For anyone who wants to restore a youthful glow to his or her face, a chemical peel is a common go-to treatment. Peels are well-tolerated, pose minimal recovery times, and can transform your appearance after just 30 to 45 minutes. And at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in New York, NY, we customize your peel to meet your individual needs.
How Can You Benefit From a Chemical Peel?
We might start this conversation by saying peels can treat almost any skin concern simply by exfoliating. Exfoliation is a highly-touted skincare technique that removes dead skin cells from the surface. In turn, new, fresh, and healthy cells lying underneath are revealed. This allows us to rejuvenate your face with one or multiple treatments – the regimen can be customized just as easily as the peel itself.
This, then, is the first benefit that comes with a peel: effective exfoliation. Once we apply the chemical solution (this is a crucial step with every peel), we create a controlled wound. The solution is then removed and takes dull surface cells along with it. We reveal new skin with this process, and although it may sound like something you can do yourself, we assure you that our treatments penetrate more deeply and are far safer than at-home kits.
Skincare Products Can Penetrate More Deeply
Our peels also deposit skin-healing ingredients so that we not only exfoliate but simultaneously nourish as well. This gives dry, fragile, and even sensitive skin a boost, like taking a long drink of water on a hot day. But these benefits continue long after you leave our office. In fact, peels are proven to pave the path for your skincare products to penetrate more deeply.
Consider this: most of the serums, masks, and lotions you apply to your face never sink deeper than the surface. Dead cells that cluster together and sit untended create an impenetrable barrier. Removing them lets living skin cells multiply and move to the surface, where they are ready to feed on all the nutrients these products contain. Even better, those nutrients can then migrate to underlying tissues and work at a much deeper level.
Increased Collagen Production
Remember that controlled wound we mentioned a little earlier? It sends a message that internal damage has occurred, and the body responds by stimulating new collagen growth. Now is the right time to explain that chemical peels are classified according to the depth of tissue they reach: superficial, medium, and deep. The depth you receive will depend on:
- The disorder to be treated
- The severity of that disorder
- Your skin characteristics, including overall health
- The area of skin to be treated
The importance of collagen cannot be overstated when discussing skin health. It serves as a scaffolding to support your skin’s curves and contours and also prompts the production of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). These improve skin’s elasticity so it bounces back after being stretched, pulled, and moved and also retain moisture to give a healthy, hydrated glow. In total, these effects help you look younger, softer, and more radiant.
Like Getting a Facelift Without Surgery
Collagen also adds or restores volume for a smoother, more sculpted appearance. This effect is akin to a facelift without forcing you to undergo surgery. And collagen production continues indefinitely so the results can last for months.
Faded Sun Damage
As dead skin cells get removed, troubling discoloration also fades. The treatment of hyperpigmentation and melasma are, in fact, known to be among the most effective uses of chemical peels. While these concerns can appear for a variety of reasons, including sunlight exposure and hormonal changes, all are the result of increased melanin levels in the skin. Preventative measures can be taken to avoid such discoloration, but once it develops, peels can help.
And, thanks to targeted application, we can address spots on the forehead, nose, and chin. For women with the look of a “mustache,” we can address this, as well. Finally, discoloration on the hands and legs can be treated just as easily as that on the face. The point is peels are safe and easy ways to even out skin tone.
Erasure of Fine Lines
We’ve touched on the three levels of chemical peels, each of which is ideal for treating different skin concerns. That which is best for erasing wrinkles and fine lines is often a deep peel, which can provide dramatic results after just one session.
You’ll need longer to recover, and these are popular among older patients, but the change to your appearance can be significant. Moisturizing and protecting your skin from sun damage are key to maintaining deep peel results.
Patients who suffer from regular acne breakouts know how difficult they can be to treat. Topical ointments only go so far and often cause extreme drying, and oral supplements take weeks or months to work. Peels are ideal because they provide a deep, thorough cleanse, unclog pores so they can finally breathe, and eliminate dead cells that only irritate acne-prone skin.
At the same time, they deliver nutrients the skin needs to reduce inflammation and prevent future breakouts. Peels are best for acne when delivered in a regular series, which we can discuss during your consultation. They work just as effectively on blackheads and whiteheads and are far less aggravating to sensitive skin than resurfacing lasers. Peels are also safe for all skin tones.
