Freshen Your Face for Fall with a Chemical Peel

Sep 15, 2019

Freshen Your Face for Fall with a Chemical Peel

Freshen Your Face for Fall with a Chemical Peel Now that beach season is winding down, you may realize the summer sun has taken its toll.

Freshen Your Face for Fall with a Chemical Peel

Now that beach season is winding down, you may realize the summer sun has taken its toll. Whether it’s sun damage, acne, or signs of aging, fall is a great time to get a fresh face with a chemical peel.

Chemical peels sound a bit scary to those who haven’t tried one, but it’s a simple procedure that results in younger-looking skin. Chemical peels can treat:

  • Age spots
  • Crow’s feet
  • Scars
  • Acne
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging
  • Hyperpigmentation and melasma (tan, brown, or gray patches on the skin or on the cheeks, upper lip, and forehead)

What is a Chemical Peel?

A universal chemical peel is an application of a chemical solution on the face, neck, or hands. The solution will cause your skin to exfoliate and peel off. The result is smoother, softer skin with reduced age spots, acne scars, or other damage. There are different types of chemical peels, including:

  • Superficial Peel – Also known as the “lunchtime peel,” this treatment penetrates only the outer layer of skin and can improve mild skin discoloration and rough skin.
  • A Medium Peel – As the name suggests, this one goes a bit deeper, penetrating the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove damaged cells. This approach is better for those seeking to remove fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, improve moderate skin damage, or remove age spots. Medium peels can also treat some precancerous skin growths, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
  • Deep Peel – The deep peel uses a different chemical solution to remove damage, including moderate lines, age spots, and shallow scars. A deep peel produces more dramatic results, but can only be performed once.

Generations Family Practice Wellness Center Perfect Freshen offers two options from Topix Pharmaceuticals, as well as a SkinCeuticals ‘sensitive skin formula’ peel that are classified as superficial peels. For a deeper approach, the Replenix Perfect 10 Peel in Intermediate, Advanced and Universal may be an option. Talk to your Generations’ consultant to determine the peel best suited for your skin type and needs.

Getting a Chemical Peel

The application process does not take long. While some people report a mild burning or stinging, it doesn’t tend to be painful. After the procedure, your skin will feel tight and then begin to peel off in about three days. Many people find they prefer to remain home during the healing process because the skin is red, may look swollen, and then begins to flake.

The healing period varies with the type of peel. The superficial peel is the fastest, healing in less than a week, while the deep peel requires up to 21 days to fully heal. Your esthetician will talk to you about care for your skin during this time.

The side effects of peels include higher sensitivity to the sun (temporary), some changes in skin color, scarring, and reactivation of old cold sores. After getting a chemical peel, it’s critical to avoid smoking and sun exposure.

Talk to our team at Generations to determine which universal chemical peel is right for you and to learn more about the process. Read more about our chemical peels or book your consultation.