Are you unhappy with the fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone, or other blemishes that plague your face? Then it may be time to try a facial peel. This can help you remove the imperfections on the surface and reveal the healthier skin underneath. At RiverwalkMD Aesthetics in Corona, CA, we can help you decide what’s right for you.
What Is a Facial Peel?
A peel is a treatment used for supporting skin health. This is a treatment that uses chemicals to affect the outer layer of skin in a controlled way. Once the skin is affected by the peel, the body’s natural healing process will engage to repair the skin, leaving you with an improved appearance. Our peels also incorporate an exfoliation method to ensure that all of your dead skin cells are removed.
There are three types of chemical peels that have different target areas and are used to treat different skin problems. Most of the time, peels are used to treat issues related to damage from exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light. Many times they can be combined with other techniques, such as laser therapy, to diminish issues caused by exposure to the sun or acne scarring.
Types of Peels
There are three main types of peels. These peels differ because of the chemicals used to create them and the conditions they treat. The main peels include light, medium, and deep peels.
A light peel, also known as a superficial or lunchtime peel, is used to remove the outermost layer of skin and gently exfoliate the layer below. This peel is often used to refresh the face, neck, chest, and hands. This is the gentlest peel and can be used once or twice a month to improve the appearance of wrinkles, acne, or uneven skin tones. It will typically be made with alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid.
A medium peel removes more of your skin, therefore providing better results. It can be repeated every three to nine months. This treatment is often used to improve age spots, wrinkles, rough skin, and skin discoloration. Sometimes it can be used to treat precancerous growths. It is typically made with glycolic or trichloroacetic acid.
A deep peel removes the skin cells down to the lower layer of your skin. This treatment is recommended for scars, wrinkles, precancerous growths, and age spots. You will see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your skin. It can only be performed once on your face. This treatment typically uses trichloroacetic acid or phenol.
Why Are They Done?
Peels are done to improve the look and feel of your skin. They are popular because they are easy and can be customized to your needs. Peels have also been known to make your skin and skincare products work better. You may even find that you do not need as many skincare products after getting a peel.
Many peels are used to reduce the wrinkles which form around the eyes and mouth, such as crow’s feet. They are also popular for reducing wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging. Some types of peels can reduce the appearance of sagging skin.
Many people use peels to improve the appearance of small scars and treat certain types of acne. Depending on what type of peel you go with, it may end your acne and soften the scars left behind.
Peels are also used to reduce age spots and dark patches which are caused by pregnancy or birth control pills. In fact, peels are one of the best ways to take care of melasma, or dark patches on the skin. You may also try peels for blemishes caused by aging skin, hyperpigmentation, or sun damage. Peels can restore a natural look and more youthful skin for people of any color.
How It Works
Since there are three different types of facial peels, they work in three different ways. A light or superficial peel will remove the outermost layer of skin, known as the epidermis. A medium chemical peel will remove the skin from the epidermis and affect the skin in the upper part of the middle layer of skin known as the dermis. A deep chemical peel will remove the epidermis and middle to lower layer of the dermis.
A variety of active ingredients can be found in peels. Trichloroacetic, salicylic, retinoic, kojic, alpha-hydroxy, and glycolic acids are the most popular acids which can be used. In deep peels, you may find that phenol is used. Vitamin C may also be present in a peel.
Preparing for Your Treatment
Prior to your treatment, you may be asked to take antiviral medication, depending on your medical history. You may also be asked to use a retinoid cream or bleaching agent before your treatment to shorten your treatment time and speed up the healing process.
In the month leading up to your treatment, wear sunscreen on your face anytime you go outdoors. The week before your treatment, avoid waxing, bleaching, massages, or facial scrubs in the treatment area. Also, if you are being sedated for your treatment, you will need to arrange for a ride home.
The basic treatment outline is the same for any of the peels. It will begin with you lying down and the physician cleaning your skin thoroughly. Then, the chemical solution is applied to your skin in small areas. For certain peels, a cool compress may be applied to your skin for a few minutes. However, there are specific steps for each peel from there.
