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CHEMICAL PEELS

How to Get Clear Complexion?

Glowing Complexion with Chemical Peel for Clearer Skin

There are many types of chemical peels (or facial peels when done on the face!) on the market to solve various problems from fine lines to discoloration, to chemical peel for acne and acne scars. Choosing the right chemical peel is important and it depends on your skin type as well as the underlying medical condition. For example, brown spots or pigment in your skin could be on the surface or deep within the skin. Therefore, a careful clinical examination is vital prior to starting a chemical peel treatment and should be done by a qualified professional. If you are considering a chemical peel for acne, careful consideration should be placed on how that chemical peel will react with your medications used for acne, as well as your skin type. Choosing a chemical peel for clear skin can be an art and glowing complexion is not an overnight event! Furthermore, a clear complexion or a glowing complexion may involve treatments for rosacea, skin cancer, acne or acne scars in addition to the treatments below.

The good news is that chemical peels can be very effective on scars as well. Multiple light chemical peels can be effective especially for multiple small, superficial scars. Because there are a variety of chemical peel agents to choose from, our office can combine peeling agents to help with aging skin even as we treat the scars.

It is important to take special care with sensitive or ethnic skin, to avoid discoloration. Chemical peels can be used on the neck and chest, as well as arms and legs for sun damage reversal treatment, as well as removal of brown spots. Acne patients use can use chemical peel as an add-on treatment once doing a facial peel for acne scarring. Chemical peel for acne can include face, chest and back treatments to remove discoloration, open closed pores, remove and clean follicular openings and help resolve acne.

Dr. Tanya Kormeili specializes in tailoring the skin treatments to your skin types.

Depending on the depth of your chemical peel you could have no recovery to almost 2 weeks of skin shedding. Most peels take up to seven days to heal. During the recovery the skin might be temporarily lighter or darker than normal. You might experience some redness, tightening and swelling. Proper skin care and sun protection after a chemical peel is critical for good outcomes. The actual shedding from the chemical peel is painless!

Exfoliation through chemical peels can date back to Cleopatra! Chemical peels give you an even exfoliation and shed the dead skin on the top layers of the skin.  Chemical peels can be used to correct issues such as uneven skin tone, fine lines, acne and melasma. Deeper chemical peels can help reverse sun damage and help create new skin free of UV damage.

The cost a chemical peel depends on the type of peel you want, the condition of your skin, and other factors unique to your skin. Light chemical peels can cost as low as $190, while deep chemical peels are around $1500 per session.

As long as you are alive, you skin cells will have turn over and are subject to aging. This makes all treatments not permanent unless you are no longer a living being! The results of chemical peels can last years to months depending on the peel!

One of the risks of having a chemical peel is burning and skin discoloration. Certain skin care products should be discontinued for at least 5 nights before chemical peels. These include retinoids, glycolic or salycilic acids, or bleaching creams. Check with us if you are unsure before consenting to any chemical peel treatments.

Lunchtime peels are very superficial. You may be able to start wearing makeup before you leave the office that day. Depending on the depth of your chemical peel you could have no recovery to almost 2 weeks of skin shedding. This means you can wear make up but usually starting the next day. Your ability to wear makeup depends on the depth of the chemical peel and your specific skin condition.

Baby your pretty skin! Use gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreens.  Avoid the sun. Never pick off any peeling skin. Do not rub.  Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating are not encouraged.

Yes, chemical peels are safe when they're used in the right hands. But the process of a chemical peel can result in burning or discoloration as some of its risks. Certain skin care products should be discontinued for at least 5 nights before chemical peels. These include retinoids, glycolic or salicylic acids, or bleaching creams. Check with us if you are unsure before consenting to any chemical peel treatments.

Chemical peels are made of various different acids. Some acids are made of natural fruit acids. Some are synthetic acids. Certain peels in fact are used to reverse sun damage and fight skin cancer formation.

Never buy harsh acids to do chemical peels at home. Burning your skin will not save you money or time! There are creams that contain Rx strength acids that can be used at home for gentle peeling and exfoliation under our supervision.

Generally it is best to get a peel every four to six weeks in the active phase of correction. Once your skin has reached its desired results, you may need a few peels annually to maintain your results.

If you need to correct certain acne scars, discoloration, and melasma skin peels are a great solution. Additionally, chemical peels are great for the chest and arms as well as the legs to reverse the sun damage and freckles as well as pre-skin cancers.

No! This is a myth. Chemical peels remove the dead layer of skin on the top layer of the skin. Deeper chemical peels actually help thicken the dermis (the second layer of the skin), resulting in rejuvenation and less wrinkles, fine lines or laxity.

Chemical Peels can be used for acne scars as well as certain other types of scars. Certain chemical peels promote collagen formation and help the scars heal nicer.

Depending on the type of the peel, you may need to wait 1-6 weeks. Certain skin care products should be discontinued for at least 5 nights before chemical peels. These include retinoids, glycolic or salicylic acids, or bleaching creams. Check with us if you are unsure before consenting to any chemical peel treatments.

Yes. They can be. However, too aggressive of chemical peels can cause scarring or worsening of the acne. However, certain peels are designed to help clean pores and minimize acne scarring.

You will leave our office with specific instructions and skincare products to help care for your skin as you progress with the peeling process. In general, baby your pretty skin! Use gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreens.  Avoid the sun. Never pick off any peeling skin. Do not rub.  Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating are not encouraged.

Burning and discoloration are the worst side effect of chemical peel complication and is rare when done correctly. Most peels take up to seven days to return to normal. During the recovery the skin might be temporarily lighter or darker than normal. You might experience some redness, tightening and swelling. Proper skin care and sun protection after a chemical peel is critical for good outcomes. The actual shedding from the chemical peel is painless!

Yes. Certain chemical peel manufacturers have taken the time to test their chemical peel products on various ethnic skin and demonstrated safety in use in black skin. To make the chemical peel even safer for black skin it is important to show up ready! Certain skin care products should be discontinued for at least 5 nights before chemical peels. These include retinoids, glycolic or salicylic acids, or bleaching creams. Check with us if you are unsure before consenting to any chemical peel treatments.

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