If your facial skin has been looking dull, spotty, and increasingly aged, you’re certainly not alone. These are all signs of normal and wear and tear, and if you aren’t taking the proper steps to mitigate them, you could wind up looking a lot older than you actually are. Luckily, chemical peel procedures offer a simple, quick, and incredibly effective solution to a broad range of common cosmetic concerns. These short, in-office treatments are capable of balancing and brightening the skin in very little time. Moreover, they’re low in risk, and they entail little to no downtime.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Based on the name alone, chemical peels hardly sound pleasant. In truth, however, getting a medical-grade peel can actually be one of your most relaxing and indulgent experiences. During these procedures, a mild, acid-based solution is applied directly to the face. The provider will choose the acid depending upon your needs and the severity and depth of your skin issues. These products are designed to effectively slough away damaged skin, smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, minimize the appearance of blemishes, and address uneven pigmentation across the visage. As one of the world’s oldest cosmetic procedures, the chemical peel process has a well-documented history in Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt. Throughout time, the chemical peel has consistently proven its ability to both balance and beautify the skin.
Different Peel Types for Addressing Different Skin Care Needs
Alpha-hydroxy acid and other relatively mild acids can be used for the gentle exfoliation of the topmost layers of skin. Peel procedures using these solutions are often referred to as superficial peels. That’s because these products work at a very limited depth and are best used when addressing superficial skin issues such as enlarged pores and mild sun damage. Topical agents containing alpha-hydroxy acid can reduce or even eliminate problems with mild discoloration across the face.
Deeper peels are generally performed with stronger acids. These acids are capable of penetrating the skin all the way down to its deeper layers. They can improve the appearance of freckles, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and mild to moderate discoloration of the skin. Unlike alpha-hydroxy acid, however, these solutions are additionally able to address a variety of textural issues. They are often recommended for people with mild to moderate acne scarring. In addition to smoothing rough and uneven skin, certain applications that work at deeper levels of the dermis can also address certain growths.
Depending on the acid and peel used, these topical solutions can deeply penetrate the skin to eliminate dead and damaged cells from the middle to inner layers and out. People commonly use these treatments to address moderate to severe facial wrinkling all around the face, as well as age spots, sun spots, shallow scars, and freckles.
Of course, the right peel for you will depend on a number of factors and can ultimately be determined during a consultation. We are happy to provide options, as we offer four chemical peels by G.M. Collin.
The Many Complexion Issues That a Peel Can Address
One of the greatest benefits provided by chemical peels is the ability to address a broad range of cosmetic issues with just a single treatment. From tightening loose skin to evening out dark blemishes, this procedure has the power to utterly renew your complexion. As such, it is an excellent choice for anyone who’s looking to freshen up ahead of a long-awaited vacation, a big wedding, or an important job interview.
When performed at a modest depth and with a relatively mild topical agent, a medical-grade peel can entail very limited recovery time and require almost no special aftercare. It is even possible to pair chemical peels with other non-invasive cosmetic treatments to achieve a much more expansive range of aesthetic improvements. When timed correctly, peels and injectables can produce truly impressive results. Combinations like these are frequently chosen by patients who are interested in both minimizing the signs of everyday wear and reversing the natural aging process. The right combination treatment can restore confidence, freshen the overall visage, and make the patient look far more youthful without the need for an invasive skin lifting surgery.
Take At-Home Exfoliation to the Next Level
Exfoliation is a very important part of any comprehensive skin care routine. In fact, if you aren’t exfoliating regularly at home, then you likely have a dry, dull complexion due to built-up waste, dead skin cells, and blocked pores. Gently abrading these accumulations away helps support your body’s ongoing toxin removal efforts. It also reveals the bright, shiny, and ultimately healthy skin that’s hiding just behind the surface debris. In fact, good exfoliation can also gradually break down the damaged skin cells at the deeper layers of skin that are responsible for dark spots, sun spots, mild acne scars, and other visible forms of wear. Unfortunately, however, even the most efficient at-home exfoliation tools cannot keep you fully ahead of all the environmental and lifestyle-related ravages that your skin is likely to sustain over time.
