Skin Peels: Choosing the Right One for Your Skin


A skin peel is an effective way to achieve full skin rejuvenation for a fresher, younger look. There are many different types of chemical peels available, allowing you to customize the treatment to your specific needs and skin type. If you are considering a peel treatment, there are a few facts you need to know to choose the best peel formula for your skin. Types of Skin Peels Skin peels range from relatively mild solutions that offer superficial results to deeper peels that offer more dramatic results but require a longer recovery time afterward. Active ingredients in skin peels might include:
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
  • Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)
  • Salicylic Acid (Jessner’s Peel)
  • Lactic Acid
  • Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)
All of these ingredients may be available in varying strengths, which determines how deep into the skin the peel will go. The deepest, medical-grade peels feature trichloroacetic acid, which may be included in either a 20% or 40% concentration or phenol. These peels involve moderate to deep peeling and require a recovery time of 7-14 days.   Getting Results To get the results you want, you must first determine your skin type and specific skin concerns. For example, peels are formulated for the following skin issues:
  • Uneven texture and tone
  • Dull, dry skin
  • Acne breakouts
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Early signs of aging
Patients with extremely sensitive skin or ethnic skin need to choose peel solutions carefully to ensure desired results can be achieved and skin irritation does not occur. Other patients will typically choose a peel formula based on their specific skin concerns, the level of results they want to see and whether recovery time is an option.   Talk to Your Doctor Choosing a skin peel can be a complex process, with so many different formulas available today. Before you schedule your peel treatment, it is important to discuss your options with your physician. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon experienced in skin peels can help you choose the formula that promises the best possible results. Many doctors schedule the consultation right before the peel, so you can get your treatment done in a single appointment.   At Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of skin peels to address a variety of skin concerns. Some of our peel formulas are designed for specific skin types, while some of our lighter peels will achieve positive results on nearly any patient. Deeper TCA peels are also available. Contact Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery at 888-909-FACE to learn more about your skin peel options.
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