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A Guide to Three Different Chemical Peels

Last updated 7 years ago

As we get older, our skin gets older as well. Collagen loss, sun damage, and wrinkle formation are just three of the issues that plague our skin as we age. Recently, chemical peels have become one of the most popular forms of treatment for these skin issues and many more. There are a variety of different types of chemical peels designed to target specific issues and skin types, including:

  • Superficial Chemical Peels. This is the most basic and mild type of chemical peel, which typically works as an exfoliant, removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Superficial peels use an alpha hydroxy acid that is carefully applied to the skin’s surface and left on for a short amount of time, approximately ten minutes. This process impacts the very top layer of skin, or the epidermis, removing dead skin cells to improve the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and sun damage.
  • Medium Chemical Peels. These peels are stronger than superficial peels, using trichloracetic acid to reveal more beautiful and glowing skin. Medium peels target the lower layer of skin, and can be used to promote healthy collagen growth, resulting in firmer and tighter skin that appears more youthful. Medium chemical peels can also remove damaged outer layers of skin, making them a great treatment for wrinkles, lines, and discoloration.
  • Deep Chemical Peels. This is considered to be the most intense type of chemical peel, using phenol to penetrate multiple layers of skin. Deep chemical peels are typically reserved for the most extreme or serious cases. Unlike other types of peels, phenol peels are applied only to the face. Deep chemical peels can be used to treat both fine lines and deep wrinkles and creases. They are also great for reducing pigmentation issues and facial blemishes.

The skin experts here at Elements Laser Spa can help you decide which type of chemical peel is right for you. We work with a variety of skin types and treatments so we can provide valuable professional insight. Give us a call today at (512) 444-4600 to learn more!


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