A light peel will involve your physician brushing the chemical solution onto your skin. You may feel a tightening sensation as the peel works on your skin. After your skin has whitened, your physician will provide a neutralizing solution to remove the chemicals from your treated skin.
For a medium peel, your doctor will apply the chemical solution to your face. After a few minutes, your physician will apply a cool compress to the treated areas. You may also be given a hand-held fan to cool your skin. For this peel, there will not be a neutralizing solution used. The chemicals will just be wiped off of your face. This peel takes slightly longer than the light peel, but it is still a short treatment.
The deep peel will be different because you will probably be sedated. Then, the physician will apply the chemical solution to your face. To limit your exposure to the chemical, your physician will do the treatment in fifteen-minute intervals, making this treatment the longest. If you are getting your full face done, this treatment could take up to 90 minutes.
Since each treatment is different, each peel will have a different healing time. Light peels are the quickest to heal and deep peels take the longest. Each one will have different post-treatment instructions.
The light or superficial peel will only require up to a week to heal. You will be given a lotion or cream which should be applied until the skin is fully healed. Follow this cream with sunscreen before going outside. You can usually begin wearing makeup the day after your treatment.
Medium peels require one to two weeks to heal. Your physician will give you a soak to use daily for a certain amount of time. He or she will also give you an ointment for daily use after soaking. You will be instructed to take antiviral medication for up to two weeks after your treatment.
You should be able to apply a mild lotion or cream after your treatment, but avoid exposure to the sun during the healing time. You can begin wearing makeup a week after your treatment. You will be required to return to your physician to ensure that you are healing properly.
A deep peel will take two to three weeks to heal. After your treatment, the treated area will be bandaged. You will be provided with a soak that you should use four to six times daily for two weeks. You will also be given an ointment which you should apply after soaking. Once you finish this period, you will be given a thick moisturizer to apply daily for the following two weeks. You will be given antiviral medication for up to two weeks after your treatment.
You should be able to wear a mild lotion or cream after your treatment. You should avoid exposing your skin to the sun for three to six months after the treatment. You may wear makeup two weeks after your treatment. You will be required to return to your physician for several follow-up appointments to ensure that you are healing properly.
Since each facial peel is tailored for the client, everyone can expect a different result. In your initial consultation, your desired results will be discussed. At the end of your recovery time, the damaged skin will have peeled away, and you will see your final results. You can expect to have a more even skin tone, reduced wrinkles, and smoother skin.
Are You a Good Candidate?
It will be determined if you are a good candidate in your initial consultation. We will discuss your medical history and make sure you have no issues which can prohibit you from having a chemical peel. We will then do a physical examination of the area which you wish to have treated, determining the peel that is best for you. You will also discuss your expectations and make sure that a chemical peel is the right option for you.
If a chemical peel is not for you, we offer a variety of other options that can help treat your wrinkled or blemished skin. We have many options that can help your complexion look younger and more even, from Botox to Ultherapy. Specific alternatives to a chemical peel which provide excellent results are the AquaGold Fine Touch treatment and microdermabrasion.
AquaGold Fine Touch
The AquaGold Fine Touch treatment shrinks pores, smooths skin, reduces acne scars, and brightens your overall complexion. It can also enhance the results you get from a laser treatment. This treatment uses Botox, pigment reducers, and fillers to plump and hydrate the skin, encourage collagen production, and tighten wrinkles. This is like a chemical peel because it is a comfortable procedure with little downtime required.
Like a chemical peel, microdermabrasions can reduce wrinkles, even your skin tone, smooth your skin, and provide an overall younger and healthier look. It is also a great option because it can treat acne, scars, and sun damage. This treatment will exfoliate your skin, revealing the fresher layer underneath the surface.
Contact Us Today
Chemical peels can help with a variety of blemishes and wrinkles on your face. If you are ready to take on those blemishes a facial peel may be just what you are looking for. Contact RiverwalkMD Aesthetics in Corona, CA to schedule your consultation today.