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Are Chemical Peels right for you?

If you want to rejuvenate and revive your skin with a minimum of fuss, bother, and downtime, 

a chemical peel is the way to go. Chemical peels use acids of various strengths to improve the appearance of:

Our expert providers at Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey recommend chemical peels for women and men who want to improve the look and feel of their skin as simply and safely as possible. Chemical peels are not only safe, but they’re also an easy way to keep your skin as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Why are chemical peels both safe and effective? Read on to find out.

Chemical peels remove damage

A chemical peel simply involves applying a safe, tested chemical solution to your epidermis (the outermost layer of your skin) to remove damaged skin cells. The acid acts as an “eraser” to scrub away and exfoliate dead skin and debris. The acid reaches far enough down into the dermis to trigger the growth of healthy new skin, which leads to a more youthful appearance.

In other words, when your skin's dull, a chemical peel removes the damaged surface layer of dead cells so that new, healthier cells grow in their place. To keep you comfortable throughout your chemical peel, you will be provided with a fan as slight tingles will occur. Don’t fret, VI Peels are created with a numbing agent so after 1-2 passes, the tingles simply vanish! 

Various types of chemical peels use different strengths of acids. Your dermatologist understands the differences between them and selects a treatment that is appropriate for your skin type and issues. We offer light, medium, and deep peels, depending on how many layers of skin we treat. 

Some peels are for sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin, your dermatologist is careful to pick a peel that is gentle yet effective. The wrong peel could cause irritation and other side effects if the ingredients are too harsh for your skin type. 

For instance, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) chemical peels only penetrate the top layer of the skin, making it a relatively mild chemical peel. An AHA peel is ideal for women and men with sensitive skin or those who are concerned about the strength of a chemical peel.

An AHA peel is so mild that there’s virtually no recovery time. You can go straight back to your office or other activities after an AHA peel.

Some peels are intense

Other chemical peels penetrate deeper than the skin's surface layer. This gives a more intense exfoliation, which brings dramatic results.

Glycolic, Phenol, and trichloroacetic acid, used in stronger peels, are more intense than AHA. Therefore, you need a slightly longer downtime. There’s more prominent redness, peeling, and itchiness, while your skin heals in the next days to weeks.

Is a chemical peel right for you?

In general, as long as your skin is in good overall health, you will benefit from a chemical peel. You don’t have to wait until your skin is damaged; starting young can help you look young for longer.

A chemical peel treatment is especially beneficial if you have sun-damaged skin, blotches, scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores, or certain types of skin growths. Skin texture and thickness also determine whether you are a good candidate for chemical peels. 

What to expect afterward

With Chemical Peels, VI Peels more specifically, you will begin peeling on day 2-3. By day 7 peeling will subside and you can resume all normal skin care. 2-3 days prior to your peel, please discontinue the use of acids, exfoliation, and retinols/retinoids. You will be given products for your at home care to use for the following 7 days. These are the only products to be used during the 7-day duration. 4 hours post procedure, you will cleanse the skin and begin following your VI Peel at home instructions. Refrain from excessive sweating, heat, or saunas for the following 72-94 hours. 

If you’d like to give your skin a “deep scrub” and rejuvenation with a chemical peel treatment today, call one of our offices in Old Bridge, Freehold, Toms River, or Union, New Jersey, or book an appointment today here on our website.

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