Season for chemical peels is open.
September brings cooler temperatures and less sun exposure. Fall is the perfect time to schedule chemical peels to remove brown spots from sun damage, melasma, and acne. Peels can also help reduce acne break outs, correct dullness of the skin, decrease oiliness and fine lines.
What are chemical peels?
There are so many different types of peels, but they are all made of acids, some are mild, like salicylic, lactic and mandelic and some are aggressive, like trichloracetic acid. When acid is applied to the skin it breaks down bonds that hold dead skin together causing it to shed/exfoliate. Chemical peels can be divided into three categories, superficial, medium and deep. The depth determines what layers of skin will be affected, the skin conditions it will treat and the downtime that will follow post peel.
Superficial peels are great for acne and rosacea. They have little to no downtime. They need to be done generally in a series of six, one month apart for the optimal result.
Medium depth peels are great for mild to moderate acne marks and pigmentation issues like melasma or sun damage. These peels will cause more peeling than superficial peels and some redness that will last about 7-10 days.
Deep peels improve deep acne scars, etched in lines and wrinkles and will help to tighten the skin. These peels cause the most redness and peeling which can last from 2-4 weeks. They also require anesthesia.
When is the best time to get a chemical peel?
Fall, winter or early spring are the best seasons to get your chemical peels. It is advised to avoid sun exposure as your skin will be very sensitive after the peel to UV radiation.
Who should avoid chemical peels?
Avoid peels if you are:
- pregnant or nursing
- planning to be in the sun within 4 weeks after a chemical peel
- taking Accutane or have been off it for less than 6 months
- If you have predisposition to keloids
- If you are prone to cold sores, let your provider know so you can be premedicated to avoid a break out that can be triggered by a chemical peel.
- If you are using skin care products with retinol/retinoid, glycolic or salicylic acid, also inform the provider prior to the procedure as these ingredients can cause a much stronger redness and peeling.
At High Point Medspa we offer both superficial and medium depth peels by ZO Health. Please call to schedule your consultation at 201-618-5283, you can also book on line at www.highpointmedspa.com.