from a blog by Maggie Kittredge, Medical Aesthetician
Chemical peels often contain safe, organically derived ingredients and are good for most skin types.
Chemical peel treatments are a mainstay of aesthetic skin care. They often are used to combat acne and skin discoloration and to prevent premature aging of the skin. However, the name of the treatment seems scary to some people who envision harsh chemicals being applied to the skin and, therefore, do not consider peels for themselves.
The most widely known peel ingredients are glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid. These substances are derived from sugar, milk and willow tree bark. The acids are proven to be good for dry, mature or oily skin. Other ingredients come from natural sources such as various fruits, flowers, almonds, wheat or mushrooms. The chemicals derived from these sources help dissolve dead skin, promoting the growth of new, healthier skin.
Since the skin is made up of many layers, different peels target and penetrate different levels of the skin. Peels also are chosen depending on the skin’s condition. For instance, if someone has sensitive, highly reactive skin, a very mild peel may be chosen that only removes the top layers of skin. Alternatively, someone with acne or hyperpigmentation may receive a peel that penetrates deeper and contains stronger ingredients.
Most skin types and conditions can be treated with a chemical peel, including skin prone to rosacea, but it is very important that the right peel is chosen. For this reason, a medical aesthetician or physician needs to be consulted before treatment. Physicians may administer all types of peels, including those that penetrate deep into the skin and contain very strong ingredients, while qualified aestheticians can administer mild and mid-depth peels.
Your skin type/condition and the peel chosen will determine how you react to the treatment. Under some circumstances, patients may experience flushing immediately after treatment and feel tightness in the skin for several days, followed by little to no peeling. Others may be very red during the procedure and feel as if they have a mild sunburn with heavier peeling on subsequent days. In summary, chemical peels can be very good for a variety of skin types and conditions. The key is to work with a qualified professional to determine the type of peel that best suits your skin. Our medical aestheticians at Carolina Aesthetics are available to discuss and recommend peels during a free 30-minute consultation.
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