Dermatologists explain ‘why use chemical peels’ to reduce lines and wrinkles, lighten dark spots and unclog pores
Our skin undergoes a renewal cycle after every 28 days. The old skin is shed off and newer layers of skin are revealed. The old skin accumulates as dead skin cells on the surface of the face. Deposition of dead skin cells leads to a dull complexion. The best way to get rid of the dead skin is through chemical exfoliation.
Chemical exfoliation is achieved by applying a low to high strength chemical peel. The peel comprises Alpha Hydroxy Acids such as lactic or glycolic acid, Beta Hydroxy Acids such as glycolic acid, or a combination of both. These acids break down the bonds of skin cells, causing them to come loose and slough off the skin.
Chemical peels are a type of restorative cosmetic procedure that is easy to perform and carries minimal risks. It leads to younger-looking, brighter and firmer skin. Chemical peels are particularly effective in treating the following skin conditions.
- Acne is a common condition of the skin that is characterized by the appearance of red bumpy pimples. It occurs due to an overproduction of oil by sebum glands. Excess oil clogs the tiny pores present all over our skin. Bacteria infect these clogged pores and lead to inflamed, red, and bumpy skin.
Chemical peels perform the following actions which can be helpful in treating mild to moderate acne:
- Regulate oil production
- Cleanse the hair follicle from trapped debris and oil
- Act as a bactericidal and get rid of inflammation-causing bacteria
- Increase the absorption of other topical treatments such as retinoids
- As acne heals, it leaves behind ugly reminders in the form of scars and marks. Scars are deep pitted indentations that are caused due to the loss of collagen. In some cases, scars appear as raised bumps of skin that are caused due to excessive production of collagen as a part of the acne healing process.
Chemical peels slough off the top layer of skin which reduces the appearance of bumpy scars. Chemical peels also help fill in the deep pitted indentations by stimulating collagen production. Medium-strength peels are ideal for treating acne scars.
- Rosacea is characterized by the appearance of red bumps, swollen and red skin. The bumps are similar to acne breakouts but the cause of rosacea is inflammation, not bacteria. Dermatologists don’t have a definitive answer as to what triggers rosacea. However, chemical peels have a soothing effect on rosacea-prone skin. Chemical peels are effective in treating mild to moderate rosacea.
Treats Signs of Aging
Chemical peels increase cell turnover and stimulate the skin to produce more collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen gives skin a youthful and supple appearance. Most signs of aging start to appear due to the gradual loss of skin elasticity. Regular application of chemical peels will keep the skin supple, strong and remove the signs of aging such as:
- Age spots
- Uneven skin texture
- This is a skin condition that is characterized by the appearance of rough patches of skin. Also known as precancerous growth, these patches are caused due to excessive and unprotected exposure to sunlight that spans over multiple years. Chemical peels reduce the appearance of actinic keratosis and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
To get the maximum benefit of a chemical peel, the treatment should be performed by a skilled aesthetician. Our skilled aestheticians at Missoula Wellness and Medispa will provide you with the best treatment, suitable for your skin type. Call us at 406-549-6600. We are located in Missoula, MT.