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Three Types of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a great way to revitalize and refresh the skin. Many people use chemical peels to reverse the signs of aging. For people suffering from blemishes, acne scarring and sun damage a chemical peel serves as a solution. There are many different types of chemical peels. Which chemical peel is best is dependent on the need of the client. Below is some helpful information about which type of chemical peel a client may need.

  1. Light Chemical Peel

A light chemical peel or Glycolic Acid Peel is generally for people that have mild skin condition. The peel is made of glycolic acid that is found naturally in sugar cane, depending on the needs of the clients other ingredients are added. Light chemical peels can be done on the whole face or just spot treatment for problem areas. The whole process usually takes less than an hour and clients have little to no recovery time.

The light chemical peel benefits clients with mild acne scarring and sun damage. The peel removes the outermost layer of skin and leaves behind the layers that are less likely to have damage. The exfoliation process encourages the skin to produce more elastin and collagen creating a tighter more vibrant look in the end.

  1. Medium Chemical Peel

A medium chemical peel or Trichloroacetic Peel is best for people with blemishes, scars, uneven pigment or darkness under the eyes. This chemical peel is more intense than a light chemical peel but requires less recovery time than a deep chemical peel. The benefits of a medium chemical peel are improved texture and tone to the skin.

The process for a medium chemical peel includes cleaning the skin, applying the chemical peel, letting the peel sit, washing the peel off and applying ointment to help soothe the skin. It is recommended to consult with a doctor before doing a medium chemical peel. For best results this peel should be done in a series of treatments.

  1. Deep Chemical Peel

A deep chemical peel also known as a phenol peel is the most strenuous peel. Deep chemical peels are only recommended for clients that have severe skin conditions. Clients with darker skin or freckles should not get a deep chemical peel as it will have lasting damaging effects. The deep chemical peel is made of carbolic acid and should be not be done more than once a year. Due to the strength of the chemicals this peel should be done on the whole face, this is unlike the medium and light chemical peels which only required spot treatments.

The recovery of the deep chemical peel is long results typically take 10 days or more to be seen. In order to get the deep chemical peel clients must be sedated and the whole procedure will take over an hour.

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