Skin damaged by sun exposure is one of the most common aesthetic concerns among patients at our Westchester County dermatology practice. Various treatments are available to reverse sun damage, but chemical peels are one of the most popular and effective.
If you’ve ever researched chemical peels, though, you’ll know there are a wide range of options. That can be confusing, so let’s take a closer look at the types of peels we use at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, & Laser Surgery.
What Are Chemical Peels?
Before describing the different types of peels we use, it’s useful to know generally what chemical peels are and their benefits. Chemical peels involve applying a solution to the skin that exfoliates it and eventually causes the skin to peel. Peels improve the skin’s appearance, helping the skin look smoother and more youthful than before the treatment. Peels are typically referred to as either superficial, medium, or deep, depending on the ingredients used in formulating the peel.
What Are the Different Types of Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels use acidic solutions to produce the desired improvements to a patient’s complexion. Dermatologists can adjust the strength of the peel, as well as the amount of time the solution remains on the skin.
Here’s a look at different types of chemical peels:
Glycolic acid peels: Patients who can benefit from glycolic acid peels want to refresh complexions dulled by the accumulation of dead cells. Regular glycolic acid chemical peels help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne, and treat superficial discoloration, in addition to revealing a brighter complexion.
Salicylic acid peels: Our newest peel, Perfect 10 by Replenix® uses rich blend of well known and effective acids including salicylic acid, which works by dissolving dead skin cells that clog pores and reduce redness and inflammation. A high-concentration peel penetrates deep into the skin and is extremely effective for treating oily blackheads and whiteheads. As with glycolic acid peels, salicylic acid peels slough off dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, softer, and refreshed complexion.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels: We recommend these more aggressive treatments for patients whose primary concerns are hyperpigmentation (discoloration) caused by sun damage. TCA peels are very versatile and can be used for lighter skin types. Compared to laser skin resurfacing—which is often considered a treatment alternative—TCA peels are quite cost-effective. TCA peels can be light, medium, or deep. If a patient can afford a bit more downtime (up to a week off from work), a medium or deep peel produces effective results in a single treatment session.
You’ll see results after the skin peels and the redness fades, but it can take about 30 to 60 days to notice the final outcome.
If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels and looking for a dermatologist in Westchester County, NY, contact us using the online form to request a consultation. Or give us a call at our Mount Kisco office at (914) 241-3003.