Have you ever considered a chemical peel? Perhaps your best friend, co-worker, or favorite influencer has raved about them and how they transformed their skin, and you’re wondering if it would work for you too. Chemical peels work by mimicking the skin’s natural exfoliating process by breaking down the bonds between the skin cells on the outer layer of the skin. As the top layer of your skin begins to peel, new cells are produced revealing a healthier, brighter complexion.
Not all peels are suitable for everyone. The terms light, medium, or deep describe how deeply peels penetrate the skin. Here we’ve broken down the differences between light, medium, and deep chemical peels to help you, along with your skincare professional, make an educated decision on what type will benefit you the most.
As the name would suggest, these peels are the gentlest option. One of the advantages of this kind of peel is that it doesn’t require downtime to heal. It is often recommended for skin brightening and can also help improve hyperpigmentation and the appearance of acne.
At Faces, PLLC, we offer a lactic acid solution for our light or superficial peels. Lactic acid is derived from milk and is generally one of the most tolerated, gentlest types of chemical peels. It works similarly to other acid peels, helping produce new collagen in the skin, and is the best option for dry or sensitive skin.
Medium peels penetrate the skin at a deeper level than a lighter peel can, stimulating collagen production and improving skin elasticity. Trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid are commonly used in medium chemical peels to help treat past acne scars, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. The medium chemical peel is a more intensive treatment and will require a couple of days for your skin to recover.
More intensive peels are needed to deliver significant improvement to skin conditions and concerns, such as deep-set acne scarring, deeper wrinkles, and sun damage. Compared to the light and medium options, deep peels will have more dramatic results and usually only one treatment is needed. A phenol based solution is typically used for this kind of peel and may be mixed with other agents to treat more severe skin concerns. It is more suitable for treating the whole face instead of just specific areas. Because it is the most intense chemical peel, there will be more downtime for recovery, with redness, swelling and peeling lasting several weeks or longer. This type of peel is only performed by a physician.
Schedule Your Chemical Peel at Faces, PLLC in Jackson, MS
Curious how a chemical peel can help improve your appearance and self-confidence? At Faces, PLLC, our team of expertly trained and skilled skincare specialists will help determine the best course of treatment for your individual skin concerns, whether that be a light, medium, or deep chemical exfoliant. Not only is achieving your aesthetic goals possible, but we’ll also help you manage your results and teach you how to properly care for your radiant new complexion.