What Is A Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing treatment that removes layers of damaged skin using a liquid solution. Peels help replace old layers of skin with newer, fresher skin, resulting in a beautiful, smoother, more radiant appearance. Chemical peels can be performed on the face, neck and hands.
There are 3 different levels of chemical peels: light/superficial, medium and deep.
Light peels use a mild acid to gently exfoliate the topmost layer of skin, and is a great treatment for dryness, acne scarring and mild skin discoloration. Medium peels penetrate the middle layer of skin and are more appropriate for visible sun damage and noticeable wrinkles. Deep peels penetrate the deeper levels of skin and work great on scars, pigmentation, prominent wrinkles and long-term sun damage. It’s important to note that deep peels can only be performed on the face.
Why Is Fall The Best Time For A Chemical Peel?
After a chemical peel, your new skin is delicate and highly sensitive to sunlight. You must wear sunscreen everyday to protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Exposure to UV rays after a chemical peel can cause unsightly pigment deposits in the skin. Since UV levels are lower during the fall and winter, and because we spend less time outdoors, they are the ideal seasons for recovery.
For patients who are receiving a series of chemical peels spaced out over the course of several months, they can complete an entire set of chemical peel treatments without having to worry about high sun exposure. You will still have to apply sunscreen daily, but the chance of UV damage is significantly reduced. Moreover, it is easier to rest and recover indoors during the colder months than it is during the summer.
Another added benefit of getting a chemical peel during the Fall is that, if you time your treatments correctly, you will have a refreshed, beautiful skin in time for the holidays and family gatherings. If you’re receiving chemical peels during the winter, you can rest assured that your skin will look fantastic by the time spring rolls around.
Dr. James Cardi and his talented staff are extensively experienced in providing chemical peels, along with other medical aesthetic treatments such as body sculpting and microdermabrasion. Dr. Cardi can help you decide if a chemical peel is right for you, and select what level is appropriate for your unique skin type and aesthetic goals. In order to get the fastest response to scheduling and clinical questions, please call our office. You can also request an appointment online.