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Cosmetic Chemical Peels:

Overview

The application of cosmetic chemical peels to improve the condition of your skin is a simple, yet highly effective way to achieve renewed, glowing skin. Chemical peeling remains quite popular in the cosmetic skin industry. It is a technique that improves and enhances the smoothness of the skin using various acids. Most chemical peels are applied on the face. However, chemical peels may be applied over any part of your skin. This includes the hands, chest and neck. It is an effective low technology way to improve your skin’s condition and diminish the appearance of scarring. While effective, chemical peels professionally applied, will have fewer side effects (almost no side effects) as compared to advanced laser technology and is safe for all skin types.

Introduction

Chemical peels using various solutions can remove the outermost layer of the skin and resulting in glowing skin with improved rejuvenation. A chosen peel solution is applied to the skin. This solution essentially “burns” off dead skin and eventually results in peeling followed by wound healing. The end result is the uncovering of newer, regenerated skin. This regenerated skin feels smoother and softer, having less wrinkles, less blemishes and more supple than the older damaged skin.

Peel solutions come in various strengths depending on the type of acid used and the concentration of acid. Very mild superficial peels are available for home use. More intense medium and deep peel solutions are available at physician-run Medical spas. Professional application of deeper peels is recommended to prevent skin injury and scarring.

Types of Chemical Peels

 There are various types of chemical agents available for skin peeling. These agents can be suspended in different carrier solutions depending on the desired effects. Each solution is offered at different acidity levels to achieve a gradient of mild to deep peeling. Our custom chemical peels are different from one another in terms of it’s impact on exfoliation and skin remodeling.

Chemical Peel Procedures at the AnewSkin Aesthetic Clinic and Medical Spa DC

At AnewSkin Aesthetic Clinic and Medical Spa, a variety of skin care concerns can be expertly addressed with a variety of chemical peel solutions. These will be tweaked and customized for your unique skin. Common skin conditions that can be treated with chemical peels include sun damage, acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration of the skin. Our chemical peels highly effective and results driven. Our priority is the safety and efficacy of all our peel solutions.

Some of the standard chemical peel solutions offered at AnewSkin Medspa include the following. All of which can be further customized by adding brightening and anti-aging solutions at various concentrations:

Jessner Peel

Jessner peel is a medium depth peel that is effective in removing the superficial layers of your skin. It can be used on almost all kinds of skin to treat aging signs, sun damage, and to lighten up the darker areas of your skin (hyperpigmentation). This treatment option is suitable for people who are experiencing various skin problems. This includes rough texture, acne, skin discoloration, oily skin, and wrinkles. Jessner’s chemical peeling at AnewSkin Medspa is effective in reducing your skin’s oil production and un-clogging blocked pore which can lead to acne. The Jessner peel is the combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol for deeper penetration and exfoliation of the skin. Higher concentrations of these acids are used in our peel solutions.

Lactic acid component provides deep skin exfoliation, salicylic acid penetrates deep within the pores to dissolve impurities and unclog your pores. Lastly, resorcinol is effective in treating acne and inflammation. Depending upon the skin condition, additional components including brightening agents, anti-inflammatory agents, etc can be added to this peel solution. One or more layers can be applied by your aesthetic skin specialist for increased depth of the chemical peel. A white frost may appear on the skin, which will disappear under LED phototherapy. Peeling will be observed within 3-5 Days and could last for a week.

Vi Peel

Vi peel is a mild yet compelling medical chemical peeling method used exclusively for the treatment of multiple skin conditions. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, acne, acne scars, sunspots, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, oily skin, and enlarged pores. Vi peel is quite safe and can be used virtually any area of the body including the neck, arms, chest, face, legs, back, and under-eye area. It is a combination of TCA (trichloroacetic acid), salicylic acid, vitamin C, phenols, retinoic acid, and minerals. Various strengths of Vi Peel are available. At AnewSkin Medspa we offer the highest concentration of Vi Peels, known as the Vi Peel Precision plus. A particularly potent peel for acne is the Vi Purify Peel with Precision Plus.

