One of the longest-lasting trends in the cosmetic and beauty sectors has remained the chemical peel for its skin rejuvenation and anti-aging benefits. A chemical peel is essentially the use of a chemical to remove the top layer of skin and reveal the healthier levels beneath while promoting healing and collagen production. Patients worried about the effects of aging on their overall appearance have been using peels for decades on the face, neck, and hands to maintain a youthful appearance. The exfoliating effects of chemical peels have made this one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures on the market in the 21st century.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Before getting into the benefits of undergoing a chemical peel, it is important for a potential patient to understand just how this treatment works. Most people exfoliate their skin to remove the dead cells from the surface as they shower or wash their face. A chemical peel is simply a longer-lasting form of exfoliation, which uses a form of acid to completely remove the top layer of the epidermis and reveal healthier layers below. Depending on the level of acid within the peel the effects can be last from weeks to months, or even years.
The Effects of a Chemical Peel
The benefits of a chemical peel vary by the degree of acid used when applied to the skin to provide different effects and benefits for the individual. Mild peels often contain just a small amount of acid, usually taken from natural sources to provide an effect lasting for weeks. A superficial chemical peel does not penetrate deeply into the lower layers of the skin and does not create the longer-lasting effects of more deeply penetrating peels with higher concentrations of acid. Despite their low level of acid, superficial peels can still reduce the effects of fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes on the face.
The anti-aging effects of a chemical peel are well-known and include the stimulation of collagen over the course of a number of weeks to create a radiant, healthy glow. Some of the peels are able to target the effects of deep lines, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage which results in a smoother surface of the skin free from the signs of aging. The hydration of the skin is usually improved when a peel is used as the dead cells clogging pores are removed, which also allows skincare products to have a positive effect as they penetrate deeper into the surface of the skin.
Contact us today at Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health if you are interested in learning more about these peels, or to schedule your appointment!