Understanding Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are some of the best skin rejuvenation treatments out there right now for patients who need a reduction in skin conditions like wrinkles, scars, and other problems. But it is important to understand each type of chemical peel so that you can get a better idea of which one is right for you and your unique needs and goals.
The Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is some form of chemical solution that is applied to your skin to remove a portion of it, triggering the formation of brand new skin tissue that pushes up from beneath old, damaged skin. Each type of peel has its uses for different skin problems, and the type that you need can be determined at your consultation.
Peels for Brightening the Complexion
Glycolic acid is a common ingredient in superficial chemical peels to treat minor wrinkles, scars, and dull skin tone. Think of superficial chemical peels as a type of mild exfoliation to break up the outer surface of the skin that is composed of dead skin cells, oils, and dirt. Removing this material has a brightening effect on your complexion and can help improve the product absorption of lotions, creams, gels, ointments, and serums.
Wrinkles and Light Scars
A chemical called TCA is often used to help reduce light lines and wrinkles and superficial scars. This type of peel will actually remove some of the living skin tissue called the epidermis, leading to the formation of new skin tissue.
Deep Wrinkles, Scars, and Hyperpigmentation
A deeper type of chemical peel may be used for treating more stubborn skin complaints like deep lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and more severe scarring.
What About Aftercare?
Once you have had your chemical peel treatment, you will want to make sure that you achieve the best long-term results possible by taking care of your skin appropriately. Avoid picking or pulling at the skin after your peel. You should also avoid exfoliating your skin in the days after your chemical peel treatment since your skin will be more sensitive than usual.
Book Your Consultation
If you’d like more information about treatment with chemical peels, feel free to book your initial consultation with our expert at Dermatology Center of the Rockies, located in Estes Park and Longmont. During this appointment, we can address whatever questions or concerns you may have about this popular treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started!

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