Skin peels such as TCA and Glycolic peels increase exfoliation and can help rejuvenate your skin, get rid of wrinkles and even out your skin tone. Using these solutions to peel off the outer layers of skin reveals the fresher unblemished layers underneath while at the same time increases the production of collagen and elastin. This means that as your skin sheds its outer layers revealing fresher newer skin your levels of collagen and elastin within the skin will increase firming from below and smoothing out wrinkles, scars and blemishes.
What Can Skin Peels Do For Your Skin?
Skin peels can:
- Even out skin tone.
- Lighten and minimize wrinkles.
- Rejuvenate aged skin.
- Repair sun damage.
- Lighten and remove scars.
- Lighten hyperpigmentation.
- Treat skin conditions like acne.
- Exfoliate the skin.
- Lighten Age Spots
- Increase collagen and elastin.
and much more. Chemical peels are one of the most commonly performed procedures at doctors, dermatologists, spas, and aestheticians because they’re very effective at treating numerous skin conditions.
What Type and Strength of Skin Peel Is Best For Your Skin?
If you have softer dark complected skin such as African American type skin glycolic peels are recommended since TCA peels can be too strong for softer dark skin. Good results have been attained by people with darker complexions using TCA but the risk of complications such as hyperpigmentation is higher. If you have a fair to light complection you can get great results with both glycolic acid peels and TCA peels. TCA Peels are a more aggressive skin peel than glycolic acid but also achieve more pronounced results depending on the strength of the peel. If you’re new to giving yourself a cosmetic peel at home we recommend starting out with a light peeling solution and working your way up to stronger solutions to achieve the results you’re looking for. Many of the same benefits that can be achieved with deeper peels can also be achieved with lighter peels applied more frequently with less down time.
Before Skin Peeling
If you have tough weathered skin due to sun and wind damage and the elements you can achieve much better results by pretreating your skin to allow better penetration of the peeling solution. We recommend using our Retin A or Strawberry Chemical Peel Pre-treatments which you can use up until the day you do your peel. You can also prepare for a TCA peel by doing a series of less agressive glycolic acid peel in the weeks before you apply the TCA solution.
After Your Skin Peel
Aftercare can be crucial to achieve good results from your skin peel. The skin should be kept moist as it heals but too much use of Vaseline or Aquaphor can lead to a rash. A good moisturizer and sparse use of a product like Aquaphor to keep your skin moist is recommended. A humidifier in the part of the house you spend the most time in is also a good idea to help keep your skin from drying out. Antibiotic ointments on troubled areas can be useful.
One of the most crucial things to avoid until your skin is fully healed is direct and even indirect sunlight. Your freshly peeled skin will be much more sensitive to the sun and to sun damage. Use a strong SPF sunscreen of at least 30 or above whenever you’re going to be exposed to the sun for at least 6 weeks after peeling. Sun exposure after peeling is the main cause of post peel hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure should be limited or avoided anyways since it’s the main contributor to aging of the skin.
Last but not least, enjoy your new freshly peeled collagen rich skin, more even skin tone, less prevalent wrinkles and fine lines and the rejuvenated glowing you.