Light Chemical peels results in healthier, glowing skin. This approach to the superficial chemical peel uses a new generation of alpha hydroxy in combination with other peeling agents to minimize irritation.
Just as there are a number of different skin products lines, there are a number of different chemical agents, which when applied to the skin surface will cause exfoliation and rejuvenation. Superficial (light) chemical agents such as salicylic acid can provide similar results to that of microdermabrasion. Like microdermabrasion, these superficial chemical peels are most effective when done in a series of treatments. The various types of chemical peeling agents come in different strengths. The strength often determines the depth of penetration by the chemical into the skin surface. The effects of superficial peels are limited to the outer epidermis, the dead skin cell layer.
Number of Peels
Series of 3 peels is recommended
Face, Neck, Chest
Some patients notice slight flaking, but it is minor. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Weeks to months depending on the number of treatments
The immediate benefits include radiant and glowing skin, which is evident after one peel. A slight tightening of the skin, improvement in clarity, better color and smoother skin texture are also benefits you will notice after lite peel treatments.
What are the effects of aging on my skin?
Our skin is constantly rejuvenating itself. New cells develop from the deeper layers, pushing the older dying cells to the surface. These non-vital cells act as a protective barrier and flake off throughout the day. Due to excess sun exposure, the environment and natural aging, the layers of dead skin cells begin to accumulate on the outer surface. The glue that holds these cells in place becomes more adhesive, resulting in a dull, rough wrinkled texture. At the same time, pigment cells begin to group together, giving rise to splotchy pigmentation and capillary blood vessels become visible on the surface as small spider veins.
What is skin rejuvenation and resurfacing?
Very simply, skin rejuvenation and resurfacing are treatment options that remove the outer layers of the skin to improve the texture, clarity and overall appearance of your skin. Skin rejuvenation can be achieved in a number of ways. Think of these options like the rungs of a ladder. The bottom rung represents superficial treatments that remove the outermost layers of dead skin cells. As you move up the ladder of options, you penetrate deeper into the skin layers to effect more change. With more change comes a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance. However, deeper treatments are also accompanied by greater risks. So it comes down to choices. Fortunately, in this day and age, we have many options.
What can skin resurfacing treat?
There are various levels of chemical peels. Depending on if you choose lite, medium or deep, these are some of conditions that can be treated with skin resurfacing:
- Static Wrinkles: These wrinkles are visible at all times and do not change in appearance with facial movement.
- Dynamic Wrinkles: These are expression lines that may appear as folds when the skin is not moving and may deepen with facial movement or expression.
- Pigmentation: Freckles, sun spots, melasma, or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure.
- Scars: As a result of acne or injury to the skin, scars may be rolling (a wavy appearance to the skin), pitted, discolored, or have raised borders.
- Vascular Conditions: Blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, vascular lesions that appear as tiny blood filled blisters, or even a constant flush of facial redness.
- Loss of Skin Tone: Weakening of the supportive skin structures (collagen and elastin fibers) that result in a loss of skin firmness or the development of cellulite.
How can skin care products help me?
Skin care products, ones that are either dispensed in a physician’s office or sold by prescription, break down the sticky glue between the dead skin cells of the epidermis, causing them to exfoliate. There are literally hundreds of skin care products available on the market—Retin A, Tretenoin, glycolic acid, just to name a few. There are two things you should remember about all these products. One, they all do the same thing, and two, they are all equally effective. It ultimately comes down to your physician’s clinical experience in dealing with your particular skin type and your satisfaction with the product price, look, and feel. It may come down to trial and error when trying to find the correct fit. Skin care products are at the lowest rung of the ladder of skin rejuvenation. Results will be subtle and generally take 3–4 months to materialize. These products will typically improve the appearance of your skin from point A to point B, but most of us expect to see significant improvements. We want to be up at point D, E and F, and we want it yesterday. Skin care products alone won’t get you there, but they are an important first step in the rejuvenation process. Individuals looking for better and faster results need to move up the ladder and consider in-office resurfacing options.