It may seem astonishing, but as much as 90% of the early signs of aging you see on the most sun-exposed areas of skin are caused by ultraviolet light. This premature skin aging is not the same as chronological aging, because it physically changes the structure of your skin tissues. Signs of photoaging damage include:
The effects of photoaging typically appear on your face, neck, hands, arms, legs, shoulders, and other parts of your body that other people see often.
A chemical peel is a noninvasive clinical skin treatment that’s designed to address the damaging effects of photoaging safely and effectively. It involves the application of a chemical solution to help gently peel away the top layer of your skin, thereby reducing the appearance of uneven tone and texture, age spots, wrinkles, and other common skin flaws.
Depending on your cosmetic goals, a chemical peel may be applied to your entire face or just to specific areas, such as the wrinkles around your mouth. A chemical peel’s depth of action depends on a variety of factors, including its ingredients, how it’s applied, and how long it remains on your skin before it’s neutralized.
Yes. All chemical peels are designed to exfoliate dead skin cells, improve skin texture, and help open pores. Deeper peels go one step further, helping to correct uneven skin tone and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. The two most commonly performed chemical peel treatments are:
This superficial clinical skin treatment uses glycolic acid to create smooth skin, diminish the appearance of dark spots, and help unclog your pores. A light chemical peel has minimal downtime, and can be done at two- to four-week intervals to help reduce the appearance of fine lines over time. Light chemical peels are an ideal option for patients with busy schedules.
This treatment relies on a stronger concentration of trichloroacetic acid, a chemical that has a more noticeable diminishing effect on age spots and wrinkles. Because medium peels are deeper, however, they’ll leave you looking slightly sunburned for about a week as newer, healthier skin is restored. Most patients only need one of these deeper treatments to get the results they’re after.
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