A chemical peel is a facial treatment that, when applied to your skin, reacts with your cells to encourage the top layer to peel off. Underneath, you’re left with brighter, smoother, younger skin. If done in a professional studio environment, chemical peels are non-invasive and don’t penetrate beyond the epidermis or papillary dermis. Don’t mistake them for being less effective, however, as a deep peel can have extremely dramatic results.
Unlike some facial treatments, a chemical peel is a versatile option that can have myriad results, which is just one reason why chemical peels are increasing in popularity in major cities like New York. You can undergo a deep peel for a full revitalization, or relax with a minor peel and be back to business after lunch.
Either way, here are just a few of the skin conditions peels can help with:
Crows feet and fine lines
Chemical peels can also be great for fine lines and early signs of aging. This might require a medium or deep peel, depending on your severity, but some people notice a difference even with a light peel.
Once the chemical solution is applied and the outer layer of skin has peeled, the skin underneath is newer and more elastic. For this reason, it tends to look and feel smoother and less wrinkled, while the fine lines will be significantly less noticeable. Many people report that the overall look and feel of their skin is smoother and more youthful. It’s a win-win all around!
Acne-induced Discoloration or Age Spots
As we age, various factors can cause our skin to discolor. This can be due to genetics, trauma to the skin (such as acne scarring), sun damage, general aging, or even just the stress and bustle of living in New York City. While these aren’t always dangerous, they can be a source of discomfort for some people.
A chemical peel can be a great way of treating some of these surface discolorations. After the treatment, the topmost layer of your skin will peel off naturally over the course of a few days (maybe up to a week for a deep chemical peel), and, along with it, much of your surface discoloration will too. It’s a great option for those who want a safe and effective way to reduce pigmentation.
As we age, things like diet, lack of hydration, air quality, and genetics can cause the skin to lose its tightness. While topical skin creams with ingredients like Retinol can be a big help in counteracting this, sometimes you just need an extra boost to give your skin back some elasticity.
After a chemical peel, you’ll likely find your skin looks and feels tighter. That’s because once the epidermis has sloughed off, the skin underneath is younger and more hydrated. It hasn’t been exposed to harsh elements or the environment, so it has a fresh, new glow. To keep it looking and feeling its most elastic, ensure you stay hydrated and stick to a skincare regime. Many people choose to undergo a light peel every few months to keep their skin looking its tightest and smoothest.
Some people undergo chemical peels to reduce the appearance of scarring. Whether this is fairly minor – acne is a common cause – or from trauma, facial peels can also be instrumental in improving the color and texture of scar tissue. In some cases, a deep peel might be the best option for this, especially if the scar has heavy discoloration or is large in size.
Much like they do with sun damage or hyperpigmentation, the natural reaction of the chemical peel causes a heavy layer of the dermis to peel, and with it, the top layer of most scar tissue.
Far from being a quick vanity procedure, chemical peels are a surprisingly versatile skincare option that work to treat many conditions associated with aging. From fine lines and sunspots to skin that’s lost its elasticity, there are so many challenges that can benefit from a peel. One quick appointment and you’re left with skin that looks and feels smoother, brighter and younger.