Chemical Peels in New York City
A Chemical Peel is a treatment used to improve the appearance of the skin on the Face, Neck or hands. Chemical exfoliation refers to acid peels, Jessner’s solution and enzymes.
What Is a Chemical Peel
Alpha hydroxy acid and Beta hydroxy acid are 2 major types of acids used to enhance appearance of the skin. Most acids are naturally occurring and derived from food including:
- Lactic acid ( Milk)
- Glycolic acid ( Sugar cane)
- Citric acid (Citrus fruits)
- Mandalic acid (Bitter almonds)
- Malic acid (Apples)
Salicylic acid is the only Beta hydroxy acid used in skincare and naturally occurs in willow bark, wintergreen leaves.
When applied to the skin the solutions stimulate the exfoliation of epidermal cells by interfering with and bonding between cells and sloughing of rough, dry and dull skin . Unlike physical exfoliation (scrubs and rotating brushes for example), chemical peels promote cellular renewal by increasing cellular turnover, improving the skin’s barrier function and boosting the hydration levels.
Right candidates can expect safe results of smoother skin, minimized fine lines and wrinkles, lighter pigments and age spots, decreased blemishes.
Chemical Peel Side Effects & Recovery
Results and downtime will depend on a number of factors such as the depth of the peel (Light, Medium or Deep), the type of solution, it’s percentage and pH level, and the amount of layers applied.
Common results include smoother skin, minimized fine lines and wrinkles, lighter pigments and age spots and decreased blemishes.
Common constraints include:
- active cold sores and cystic acne
- sunburned skin or tanning bed use
- use of prescription topical and acne medications, some antibiotics
- severe eczema, psoriasis or rosacea
Each situation is unique, which is why we recommend coming in for a consultation to determine which treatment is best for you.