How A Chemical Peel Can Help Rejuvenate Skin
We all want to look and feel our best in the skin we’re in, but damaged skin can steal your confidence. If you are suffering from acne, a dull complexion, wrinkles, fine lines or other signs of aging, a chemical peel may be just what you need to rejuvenate your appearance. But how does a chemical peel work?
To understand how a chemical peel achieves such glowing results, you first have to understand the anatomy of the skin. Made of 3 layers, each tier has its own physical makeup and function. On top is the epidermis, which acts as a shield against water, germs, sunlight and other foreign objects that could otherwise enter the body. The epidermis is primarily made of keratin, a protein, and melanin, which is responsible for skin color. Moving inward, the dermis is made of elastin and collagen. Hair follicles, sweat glands and oil glands all originate here. Finally, the innermost layer of skin is called the hypodermis. This is where the skin is connected to the muscles and bones underneath and where fat is stored.
On its own, your epidermis skin cells have a turnover period of about 30 days. Over this period, new layers of skin cells form in the hypodermis and slowly move their way up to the epidermis as old, damaged cells on the outer epidermis are shed. Aging, sun exposure, stress, diet and hormones can all slow this process down. A chemical peel speeds the process up, revealing newer skin sooner.
During a chemical peel, chemicals are applied to your skin to remove layers in a controlled manner. By “damaging” the outer skin cells, your body is forced to speed up the cell turnover process, revealing better skin faster. A light chemical peel will just focus on the epidermis, while a medium peel also removes part of the dermis. Each has its own benefits, risks, recovery time, and maintenance schedule. Your doctor will discuss which is the best fit for you, your lifestyle and your ultimate skincare goals.
After recovering from your chemical peel, which can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, you will be rewarded with rejuvenated skin. You’ll have fewer wrinkles and breakouts, less noticeable fine lines and a more even and bright complexion.
Curious about chemical peels? Ready to find out how a chemical peel can rejuvenate your skin? Dr. Kevin Perman prioritizes patient education in determining if a chemical peel is the appropriate procedure for you, so schedule a consultation today by calling (301) 571-0000.