Reduction in the Appearance of Scars
No conversation about acne is complete without mentioning scars. These can develop at any age, from the teens to the 40s, but also can be removed with peels. The premise here is the same as that of wrinkles. By giving fresh skin cells a chance to rise to the surface – meaning, those that aren’t yet damaged – we can give you a smoother and brighter complexion.
If you’ve ever applied a pore-reducing strip to your face, you know they’re painful. They’re also, unfortunately, highly ineffective. That’s right. Despite the debris that seems to stick to these strips when you remove them, you’re actually just pulling out oils your skin needs to maintain its natural moisture. Peels, on the other hand, can shrink pores so they look less prominent without destabilizing your skin.
Smooths Skin Texture
Uneven skin tone and blemishes make skin look dull and tired. It’s important to know that fresh, properly hydrated skin reflects light. But clusters of dead skin cells, coupled with breakouts, absorb light so you lose that coveted glow. We can restore your natural sheen and help soften skin’s texture simply by removing the dirt that sits on the surface.
Even if you wash your face every day, pores can acquire a build-up of dirt, makeup, and grime from the environment. A peel is like a do-over, a fresh start for your skin so you look more vibrant.
The Peels We Offer
We offer a range of chemical peels at our office to treat a variety of concerns. We’ll start with the VI Peel, a newer formulation that is one of the safest and most effective options available. It can be used on many different skin types, including those with sensitive skin, and delivers dependable results. Chief among these are improvements to skin texture, tone, and clarity. It softens wrinkles and fine lines, reduces discoloration, and delivers a visible glow.
In short, the potent ingredients contained within the VI Peel make it a workhorse when applied to your face. It’s self-neutralizing and contains ingredients that numb the skin for a completely comfortable experience.
Largely considered the gold standard among chemical peels, glycolic acid is lauded for its ability to transform your appearance. This efficacy is owed to its small molecular structure, allowing it to reach underlying tissues and, once there, dissolve dead skin cells and excess sebum. Specific benefits include:
- Fewer breakouts
- Less hyperpigmentation
- Even skin tone
- Corrections of fine lines
- Refined facial appearance
- Renewed luster added to skin
Glycolic acid is unique in that it’s safe for women who are pregnant. Your skin will be more sensitive to damaging UV rays after treatment, so you’ll need to wear sunscreen every day and hydrate with a thick moisturizer.
This ingredient has been used to treat a variety of skin concerns for more than 2,000 years. It’s especially useful in treating acne, as it clears pores and remains there for an extended time to continue keeping them clean. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve inflamed breakouts, clear away oils that cause whiteheads and breakouts, and decongest skin for an overall brighter appearance. It’s also beneficial for treating sun damage.
Derived from bitter almonds, mandelic acid is among the most gentle of all chemical peels. It only penetrates to skin’s surface, but it’s no slacker. Thanks to potent anti-bacterial properties, it’s safe enough for all skin types but tough enough to give skin a healthy, radiant glow. Those concerns that can be effectively treated include:
- Fine lines
This treatment proves the long-standing myth that peels are not appropriate for darker skin tones is just that: a myth. Mandelic acid is especially ideal for darker complexions because it’s so gentle.
Named for Max Jessner, the doctor who developed this treatment’s solution, the Jessner peel has been around for more than 100 years. It falls into the category of medium peels, meaning it penetrates below the surface to deconstruct skin’s top layer. This triggers an inflammatory response from underlying tissues and, because of the skin’s natural inclination to heal itself, the peel is effective for improving hyperpigmentation, scars, wrinkles, and elasticity.
TCA peels remove the skin’s top layer and can be customized according to strength – from light to medium – the number of layers applied, and pre-peel agents used. It works by breaking up keratin, which allows for the removal of damaged skin to reveal smoother and healthier cells.
These peels are safe for all skin types and can be used to treat melasma, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. In short, this ingredient is suitable for treating concerns that light peels are not equipped to address.
A Tailored Approach
With a high degree of customization and different formulations that address different concerns, peels can reflect your specific needs. And the benefits are unparalleled compared to the quick treatment time. From fewer breakouts to a reduction in wrinkles, these treatments are suitable for nearly all ages. Schedule your consultation today by calling Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in New York, NY.