Overexposure to the sun is one of the leading causes of premature aging. Forgoing sunscreen can lead to hyperpigmentation (brown spots), fine lines, and wrinkles. Over time, repeated exposure to the sun can cause the melanin in your skin to produce brown spots. Some skin types are also susceptible to melasma, which presents as brown patches most commonly found on the face.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Windermere, taking care of your skin is one of our top priorities. For those dealing with sun damage, chemical peels can help refresh the skin and reveal a smoother, more even complexion. Our medical team will work with you to determine the most effective chemical peel for your skin. We can customize a treatment plan that is tailored to your skin and the results you’re trying to achieve. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
A chemical peel causes the skin to shed its top layer while encouraging new skin cell formation and collagen production. After your consultation, we will be able to determine which type of chemical peel is most suitable for your skin as well as the potency that would be most effective.
The optimal starter peel is the lactic acid peel. This mild clinical-grade peel is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, and will help to reduce the signs of photo-aging including fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. Lactic acid encourages cell renewal and helps stimulate collagen and elastin production, which will aid in plumping the skin to give it a more youthful appearance.
A Jessner’s peel is a popular medium-depth peel that consists of three main ingredients: lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol. This peel will aid in the treatment of melasma, fine lines, acne and scarring, and overall complexion. The strength of Jessner’s peels can be controlled by varying the number of layers applied to the skin. Your esthetician will determine the appropriate level based on your individual skin care needs, concerns, and skin type.
Another effective type of chemical peel is a TCA peel, which utilizes trichloroacetic acid. It is related to vinegar and has been used as a chemical peel for more than 20 years with great results. This type of acid helps to fade brown spots, acne scars, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles, and helps reduce the appearance of pore size. Like many types of peels, it can be used as a superficial peel utilizing a lower percentage of TCA. This will remove the outermost layer of skin. A stronger peel will work deeper into the skin and will result in more peeling. More recovery time will also be necessary.
Following any type of chemical peel, your skin will have an increase in sensitivity during the healing process. It is imperative to use sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and to avoid the sun as much as possible while your skin repairs itself. It may be tempting to peel the dead skin that is coming off, but this should be absolutely avoided. This could result in scarring and uneven results. It is imperative to let the skin peel naturally and to keep your hands away from your face at all times. A series of peels may be necessary to achieve desired results.