If you have faint acne scars from puberty, existing mild acne, fine lines or wrinkles, or blemishes from the sun on your face, it might be time to consider cosmetic help. A chemical peel is a fast, easy, and noninvasive way to freshen up your look.
At HK Dermatology in San Juan Capistrano, California, Jeffrey Klein, MD, provides chemical peels that can give you the fresh-faced look you crave.
Chemical peel basics
If you want to get rid of signs of aging on your face, neck, chest, or hands, you need to look no further than a chemical peel. Also known as derma peeling, chemical peels can also treat skin discoloration, sunspots, acne, and uneven complexions. It can even improve the appearance of some types of acne scars.
Types of chemical peels
Chemical peels vary greatly in intensity, price, and level of aftercare required:
Superficial or light chemical peels only penetrate the epidermis, which is the top layer of the skin. These are gentler and quicker to recover from, and they only use mild acids.
Medium peels reach the middle layer of the skin, making them able to remove even more dead skin cells.
Deep peels penetrate the top and middle layers of skin thoroughly. These accomplish the most dramatic results, but they’re also more expensive and have a longer recovery time.
Are you a candidate for a chemical peel?
Most people can safely have chemical peels, but the type you get will depend on what you want treating. Another thing to consider is that darker skin tones tend to be more prone to uneven results than lighter skin tones.
Our practitioners will consult with you about the best type of peel, but light chemical peels are the most popular, and they can be combined safely with other treatments.
The advantage of light peels is that they’re less aggressive, so the recovery tends to be much faster. You can also repeat lighter treatments over time to slowly build-up to the results you want or to maintain a healthy glow.
Before and after your chemical peel
In preparation for your chemical peel, tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking or have taken recently. Some medications might interfere with your results, so this is a very important conversation to have. Furthermore, don’t wax your eyebrows or use an exfoliant for several days before your peel.
After your peel, be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations for aftercare. Stay out of the sun, always wear sunscreen ― even inside ― and stay away from any irritants, such as exfoliants, wax, and anything that might be abrasive to your sensitive skin.
Are you ready for a brand new look? To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.