This chemical peel process is mostly painless, but people with sensitive skin may experience burning or tingling sensation. This is tolerable and fades within a few minutes. During the Vi peel process, first, your skin is cleansed, and then this solution will be applied in layers. With each layer, the peel solution penetrates the dermal layer, to target toxins and dead skin cells. The peel will dry-off quickly, and you can wash your face 4- 6 hours after the application. A post-treatment kit is provided to enhance the result of your peel

Glycolic Acid Peel

Glycolic acid is a natural derivative of sugar cane and a member of the AHA, or alpha hydroxy family. Applied topically, it acts as a mild chemical exfoliant and will penetrate and loosen the outermost layer of the skin. Removal of the damaged layer of the skin will reveal smooth and revitalized skin. It is another resurfacing treatment offered at AnewSkin Medspa. Chemical peels with glycolic acid are mostly used to treat and cure skin discoloration, acne, acne marks, and to reduce symptoms of aging. Glycolic acid expertly applied is quite safe and effective.

During the treatment, a very light layer of various strengths of this peel is applied over the skin and the skin is closely monitored. Once the right skin penetration is achieved, the peel is neutralized. Skin healing is enhanced with LED phototherapy. Over the next few days the damaged outer layer of the skin is shed, and newer rejuvenated skin is revealed. However, not every glycolic peel will lead to skin shedding, as a result of the diverse peel concentration available. High concentration peels require professional application for optimal safety and efficacy.

Salicylic Acid Peel

Salicylic acid peels are used as a treatment option for deep exfoliation of the outer layer of the skin. This peel will work by breaking the bond holding the skin cells together, thereby resulting in peeling. Salicylic acid will also penetrate deep into the pores and dissolve impurities. As a result, this kind of peel is an excellent solution for blackheads, acne and clogged pores.

A salicylic acid peel at AnewSkin Medspa can be a mild and gentle experience. Salicylic acid peels are therefore an ideal option for people with very sensitive skin who will not tolerate other peeling solutions. Though gentle, it is effective in smoothing out the skin, for improved skin texture. It will also soften fine lines and wrinkles.  In addition, it is highly effective in the treatment of active acne and associated dark spots.

First, your skin will be cleansed, then the peeling solution will be applied over your face in layers. During this process, your skin is monitored closely. Subsequently, once the appropriate end point is reached, the peel solution is neutralized. Once peeling starts, in 3-5 days, you will notice that your skin will subsequently become brighter and more radiant.

TCA Peels

Trichloroacetic Acid Peels are very effective superficial ablative skin treatment that can essentially “dissolve” the outer layer of the skin. It is an effective treatment of severe acne scars. Higher concentrations of TCA provide deep chemo-exfoliation of the skin and can lead to scarring if incorrectly applied. Deep chemical peels are a much less comfortable procedure, but this can easily be managed with topical cooling techniques. Following this chemical peel, you can expect the skin to start peeling 3-5 days later. It is essential to keep the skin well moisturized throughout the healing process.

Conclusion

Almost all of the chemical peel treatments offered at AnewSkin Medspa contain a synergistic blend of carefully selected ingredients. These are designed and incorporated to deliver fast, low risk and therefore, effective results. As a result, this treatment is beneficial to the skin by enhancing the removal of residing dead skin cells and to promoting the formation of collagen.

Before deciding on whether a chemical peel is the correct treatment for you, consult an aesthetic medicine specialist. In order to achieve your desired outcome, remember that there are a variety of chemical peeling solutions available at different concentrations. Selecting the right chemical peel for you consequently requires a detailed skin examination and expert recommendations. The aesthetic medicine physicians at AnewSkin Medspa will perform a specialized skin analysis under six different light conditions. Therefore, we are able to determine which chemical peel will give you the desired results.

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