening.
Peels can deal with certain skin conditions, such as acne or hyperpigmentation.
Acne: Chemical peels can be used to treat mild to moderate acne. The peels help to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells that can lead to acne.
Wrinkles: Chemical peels can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The peels help to stimulate the production of collagen, which can help to fill in wrinkles.
Sun damage: Chemical peels can help to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin. The peels help to remove the damaged outer layer of skin, revealing the healthier skin underneath.
Uneven skin tone: Chemical peels can help to even out the skin tone by removing the outer layer of skin that contains the pigmentation.
The type of peel that’s right for you will depend on your goals and your skin condition. A consultation with a dermatologist or licensed cosmetologist can help determine which type of peel is best for you. More information about chemical peels can be found on our website or by calling our offices in Brooklyn, NY.