A chemical peel is a treatment that loosens up dead skin cells that tend to get stuck on the surface of the skin and in the pores and basically the way they work is they degrade the bond within the skin that are keeping those skin cells stuck to the surface of the skin. If you think of the skin as a brick wall, the bricks are the skin cells and the mortar is the biological glue that kind of keeps everything compact. When you chip away mortar it will release the brick. The same thing happens to the skin with a chemical peel. If you degrade that bond the cells will come off much more easily.
If someone has very sensitive skin they have anti-aging concerns, it is best to use a lactic acid peel for them because the lactic is gentle.
Someone who has acne or just a clogged skin or hyper-pigmentation, the brown freckles that crop up with sun exposure, salicylic acid is the perfect choice for them because salicylic acid will loosen the bond and cause the cells to shed off faster but also salicylic targets excessive oils in the skin
There is also a glycolic peel, which is a more intense peel. This is good for people with tough leathery skin with anti-aging concerns.
Many teenagers are seen at the center for cosmetic dermatology for acne and clog prone skin and for them the salycilic acid is perfect choice.
Chemical peels and micro-dermabrasion are quite different. Micro-dermabrasion is likened to controlled sand blasting the skin. It is very operator dependent meaning depending how the aesthetician does it she can do it very conservatively or quite aggressively or anywhere in between. The difference is the chemical peel is degrading the bond that is holding the cell in place. Micro-dermabrasion is blasting the cell off. The ideal patient for micro-dermabrasion is someone who is basically pretty pleased with their skin they are not having a problem with acne, maybe a random break out from time to time but that is not the main concern. The main concern is fine lines, large pores, shallow acne scars.
April recommends her patients come in monthly for a chemical peel.
"Once we get them to the point where we are happy, we are getting the resolution that we want we are reaching our goals then I would want to see them every 4-6 weeks to maintain that.
You can learn more at centerforcosmeticdermatology.com
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