Natural skin rejuvenation slows down as we age. Skin cell turnover takes longer. Collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production slow down. Scars appear more easily, fine lines begin to form, and the complexion becomes dull. Modifying your skin care routine to incorporate a professional chemical peel every 1-3 months can make a big difference in your skin’s look and feel.
The Benefits of a Professional Chemical Peel
You may need a chemical peel if you have the following skin care gripes:
- blackheads and pore congestion
- fine lines
- facial scars
- uneven skin tone and texture
- dull complexion
- sun damage
While young people may need chemical peels to address acne flares, most patients who benefit most from regular chemical peels are 30 and older. They use this professional aesthetics treatment to pick up the slack on the body’s reduced rate of cell regeneration. By incorporating a chemical peel into your professional skin care routine, you can achieve:
- cleaner, smaller pores
- younger-looking skin
- reduced appearance of scars
- smoother tone and texture
- brighter complexion
- reversed sun damage
- reduced breakouts
But how does a chemical peel work to achieve all of these goals?
How a Chemical Peel Works
Different chemical peel formulations achieve different outcomes. Skin care professionals recommend skin peels based on your needs and goals. Combining these peels with other treatments and home products can also enhance your results. There are very superficial peels, performed by aestheticians or nurses, and very deep peels, performed by physicians. Your skin care provider will determine what kind of chemical peel you’ll need during a consultation. Most patients benefit from regular superficial peels, especially if you’re just getting started.
A chemical peel can also be referred to as chemical exfoliation. Exfoliation is often applied to skin scrubs; however, chemical exfoliations provide more even results. They target the top layer of skin to stimulate skin cell death and removal while also purging pores of impurities. Chemical peels can also be called resurfacing treatments. It’s all about encouraging faster skin cell turnover to ensure a brighter, more youthful complexion.
Different Types of Chemical Peel Ingredients
The most common active ingredients in chemical peels are salicylic acid and glycolic acid. Salicylic acid is often found in acne products and work to purge pores of impurities. Glycolic acid is more of a skin resurfacing ingredient, stimulating skin cell turnover and anti-aging benefits. You can receive both during a skin rejuvenation treatment.
Chemical exfoliation takes many forms, however, and can be found in everyday skin care products. These include retinol and retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHA), and even fruit enzymes. These can be found in cleansers, facial wipes, eye creams, and moisturizers.
SkinMedica Chemical Peel Treatments and Exfoliation Products
We love SkinMedica. Their proven treatment and product lines are found in professional skin care and dermatology clinics across the country. Used in combination with other professional treatments and home products, SkinMedica peel and exfoliation products provide patients with more youthful, radiant skin.
- SkinMedica Vitalize Peel uses salicylic acid, a superficial peel ingredient that purges the skin of impurities and imperfections while reducing the signs of aging. Vitalize also includes retinol, a trusted anti-aging chemical exfoliant. Vitalize is meant for patients with mild skin imperfections.
- SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel includes salicylic acid along with malic acid and mandelic acid for full chemical exfoliation. It smooths skin roughness, fine lines, and wrinkles, and results are seen after just one treatment. Rejuvenize is formulated for patients with moderate-to-severe skin imperfections and aging.
- AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by SkinMedica is good for all skin types, gently removing dead skin with every cleansing session. In addition to the AHA and BHA, it also contains salicylic acid and jojoba beads for gentle scrubbing.
- Lytera is retinol free, for those of you who are sensitive to retinol products. It smooths uneven skin tone, brightening your complexion and reducing the appearance of brown spots using Tranexamic Acid and Phytic Acid.
- SkinMedica Retinol products contain soothing moisturizers combined with trusted exfoliator retinol.