With a needs-specific chemical peel, you can start reversing the progressive signs of long-term sun damage, all other evidence of the ongoing aging process, and even blemishes that are the result of years-long battles with blackheads, among many other things. This chemical form of exfoliation is designed to target problem areas at a sufficient depth for producing rapid and truly impressive results.
The Long-Term Benefits of Chemical Peels
In addition to choosing between different topical solutions for your peel, we will also determine the most appropriate peel depth for your needs. Mild surface peels can be incredibly effective for brightening the skin and evening up some dark spots. Deeper peels create superficial damages at a greater depth to both slough old skin cells away and stimulate the skin’s natural healing abilities. When performed at a sufficient depth, these treatments can even incite increases in collagen and elastin production. Due to this fact, after a series of treatments, many people experience noticeable changes in facial appearance. This is a great way to increase blood flow to the treatment zone, thereby increasing both oxygen and nutrient delivery. With regular chemical peels, countless people have been able to consistently remain one step ahead of the aging process to maintain bright, beautiful complexions that look healthy all the time.
How Many Peels Will You Need to Reach Your Cosmetic Goals?
The number of chemical peels your cosmetic restoration plan includes will be dependent upon both the type of peel that the professional chooses and the nature of the issues you hope to address. In the instance of a deeper type of chemical, one treatment may be enough for you to reach your goals. Most people who require the benefits of light or superficial peels opt for a series of treatments to achieve optimum results. These treatments can be administered on a schedule recommended by the professional as per the healing process and the overall resilience of the skin.
What to Expect During and After Your Procedure
Before starting your treatment, the professional will carefully examine your skin to learn more about your cosmetic concerns and the basic condition of the targeted area. Then, a needs-specific peel will be chosen to help you reach your aesthetic goals. The right peel for any individual is largely determined by the depth of the issues needing to be addressed. For minor, superficial blemishes, a mild and surface level process may be chosen. People struggling with deep and pitted acne scars, dark spots, and other signs of severe skin damage will likely get the greatest benefits from a more aggressive peel treatment.
The skin is lightly cleaned before the topical agent is applied. Depending upon the product that the provider has chosen, this acid-based solution can be left in place to dry, or it may be wiped off after a set time of direct exposure. Next, a soothing and protective moisturizer can be lightly dabbed onto the skin. Before heading out, you’ll be given instructions on how to pamper and protect your skin over the days that follow your procedure. Immediately after your peel, your skin will be hyper-sensitive to sunlight and will require an appropriate protective covering. Wearing a sufficiently high-strength sunblock and limiting exposure to direct sunlight is recommended. As the surface levels dry up and naturally slough away, brighter and healthier skin will gradually be revealed.
Treatments are Becoming Increasingly Comfortable and Gentler on the Skin
Chemical peel procedures have been used for centuries to resolve a number of common complexion issues. Just several decades ago, people could expect their providers to apply relatively high-strength, acid-based solutions to their skin with the primary intention of sloughing away the damaged, topmost layers. Now, however, the topical agents used in these treatments have become far gentler and far more nutrient-dense. Rather than merely removing layers of dead and dry skin to brighten the targeted area, the overarching goal of this process is to incite better skin health all-around. As the body responds to the changes that a peel causes by expediting natural healing, the skin is nourished and supported by a diverse range of stimulating and restorative substances.
Should You Add Peels to Your Self-Care Routine?
While these procedures are designed to be both safe and easy, chemical peels are not for everyone. To find out if a peel can work for you, book an appointment at Life Stiles in Edmonton. These treatments can be ideal for people with large pores, mild to moderate acne scars, sun spots, dark spots, or melasma. In addition to brightening and revitalizing the complexion, chemical peels can even out the skin’s texture and tone to produce a smooth and undeniably youthful-looking finish. Contact us today to set up a consultation and get started!