Chemical peels can improve the skin's appearance. They increase cellular turnover, and stimulate production of collagen and elastin. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
- Improve the appearance of mild scars
- Treat certain types of acne
- Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
- Improve the look and feel of skin
An Enzyme Peel is used to deeply cleanse and resurface the skin on the face by treating the upper layers of skin tissue. It is called a peel because it literally helps to peel dead skin cells off of the skin. By removing dead skin cells, the face is left clearer with a more even tone and texture.
An enzyme peel is often made with fruit enzymes that both nourish the skin and help to slough off the dead skin cells. They are also called restorative enzyme peels, because in the process of peeling away the dead skin cells, the skin is restored and becomes healthier and more able to heal and renew itself.
The Lactic Acid peel is the gentlest of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids. It is very versatile and useful in treating a number of different skin conditions. It is most commonly used to help fight acne, for skin lightening, and as an anti-aging peel.
Lactic acid is derived from milk and while it is excellent at resurfacing the skin it also increases the skin's moisture levels.
Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that naturally occurs in sugar cane. When applied to the skin it loosens the thickened surface layers that appear as dry, rough, scaly skin.
Glycolic peels are used to treat mild sun damage, pigmentation and loss of elasticity.
- The Advantages of having a series of Glycolic/Lactic Peels:
- Helps to break down the cross linkages between aging skin cells
- Speeds up the cell turn over rate
- Helps stimulate collagen production and other skin molecules to produce plumper, more even skin
- Rejuvenated skin has a more youthful glowing appearance
- Fine lines may be reduced
- Age spots lightened
- General pigmentation problems may be reduced
- Acne improved and large pores become less prominent
For noticeable improvement, peels are recommended at weekly intervals for 4-6 weeks. Once you have achieved your desired results, maintenance peels are recommended at 2-3 month intervals along with your at home regime to retain the benefits.
Salicylic acid is a Beta-Hydroxy Acid, and is derived from the bark of a willow tree. Salicylic acid's unique ability to penetrate pores makes it an excellent treatment for acne prone skin.
Salicylic Acid chemical peels work to reduce bacteria, inflammation, and excessive sebum formed deep within the pore that can otherwise proliferate and create a rough, blotchy appearance. Salicylic peels also provide marked improvements in skin tone, texture and clarity.
The Jessner's Peel effectively lightens hyperpigmentation, treats and prevents acne, and renews sun damaged skin. It penetrates deeper than an AHA peel alone, thereby making it a great choice for oily skin types or those desiring a deeper peel.
The benefits of a Jessner's Peel are improved skin tone, texture, and clarity. The reduction of acne, clogged pores, shallow wrinkles, and fine lines. It also helps to increase collagen and elastin production.
All peels start with the mildest and build over the 4-6 week session. Your esthetician will discuss the best plan of action with you once she knows what your concerns and desired results are.