If you are searching for a solution that can not only improve the texture and appearance of your skin, but one that can also assist in eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, a chemical micropeel could be just what the doctor ordered. A chemical micropeel is performed by a certified aesthetician using a solution of chemicals to reveal a smooth and youthful looking complexion. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and can be broken down to three important layers. The top layer or outermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis, the middle layer is called the dermis and finally the deeper subcutaneous layer of tissue is called the hypodermis.
Types of Chemical Peels
The knowledgeable aestheticians at Skin and Body Refinery will examine your skin before selecting the chemical peel that is best suited to your needs.
Light or Superficial Chemical Peels: Superficial peels are the mildest of all chemical peels and are considered to be safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Just as the name implies, a superficial peel does not penetrate the skin and is often referred to as a topical or surface peel. Light chemical peels are used on the outer layer of the epidermis called the stratum corneum or horny layer.
Medium Chemical Peels: This type of chemical peel is designed to penetrate the skin to the epidermal layer and in some cases to the papillary layer of the dermis, although this is dependent on the technique used during the application of the product. Medium peels can be used to effectively target aging skin, alone with reducing pigmentation caused by sun damage.
Deep Chemical Peels: Are the most invasive of all chemical peel procedures as they are designed to penetrate thought the dermis essentially burning the skin to eliminate damage. Recovery is up to 14 days and although more painful than other chemical peels, they are extremely effective at revealing bright, smooth, beautiful new skin.
What Type of Chemical Peel is Right for My Face
The type of chemical peel selected along with the depth of penetration to the layers of the skin is dependent on many factors including:
• Preparation of the skin
• Skin type
• Treatment areas
• Amount of chemical solution and the number of passes applied to the skin
• The length of time the solution remains on the skin before it is neutralized
• Method of application and the selected technique
• Concentration and type of chemical formula and peeling agents selected
What to Do Before a Chemical Peel
Retinoid Cream – If you are having a light or medium chemical peel, you may want to use a retinoid cream (tretinoin) beforehand to shorten your treatment time and speed the healing process.
Avoid Unprotected Sun Exposure – It is important to use sunscreen consistently at least four weeks before the chemical peel procedure to help prevent irregular pigmentation in treated areas.
Avoid other cosmetic treatments and hair removal – About a week before the chemical peel, avoid bleaching, facial scrubs and massages. Also stop waxing and using depilatory hair removal products during the week before your peel.
Caring for Skin After Chemical Peel Procedure
After your chemical peel has been completed it is normal for your skin to feel dry and irritated. Your Skin and Body Refinery aesthetician will recommend a selection of skin care products specifically designed to care for your post procedure skin. Continue to treat your skin as gently as possible by limiting your sun exposure and protecting your new skin with sunscreen as part of your daily skin regime. Although it may be tempting, you should never pick at your skin. The job of a chemical peel is to burn the surface layer of your skin to reveal healthy new cells. Picking at the skin can result in inflammation and even scarring. You should also resist the impulse to exfoliate or use a heavy moisturizer when your skin is flaky and peeling. Allow your skin to peel naturally to gain the maximum benefit from your treatment.