Any woman (or even man) who has looked into the many skincare options on the market has been confronted with the concept of a peel. They sound fairly straightforward at first glance but do lend themselves up for questioning. After all, it’s easy to start thinking about the procedure, only to be left wondering exactly what gets peeled. Is it the product, or the skin? Or both? In order to clear up some of the mystery behind these procedures, we’ll explain exactly what peels are and how they work. You’ll then realize just how useful these “mystery” procedures really are.
What Is a Peel?
A peel is a skincare procedure that consists of a specific layer of chemicals that are applied to the face. These chemicals (which are much less scary than they sound) are designed to remove the outer layer of skin, revealing cleaner, clearer skin underneath. The chemicals used can vary, based on the exact results needed and the extent of the damage. Since you don’t want to use a peel that will remove quite a bit of the outer layer of skin, you’re better off going for one, letting your skin heal, and then heading back for another until you receive the best results possible. However, there needs to be quite a bit of time in between these procedures, as you don’t want to damage your skin.
What Types of Issues Can They Clear Up?
Peels are designed to remove things like sun damage, acne scars, and even some of the signs of aging, like spots and discolorations. In some cases, peels are paired with microdermabrasion in order to speed up the process of revealing nice, renewed skin. Basically, any type of exterior damage on the outer layers of the skin can be cleared up with a peel. They are designed to remove that damage and reveal the new skin underneath.
Can I Get These Results On My Own?
The quick answer here is no. You can’t. The microdermabrasion systems sold for in-home use are not the same things as a professional peel. They might help with some of the very surface issues that plague you, such as clogged pores, but they do not completely remove the outer layers of the skin. A professional-type peel is not something that you want to attempt at home, as it can lead to disastrous results. In order for the peel to work, the chemicals used must be strong enough and they need to be left on for just the right amount of time. If you try this yourself, should you somehow get access to these materials, you might leave them on too long, damaging your skin.
There are peels designed to help many different skin conditions. Some will remove slightly more of the skin than others, depending on how deep the damage goes. Others are designed for anti-aging purposes. In order to see which type of peel will best meet your needs, you’ll need to see an expert. Contact our Internal Beauty Med Spa team today to learn more about our Chemical Peel options.