Chemical Peels in New York City
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. The chemical peel will exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin, resulting in the growth of new, healthier skin cells.
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.
Some of the benefits of Chemical Peels are:
- Improve fine lines and wrinkles
- Enhance skin tone and texture
- Improve sun damage
- Decreased age spots
- Improve acne scarring
There are various different formulas, and since every client has a unique situation, chemical peels are customized to meet your skin goals.
Light Peels use mild acids (typically glycolic acids) to gently exfoliate and remove the outer layer of the skin. Medium Peels involve trichloroacetic acid, which penetrates through the outer layer and gets into the middle layer, which is typically living skin. Deep peels are the most severe, and can address issues like sun damage and wrinkles.
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
Results and downtime will depend on the depth of the peel (Light, Medium, or Deep). Redness and flaking of the skin once the peel is over is normal. Each situation is unique, which is why we recommend coming in for a consultation to determine which treatment is best for you.