A chemical peel is an anti-aging cosmetic treatment that revitalizes your skin through an exfoliation process. Exfoliation is a tried-and-true method for brightening and smoothing your skin, but can the chemical version of it be part of your regular treatments?
Here, our team of expert providers at Serendipity Med Spa in Southlake, Texas, weighs in on whether chemical peels should be a regular part of your skin care routine.
The short answer to that question is: It depends on what type of chemical peel you get.
A chemical peel is a type of exfoliation, and unlike physical exfoliants like sugar scrubs, chemical exfoliation relies on specially formulated chemical solutions to slough away layers of dead skin. This treatment is also called chemexfoliation.
As the chemical solution causes your body to cast off the layer of dead, dull skin, you see more youthful skin, improved tone and texture, reduced appearance of sunspots and acne scars, smoothing of fine lines, and a refreshed overall appearance.
So, what’s keeping you from experiencing these benefits weekly or even monthly? Because chemical peels vary in intensity, certain chemical solutions can penetrate deeply, and receiving an intense peel too often can over-exfoliate your skin.
Signs of over-exfoliation include:
Knowing which type of chemical peel you receive can help you determine how often you can include it into your routine.
Light peels, sometimes called mild peels or superficial peels, don’t penetrate as deeply as other peels. Light chemical peels only affect the top layer of your skin. They don’t require much recovery time. This also means you can receive a light chemical peel more regularly 一 anywhere from 2-5 weeks.
Because medium peels can penetrate beyond your top layer of skin and into your middle layer called the dermis, this type of peel requires a bit more recovery time. Typically, you want to wait about 4-6 months before receiving another medium peel.
Deep peels should not be part of your regular treatment for skin issues. Deep chemical peels help reduce the appearance of scars and deep wrinkles, and they can even help address precancerous growths.
These peels utilize strong chemical solutions that penetrate both the top and middle layers of your skin. The recovery can take up to three weeks, but the results can last up to 10 years. In other words, deep chemical peels should be viewed as a single treatment rather than a regular series of treatments, according to a 2018 study.
In addition to light chemical peels, many cosmetic treatments can be part of your regular routine. This includes Botox ®, fillers, and facials. Our team knows that skin care is very individualized, and that includes the types of treatments you receive as well as the skin care products you use.
During your consultation, our team identifies the right treatments and products to help you reach your aesthetic goals. We focus on your skin health as well as your goals. At Serendipity Med Spa, we offer two types of chemical peels:
We also provide guidance on the skin care products that can be part of your daily routine. Our lines of iS Clinical® products include exfoliation products that are safe for regular at-home use 一 perfect for using in between chemical peels to maintain a healthy glow.
Whether you’d like to experience the benefits of a chemical peel or you want to take advantage of any of our wide range of services, use our online form to request an appointment today. You can also reach our office in Southlake, Texas, by phone at 903-664-7776.