Chemical peels are popular skin resurfacing treatments that use a chemical solution to remove damaged outer layers of the skin.
The peeling action reveals newer, smoother and brighter skin underneath. Chemical peels provide many benefits for skin renewal, anti-aging, acne scarring, sun damage and more. They can be tailored with different depths and formulas to target specific skin concerns for face or body.
This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about getting a chemical peel. We’ll compare the most common types of chemical peels, how they are performed by providers like Bellava MedAesthetics, their benefits for skin rejuvenation, optimizing results for different skin types, expert advice from top local practitioners, costs, aftercare, and more.
Comparing Common Chemical Peel Types
Not all chemical peels are the same. Westchester County providers offer a range of chemical peel types and depths to resurface skin and stimulate renewal. Some of the most popular include:
VI Peels are one of the most powerful chemical peel treatments available at Bellava MedSpa. These medical-grade peels utilize a synergistic blend of acids including TCA, retinoic acid, salicylic acid, and phenol to achieve dramatic skin renewal. VI Peels are uniquely formulated to minimize complications and downtime while providing exceptional results.
They improve skin tone, texture, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne, and melasma. Bellava’s highly trained aestheticians customize VI Peel treatments based on each patient’s skin type and goals.
Glycolic Acid Peels
Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and works as an effective exfoliant. Glycolic acid peels loosen the bonds between dead skin cells to reveal fresher skin. They also boost collagen production. Glycolic peels come in light to medium depths. They provide gentle exfoliation suitable for first-time chemical peels.
Lactic Acid Peels
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from milk. It has larger molecules than glycolic acid so it does not penetrate as deeply. Lactic acid peels offer very mild exfoliation with less irritation. They hydrate while renewing the epidermis. Lactic peels work well for dry or sensitive skin.
Salicylic Acid Peels
Salicylic acid peels use beta hydroxy acid from willow bark extract. The ingredient is lipid soluble so it can penetrate oil-rich pores and exfoliate inside them. Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties. These peels help clear acne, smooth rough texture, and minimize enlarged pores.
Chemical Peel Process
Chemical peels should only be administered by licensed, experienced medical aesthetics professionals such as our practitioners at Bellava MedAesthetics. Here is an overview of how most providers perform chemical peel procedures:
The first step is an in-depth consultation to evaluate your skin and determine the best peel type and depth to address your concerns. The provider will examine your skin under magnification, assess your medical history, and discuss what you want to achieve.
The provider will offer tips on how to prepare your skin for a chemical peel treatment. This may involve using retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, or hydroquinone for a few weeks pre-treatment to prime the skin. Avoiding certain medications that increase sun sensitivity may also be recommended.
On the day of the peel, the provider first cleanses and tones the skin to remove any residue. For light peels, the chemical solution is applied evenly across the skin and left on for a few minutes before neutralizing and rinsing. Deeper peels may involve two or more layers of solution.
Immediately after the peel, the provider applies a soothing balm or moisturizer to the treated skin. Throughout the recovery period, they will recommend skin care products to enhance results and healing. Avoiding sun exposure is imperative.
Most patients require several follow-up visits with their provider after a chemical peel procedure. The provider checks the progress of skin renewal and identifies any potential complications early. Follow-up visits continue until skin looks fully healed.
By selecting an experienced medical spa or dermatology practice for your chemical peel, you can feel confident in the highest quality procedure and attentive follow-up care.