If you are looking for a simple technique to revitalize and rejuvenate your face, a chemical peel is a wonderful way to do it. Peels improve skin tone and texture, so they can give a quick boost to dull, dry skin. Two of the questions most commonly asked about chemical peels are – ‘How many chemical peels do I need to see results?’ and ‘Do I have to continue treatments over and over again?’
A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical substance to the skin that exfoliates unwanted skin cells, causing them to eventually peel away. Peels are classified according to the depth of penetration – there are superficial, medium and deep peels.
Alpha hydroxy acids, which are derived from milk and fruit sugars, are commonly used for chemical peels. Inflammation and sun sensitivity are the two major side effects of chemical peels, so after treatment a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection should be used.
What Do They Do?
Chemical peels accelerate cell turnover by removing the dead skin on the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of the skin. These skin cells normally shed every few days, but the process often slows due to sun damage, and the effects of aging.
Getting rid of the old cells gives way to skin that is more radiant, healthier and less wrinkled. It’s the ideal way to brighten the complexion and ease conditions such as sun damage, wrinkles, facial discoloration and melasma.
Chemical peels also stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is a key skin ingredient that helps to shore up the underlying structure of the skin, and keep it tight.
SkinMedica Chemical Peels
At Skin Cancer Specialists in Atlanta, we offer the innovative Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels by SkinMedica. These peels address the skin irregularities that occur as a result of aging and sun damage. They are suitable for all skin types based on the Fitzpatrick Skin scale.
How Many Chemical Peels do I need to see Results?
The number of peels required to see results depends on the condition being treated. If you are treating concerns such as sun damage or acne, multiple peels will be required. Some improvement will be seen after each peel, but it typically takes a series of 6 peels to see the full effect.
Do I Have to Continue Treatments Over and Over Again?
It all depends on the type of peel that’s being done, in addition to your skin type and the condition of your skin that determines how many chemical peels are required. Superficial peels can be performed on a regular basis just to keep your skin looking refreshed. However, medium and deep peels penetrate further and are therefore prescribed based on the skin condition that needs to be corrected.
If you are suffering from a specific skin condition such as acne, sun damage, enlarged pores, or wrinkles, your dermatologist may recommend a series of peels in order to get the condition under control. Once that’s done, a maintenance program may be recommended, which usually consists of having a chemical peel done every 3 to 4 months, but again, the frequency will be determined by the condition of your skin. Peels are usually scheduled 3 to 4 weeks apart because it’s important to give the skin a chance to recover.
Although exfoliating the skin has its benefits, we all know that too much of a good thing can be harmful, and exfoliating too frequently can lead to skin damage. Over-exfoliation can cause the skin to become thin over time, and also lead to hyperpigmentation.
When it comes to chemical peels, the reality is that a single strategy will not work for everyone. That’s why it’s so important that clients consult with a board certified dermatologist to determine the most appropriate chemical peel for their skin type and the schedule at which it should be applied.
Chemical peels are a great way to recharge the health of your skin and get it looking smooth and younger once again.
If you are in the greater Atlanta metro area, contact Skin Cancer Specialists, P. C. & Aesthetic Center for a consultation. We will do a thorough evaluation of your skin, and determine which peel would be right for you.