If your skin is feeling dull, you struggle with acne breakouts, or you have uneven skin tone and texture, you may benefit from a chemical peel. This customizable service can be performed to help remove dead skin cells, restore skin texture, and reveal healthier and more youthful skin underneath.
At Vibrant Dermatology in Dedham, MA, we focus on getting to the root of your skin concerns. We develop personalized plans for every patient and we bring years of experience and medical knowledge to the table. Dr. Ip and Marissa-Leavitt, PA-C specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology and serves patients of all ages, skin types, and skin colors.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a customizable treatment that is performed by applying a chemical solution to the skin. This treatment removes the top layers of skin to reveal skin that has a healthier and more youthful texture and tone.
Different formulations can be used to target different concerns. They can provide either a gentler chemical peel or a more aggressive one depending on what you want to address. Common solutions can include mixtures of glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, retinoic acid, and more.
What Do Chemical Peels Do?
Improve Skin Texture
Dead skin cells on the outer layer of the skin can cause it to appear dull or feel rough rather than soft and smooth. By removing this outer layer and prompting the production of brand-new skin cells, chemical peels can improve skin texture and make the skin glow.
Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Deeper chemical peels that remove more layers can help to address fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. By peeling away the outer layer of skin, chemical peels can help to encourage cell turnover. As your body heals from the chemical peel, it can also produce additional collagen and elastin. Together, this can make the skin tighter, firmer, and less lined.
Minimize the Appearance of Pores
Chemical peels can make large pores look less noticeable by removing dead skin cells and other debris from the pores. It can also make your skin tighter which can also reduce the appearance of large pores.
Smooth Acne Scars
Chemical peels for acne scars are a common treatment. If your body does not produce sufficient collagen and new tissue to restore damaged tissue from acne breakouts, it can result in scarring. By removing the outer layer of skin and triggering a healing response in your body, chemical peels can help to smooth areas that have acne scarring.
Reduce Acne Breakouts
Acne breakouts occur when pores become clogged by too much sebum and dead skin cells. This can cause inflammation under the skin. By keeping pores unclogged, removing dead skin, and killing bacteria on the skin, chemical peels can treat acne breakouts and help prevent them from happening.
Improve Skincare Absorption
Skincare products have a more difficult time being absorbed into the skin when there are dead skin cells blocking the pores. By removing the outer layer of skin, your tissue can become much more receptive to the hydration and nutrients of your favorite skincare products.
Chemical Peel FAQ
What Types of Chemical Peels Are Available?
- Light Chemical Peels: Light chemical peels are a treatment that can be added to your monthly skincare routine. They involve the application of gentle acids that remove the top layer of skin and can help improve skin tone and texture.
- Medium Chemical Peels: For more serious concerns such as acne scarring or fine lines, a medium chemical peel may be indicated. Stronger formulations are used to remove more layers of skin and help address concerns that are deeper in the skin.
- Deep Chemical Peels: Deep chemical peels are an intensive treatment that are aggressive but can provide more dramatic results for patients with deeper lines and wrinkles or more serious types of acne scarring.
How Long Do Chemical Peels Last?
How long your chemical peel lasts will depend on the type of chemical peel that your doctor recommends. The deeper the chemical peel, the longer-lasting the results will be. However, lighter chemical peels can be performed more often while deeper chemical peels will need to be spread out to allow the skin to heal and recover.
Who Can Benefit From Chemical Peels?
If you have acne-prone skin, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, large pores, or scarring, you may be a good candidate for a chemical peel. However, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether or not this treatment is right for you. At our practice, our comprehensive dermatology ensures that you have a skincare treatment plan that will take your individual needs into account. We will recommend treatments that can provide effective and lasting results, and a chemical peel may be part of this plan.
Are Chemical Peels for Dark Skin?
The safety and efficacy of any treatment for your particular skin tone and type should always be discussed with your doctor. Some types of chemical peels can be effective for patients with darker skin. We may recommend starting with a lighter peel to ensure that your skin reacts favorably to the treatment.
Book Your Chemical Peel Today
Removing the dead skin cells from your face and giving your skin the benefits of deep exfoliation can improve your complexion and boost the health of your skin. By offering different types of chemical peels, we can customize our services to fit your skincare concerns. At Vibrant Dermatology, we have many services that can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, make the skin firm, reduce acne scars, and make the color of the skin more even. Chemical peels can offer these benefits and more. For our chemical peel services in Dedham, MA, you can call us today or book an appointment online.