It never fails, every year around mid October it seems that chemical peels become a part of our daily discussions here at Camas Medspa. Summer has officially ended and while we all try really, really hard to keep our skin protected from the sun, f you are anything like me you probably spent your summer months on the water or in the mountains, or at beach, or any other outdoorsy type place that ultimately gave you a beautiful brown glow that we all know is bad, but looks ohhhh soooo good!
And, so now here we are in October and our rose colored sun glasses have been put away for the Winter and we are left with skin that is peppered with a few more wrinkles and a lot more sun spots, and so…the chemical peel conversations begin!
Types of Chemical Peels
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons about 1.4 million peels are administered every year and for good reason, they provide amazing results!
Most people think of chemical peels and become a little bit nervous as visions of peeling sheets of skin fill their imaginations, but not all chemical peels are alike. No matter what fancy or seasonally addictive name is attached to the newest peel trend, there are ultimately 3 types of peels.
- Lunchtime Chemical Peels
- Medium-Depth Peels
- Deep-Depth Peels
Lunchtime Chemical Peels
“Lunchtime Peels” are the mildest and take about 30 minutes and require little prep (if any) and no downtime. Some redness for 20 minutes to half an hour may occur afterwards, and there is usually dryness or flaking over the course of a few days, but otherwise, it is back to business as usual. Typical acids used in superficial peels include glycolic, salicylic, kojic acid and malic acid.
These peels are good for treating fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and dark spots, and to help tighten the skin. These types of peels are fantastic if you are getting ready for a big event!
Medium Depth Chemical Peels
Medium-depth peels generally use trichloroacetic acid at concentrations and are considered “medical grade” peels and are only typically available at medspa’s like Rosy Glow.
Medium-depth peels can help treat skin that has a significant amount of photodamage, sun spots, mild to moderate acne scars, crepey skin under the eyes or dark circles.
These peels to have a downtime with significant peeling and red skin that needs followup home treatment with ointment.
Deep Depth Chemical Peels
Deep peels, which target more serious skin issues such as severe acne scars, excessive sun damage or looseness of the skin, use higher concentrations of trichloroacetic acid and typical downtime is about seven to 10 days, but could even last two weeks.
“What about at-home peels ― do they work? ” At-home chemical peels are effective, but the results are minimal. The strength of a peel you can buy over the counter is going to be much lower than what’s administered by your esthetician or Medspa.
Both medium grade peels and deep peels require time to get the skin prepared using specific products provided by your esthetician. Depending upon the strength of the peel you are getting, this prep period could last anywhere from 4 weeks to 5 months.
Are Chemical Peels Right For You?
What I love about chemical peels is they can provide great results for low cost.
If you are interested in learning more about which chemical peels is right for you, schedule a FREE CONSULTATION by calling 360-335-4951.