Chemical peels date back to ancient times. Their earliest uses were documented by ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who combined various ingredients like salt and alabaster with oils and milk. Since then, new ingredients have advanced the technique and allowed for targeted and predictable exfoliation to specific depths or layers of the skin.

Based on this principle, formulas are divided into superficial, medium and deep chemical peels. The appropriate depth is determined not only by the condition treated but other factors like skin type and color. This controlled exfoliation is achieved by selecting the appropriate chemicals and concentrations.

What are Chemical Peels?

Administered by skincare professionals, chemical peels work by exfoliating the skin’s surface to reduce the appearance of blemishes, smooth skin texture, improve radiance, and restore skin health. They are most effective at enhancing cell turnover and improving the appearance on the surface of the skin.

Chemical peels come in many different strengths and acidic formulations ranging from superficial to higher penetrating peels. Some common acids in chemical peels are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). AHAs are often used to treat signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and uneven texture. BHAs are often used to treat problematic skin concerns such as blemishes, large pores and uneven texture. TCA is often used to treat more advanced visible signs of aging and discoloration caused by sun damage, acne, or hormones. 

It is important that chemical peels are performed by a licensed skincare professional with access to high-performing peel solutions that are clinically proven to deliver results.

How do Chemical Peels Work?

Chemical peels improve the texture and appearance of the skin by sloughing off the outer layers of the skin. They are effective facial treatments for improving blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin tone. During the treatment, a pre-determined quantity of the peel solution is applied to the skin for a specified amount of time. This is dependent on the type of chemical peel used, the concentration of the solution, skin type, and skin’s reactivity to the treatment. This solution works by reacting with the upper layer of the skin to efficiently dissolve the bonds that bind surface cells to the skin, ultimately revealing smoother, healthier skin underneath. While some peels are self-neutralizing, most formulas need to be neutralized with a buffering solution or water upon completion of the treatment. The goal is to create a controlled, safe injury to the skin, thereby prompting skin to naturally repair itself and reveal newer, brighter skin.

The action of a professional chemical peel far outweighs the effect of an exfoliating scrub or brush. Best of all, chemical peels are appropriate for nearly everyone. It is a matter of knowing which chemical is best for your skin type and concerns.

What do Chemical Peels Help Treat?

  1. They help reduce fine lines. Chemical Peels reduce the appearance of fine lines by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal smoother and healthier looking skin. Depending on your cosmetic goals, we’ll choose between a light, medium, or deep chemical peel.
  2. You’ll be able to correct sun damage. Did you know that one of the biggest culprits of premature aging is exposure to UV rays? Luckily, chemical peels can help repair and reverse the signs of sun damage on your face, neck, and hands. It is imperative to wear sunscreen on a daily basis to maintain the results of your treatment.
  3. It can help improve acne. During a light chemical peel treatment, your skin will be exfoliated using an alpha or beta hydroxy acid. Done in a series of treatments, these peels can improve mild to moderately severe cases of acne, giving you the clear complexion you’ve always wanted.
  4. It can improve the appearance of scars. Moderate chemical peels can treat both surface acne and some light scarring. To improve the appearance of significant scars, a deeper peel or alternative treatment may be required. We’ll help determine which option is right for you.
  5. It can address pigment issues. This skin treatment is a great way of correcting pigmentation issues such as hyperpigmentation, melasma, and age spots. It can be effective for pigmentation on your face, hands, neck, and chest.
  6. You’ll enjoy better skin tone and texture. Besides addressing your skin concerns, a chemical peel will also stimulate the growth of fresh, new skin. This will improve the overall appearance and texture of your skin, giving you a beautiful glow.
  7. You’ll be able to maximize the potential of your skin care products. By removing the top layer of dead skin cells, chemical peels will allow your skin care products to be absorbed more deeply so that they can work with the maximum effect.

If you are looking for a non-invasive treatment that will help with your complexion by reducing wrinkles, texture, scarring, or other problem areas, contact Neurostrive today to schedule a consultation to see if chemical peels are right for you.