Although a procedure called a chemical peel may sound harsh and even risky, the process used to rejuvenate damaged skin is gentle and uses moisturizing exfoliation solutions that safely remove dead skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin. A Chemical peel in Baltimore that is performed by the skilled team at Green Relief Health for the purpose of reducing the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, age spots, other types of mild scarring and discolorations frequently caused by pregnancy and long-term use of birth control pills. Even if you don’t suffer from specific skin damage, a chemical peel will dramatically improve the overall health of your skin by deep cleaning and exfoliating accumulations of skin debris resulting from aging, sun exposure, and common air pollutants.
How A Chemical Peel Works
By applying acids that are conducive to skin rejuvenation such as lactic, glycolic, carbolic, or salicylic acid, practitioners can minimally “injure” targeted skin layers which encourages the skin to begin healing itself. This creates the formation of new skin cells that improves the texture and color of skin that previously suffered from superficial damage. In addition, exfoliation of the skin stimulates collagen production and rapid growth of the epidermis to distribute melanin more evenly. Melanin redistribution is important for skin that is suffering from discoloration due to hormone fluctuations and sun exposure.
Light Chemical Peels
Light chemical peels are great for improving skin tone, fine lines, acne outbreaks, dry skin, and uneven pigmentation. Regeneration of the epidermis is visibly noticeable within three to four days of having the procedure done due to elimination of dead skin cells and an increase in collagen production. Chemicals used in a light chemical peel include beta and alpha hydroxy acids along with a cleansing solution that is applied prior to beginning the actual peel. Treatments can be safely repeated once per week for up to five or six weeks to obtain the results you want.
Another popular light (or medium) chemical peel solution is called Jessner’s Peel and consists of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol, an anti-bacterial exfoliative that also treats fungal infections. Mainly used to treat sun damage and hyperpigmentation, Jessner’s Peel is applicable for all types of skin and is beneficial for patients who suffer from acne. The integration of resorcinol in Jessner’s Peel helps to unclog follicles, decrease production of sebum, and promote healing of acne outbreaks.
Medium Chemical Peel
For acne pitting, more severe discolorations and wrinkles that are more than just fine lines, a medium chemical peel may be more effective than a light peel. A chemical called trichloroacetic acid combined with glycolic acid is generally used to remove dead skin cells from the epidermis and the dermis, which is the layer of skin just below the epidermis. At Green Relief Health, we carry Vi Peel which is a medium depth chemical peel product which is safe for all skin types, is quick, and painless. A great thing about receiving a chemical peel at Green Relief Health is that this can be used in combination, and even on the same day, as you would receive Botox or Dysport injections or even dermal lip filler treatments.
Avoid Sunlight Following a Chemical Peel
With all levels of chemical peels, patients will need to keep skin out of sunlight. After healing has significantly progressed, you are still required to protect skin from UV rays by wearing sunscreen and limiting time spent in the sun. The new skin growth occurring as dead skin cells are shed and collagen production increases is vulnerable to being discolored or damaged from sunlight.
Great Skin Starts Here
Even if you know nothing about treatments to rejuvenate the skin, Green Relief Health’s experienced team of skin care professionals can help you choose your ideal treatments and craft a customized regimen to renew the brightness and beauty of your skin. Your freshly renewed complexion will look healthier, more radiant, and smoother than ever. Contact our office in Baltimore, MD to receive a skin assessment today for a chemical peel treatment.