What is a Chemical Peel?
Peels are an excellent way to remove debris from clogged pores as well as clear away the surface layer of dead skin. This removal process encourages cellular turnover, giving your skin a fresh and radiant glow! Chemical peels are also used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin, and scars, typically on the face. Peels can be done at different depths, from light to deep. Deeper chemical peels offer more dramatic results but also require more intensive care and longer recovery periods.
The team of professionals at Internal Beauty Med Spa has high levels of expertise at administering chemical peels as well as safely managing your recovery for optimal results. Our experts can help recommend the right strength of peel based on your skin goals and offer critical insight into preparation for the procedure!
Which Chemical Peel is Right for You?
During your initial consultation, your expectations and skin goals will be explored while also gathering more information about your medical history. Based on these factors, an appropriate chemical peel treatment plan will be crafted for you. There are three chemical peels, each penetrating the skin to three different depths:
Light Chemical Peel
A light (superficial) chemical peel removes only the outer layer of skin. This version is most effective at treating fine lines, wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. During a light chemical peel you can expect:
- Your doctor will gently apply a chemical solution typically containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid. The treated area of the skin will begin to whiten as the chemical action occurs.
- You might experience a mild stinging sensation while the chemical solution is active.
- Your doctor will apply a neutralizing agent or wash to remove the chemical solution.
Medium to Deep Chemical Peel
A medium to deep chemical peel permeates deeper than the light peel, removing skin cells from the upper part of your middle layer of skin. It’s used to treat wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. You might need to repeat the procedure to achieve or maintain the desired result. During a medium chemical peel:
- Your doctor will gently apply a chemical solution containing trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid. The treated area of the skin will begin to whiten as the chemical action occurs.
- Your doctor will apply a cold compress to soothe treated skin for your comfort.
- You may experience a burning sensation for approximately 20 minutes as the peel runs its course
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
During your consultation, we will review your medical history to make sure there are no health conflicts. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions and a list of any medications you are currently taking. After which, we will conduct a physical exam by inspecting your skin and the area to be treated to determine what type of chemical peel might offer you the greatest results and benefits. Lastly, we will discuss your expectations. What are your motivations, expectations and do you understand the potential benefits and risks?
After the Procedure
After a chemical peel of any depth, your skin will be red, tight, irritated, or swollen. This is a natural response to the treatment, meaning it has effectively broken down cellular tissue and the healing process can begin.
It is important to follow all directions for sun protection, cleansing techniques, moisturizing, and using protective ointment. Avoid harsh skin contact, friction, or scratching if at all possible.
Chemical Peel Therapy in Greenbelt, Maryland
If you are looking for a clearer, more even appearance, chemical peels can help you achieve your skin beauty goals. Our treatments can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and uneven tone to give you the radiant appearance you’ve been dreaming of! Call our offices or schedule an appointment online with the team at Internal Beauty Med Spa!