Is your skin feeling dry and dull? Are age spots, freckles, or patches of rough skin all you see when you look in the mirror? There’s still hope if you want to show off beautiful, glowing skin when the weather warms up. You can rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel.
At Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey, we offer a range of chemical peels that can revitalize your winter skin. Our expert staff has the knowledge, experience, and training to help make your skin radiant.
Here’s what you need to know about chemical peels and how they can refresh your winter skin.
What’s a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a procedure in which a trained medical aesthetician applies a chemical solution to your face, chest, hands, or neck in order to remove dead cells from your skin. Once you shed your old, damaged skin, your new skin appears fresher, younger, smoother, and more vital.
Undergoing a chemical peel can produce a range of results. For example, it can reduce the appearance of mild skin discoloration, freckles, age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and rough skin. It can even remove some types of precancerous growths.
You can also have a chemical peel to treat acne scars, sun damage, sagging skin, and other skin imperfections.
Are the chemicals gentle?
The thought of applying chemicals to your skin may seem harsh, but the solutions used in a chemical peel are surprisingly gentle.
Chemical peels use mild acidic solutions, such as alpha-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, or trichloroacetic acid.
Although chemical peels may cause some stinging, they aren’t usually painful.
What are the types of chemical peels?
Depending on the extent of your skin damage and the desired results, we perform several types of skin peels, including the following:
Also known as a “lunchtime peel,” this procedure is for mild damage to your outer layer of skin. After having a superficial peel, your skin will need up to a week to heal. You can have light chemical peels as often as every 2-5 weeks.
This peel, which penetrates down below your outer layer of skin and into the upper middle layers, helps treat moderate skin damage. Healing time is longer with a medium peel. Expect treated skin to be red, swollen, and blistered for 1-2 weeks. Medium peels can be repeated in 3-9 months.
This type of peel is for men and women who want a more dramatic outcome. Deep peels use chemicals that penetrate deep into middle layers of skin. Because of the strength of this type of peel, it can be performed only once. Healing takes 2-3 weeks.
What happens after a chemical peel?
During recuperation time, we advise that you follow certain steps to protect your skin and optimize healing. These steps include applying lotion or ointments, avoiding sunlight, and wearing sunscreen. After medium and deep peels, we prescribe antiviral medications to prevent infection.
Who’s a candidate for a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are safe for most healthy men and women. However, we typically advise against getting a chemical peel if you’re pregnant or nursing, have recently taken certain medications, or if you have certain skin conditions, such as rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.
If you’d like to revitalize your skin this winter, a chemical peel may be the right choice for you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey today.