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Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching, having a healthy “glow” is always something we strive for all year round.  A regular skincare regime should always be in check to have healthy looking skin.  Chemical peels are an excellent option to smooth the texture of our skin by removing the damaged outer layers (of your skin) due to overexposure of the sun, scars, age spots, acne scars, and rough scaly patches. Chemical peels are mostly used on the face, however, it can also improve the skin on your neck and even on your hands.

Sometimes a gentle cleanser, toner, and moisturizer are not enough to improve the appearance of your skin, thus, a chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. After the summer months, unfortunately, over exposure to the sun can leave your skin dry, aged, and wrinkled and with an uneven skin tone.  A chemical peel is an excellent option to repair the damage and we offer this service in our office by Nurse Maureen.

A chemical peel can help improve the following: Acne or acne scars, irregular skin pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, rough scaly skin, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and helps increase collagen and elastin.  However, chemical peels do have their limitations.  They won’t treat very deep facial lines, tighten sagging skin, minimize pore size, and remove deep scars.

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

In general, both male and female, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are good candidates for chemical peels. If you have a darker complexion, you can have good results as well, depending upon the type of skin issues being treated.  It must be noted that certain skin conditions with severe wrinkles often do not respond well to chemical peels so it is best to make an appointment with Nurse Maureen to discuss your options and see what is the best treatment for you.

How does a chemical peel work?  

A chemical peel involves applying a combination solution (lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol) to skin of the face to remove and exfoliate the outer layers of skin so that a clearer, more evenly pigmented, glowing layer of skin can appear. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother, more even-toned, clearer and less wrinkled than the older skin.

What to expect after a chemical peel?

After a chemical peel, one’s skin is very sensitive to the sun ( so we recommend a peel after the summer ) but this is only temporary, so it is imperative to wear sunscreen every day. It is important to use a sunscreen that protects both UVA and UVB rays – meaning broad spectrum. It is recommended that the SPF should be above 30 for maximum protection. It is best to limit your time in the sun, especially during those peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and always wear a hat.  

Do you still have questions about chemical peels? Give our office a call at:  401.400.4222.  It would be best to consult with Maureen – our Clinical Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) – to determine which is best for you.