What is a chemical peel?

natural makeup beauty eyes and lips female young modelChemical peels have been used for hundreds of years, and the odds are good that someone you know uses chemical peels as part of their skin care regimen. You may be wondering what all the fuss is about chemical peels, and if they are right for you.

How does a chemical peel benefit skin?

Chemical peels exfoliate the skin, which means getting rid of old, dead cells and prompting new, blemish-free, younger-looking, softer skin to grow by stimulating collagen and elastin to grow.

In Dr. David Altamira’s office, there are two types of chemical peels given: light/superficial and medium. A light peel removes the outermost layer of the skin. Natural peeling agents are used, such as lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid – acids that come from plants or even sour milk. Medium peels get down into the deeper layers of the skin using trichloroacetic acid.

Chemical peels can be used to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, and even freckles.

After your chemical peel, your skin may feel tender, dry, and sensitive, and it may look red. There may be some flaking of the skin. However, these are the only side effects you might have, and chemical peels are considered to be very safe. You should avoid too much sun exposure and avoid using a harsh cleanser or exfoliator when washing your face at home.

Almost anyone can have a chemical peel, although you should mention to your skin care specialist if you have sensitive skin or if you’ve had skin disorders in the past. Also, if you have very deep lines, a chemical peel may not be effective – dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, or dermal fillers may be the better option. Your skin care specialist can help you decide what would work best for you.

Chemical peels make a great addition to your skin care regimen – many people make it a point to get a chemical peel at least a few times a year. To learn more about chemical peels, contact the office of Dr. David Altamira, in Sugarland or Houston. Call (713) 271-9000 for an appointment today!

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