Chemical Peel Appeal
Exfoliation is the removal of some of the layers of the outer skin. Chemical and physical professional exfoliation has a long history from wine and milk baths (tartaric and lactic acid) to pumice polishing ( the forerunner to microdermabrasion) and the blunt knife-like instrument called a strigil, used by ancient Egyptians for scraping the skin (the forerunner of dermaplaning).
There are about 30 layers of skin cells, stacked on each other like bricks and held together with a kind of intercellular glue. Some of these cells are shed each day and after 30 days that outer layer is completely replaced. Skin exfoliation is a natural function of the skin that slows down as we age and with certain conditions like acne, excess oil production and sun damage. Buildup of these dead skin cells results in dull, rough looking skin. Especially with aging skin, blotchy pigment or skin with poor texture, professional exfoliation is of primary importance. Chemical peels are a method to speed up the release of the dull, dead cells.
Chemical skin peels are also used to treat melasma (a skin condition characterized by irregularly shaped patches of brown skin commonly found on the face and neck) and are usually more effective at lightening brown patches than most laser treatments, which can stimulate even more dark pigment. Peels can be performed anywhere on the body and come in a variety of strengths. Our estheticians have a reputation for understanding exactly what type of Chemical skin peel will work best for your specific skin concerns.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could peel off dull, damaged or discolored skin to find the flawless complexion beneath? Chemical peels are the answer and provide even better results than lasers for conditions like melasma and acne. All skin types can be treated with chemical peels and at a fraction of the cost of laser resurfacing.
Today’s chemical peels aren’t just for exfoliating, although they do an excellent job of it. Their goal is to also infuse the skin with ingredients that can rev up collagen production, hydrate, decrease acne breakouts, lighten patchy pigment. After the treatment, skincare products penetrate deeper to be more effective.
Many peel formulations contain multiple types of acid that produce better results with less irritation than single acids and come in a range of strengths.
Medium Depth Chemical Peels- Expect visible shedding and flaking
These peels are stronger peels that produce more dramatic results with each treatment than the lighter peels but also usually cause visible peeling and flaking. Medium depth peels are used to decrease sun damage, improve texture, decrease the appearance of large pores, and lighten patchy pigment. Because medium depth peels will cause some peeling, most people who work Monday through Friday will find that having a peel on Wednesday will allow them to do most of their peeling on Saturday and Sunday. Medium depth peels can be repeated every 3 months as needed to maintain results.
Deep Chemical Peels- More risk and less predictable than other treatments
Deep chemical peels like phenol peels and strong TCA peels, sometimes produce dramatic results but they have a high risk of complications like scarring, pigment changes, and infections. At Getachew Health Center, we have the technology to provide dramatic improvement in skin texture, fine lines, blotchy pigment, etc. without the unpredictability that goes along with deep peels, The Laser Micro Peel or Laser Peel are treatments that can provide the same benefits as a deep peel but with less risk and more predictability, so these are recommended for Getachew health Center clients who desire the results associated with a strong chemical peel.