Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels effectively treat a host of skin problems including acne, discolorations and fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical solution is applied to the face which removes the damaged outer layer of skin and leaves softer, smoother skin underneath. Most procedures take less than an hour to perform with minimal discomfort during the treatment. There are several types of chemical peels offered today which allows you and your doctor to partner together to find the best formula for your specific needs.
Typically administered as a facial peel, a chemical peel enhances and smooths the texture of the skin. It is an effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Chemical peels exfoliate the outer layers of dead skin, revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture and color.
Chemical peels are available in different strengths and use different types of chemicals to achieve specific results. The type of peel that will benefit you will depend on the results you’re looking for and your skin type, as well as any underlying medical conditions.
Light Chemical Peels: In Washington, DC, Dr. Perman will use a specific formula for your chemical peel based on the characteristics of your skin and your desired result. Light chemical peels are used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation, light sun damage and acne. The solution used for light chemical peels is usually comprised of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic or fruit acids. Light chemical peels are ideal for people who want the benefits of a facial peel but do not wish to spend the time required to recover from a deeper peel. The chemicals used in these peels are mild and remove only the uppermost layer of skin cells. As a result, these peels have few restrictions and most men and women are able to undergo treatment.