Types of Chemical Peels
Is your skin wrinkled or scarred? Is the tone uneven and splotchy? Age, sun exposure, and acne can wreak havoc on your skin, but cosmetic treatments like chemical peels can come to the rescue. Chemical peels use a chemical solution to remove damaged outer layers of your skin, leaving it with a smoother texture and more youthful appearance. There are a variety of types of chemical peels to choose from that can each improve the look of your skin.
Alpha hydroxy acid peels
Mild chemical peels often include alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), with glycolic acid being the most common type of AHA used. This peel is used to diminish fine lines, create a more even skin tone, and smooth skin. Anesthetic is unnecessary, and discomfort is minimal during or after the procedure. As with most mild chemical peels, multiple treatments may be needed for optimal results.
Beta hydroxy acid peels
Although beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peels are also mild skin treatments, these contain the more potent salicylic acid as opposed to glycolic acid. This makes it a deeper chemical peel, offering longer results. These peels are popular for treating acne patients. Anesthesia is not needed and recovery time is short, but several treatments may be necessary.
Stronger than both AHA and BHA peels, Jessner’s peels are made up of a combination of ingredients. This peel is ideal for skin that is more damaged than an AHA or BHA peel can address, but still does not require a deeper treatment. Anesthetic is typically not necessary, and recovery takes about one week.
A medical-grade chemical peel, the VI peel combines acids with other ingredients like Vitamin C and the popular acne medication Retin-A. Experts claim that the combination of multiple acids at lower strengths provides deeper peel outcomes without as many side effects as other deep peels. VI peels don’t burn like some deep peels, and is virtually painless. These are effective in treating many kinds of skin damage, improving collagen production, and helping remove precancerous skin cells.