A peel is a method of applying various chemicals to the skin on the face or chest that result in epidermal and dermal injury. This injury, depending on depth of peel, can effect dramatic improvement in skin texture and removal of pigmentary disorders. Peeling can also be used for removing superficial skin lesions, lentigo’s and actinic keratoses as well as improvement of fine lines and wrinkles. Other areas that can be improved by peels are: solar keratoses, age spots, rough texture, dyschromia, dermal melanosis, sallow-yellow skin discoloration, melasma, and acne.
The skin is prepped with alcohol or acetone prior to the application of the peeling agent, this allows for a more even and controlled penetration of the acid. The peeling agent is applied for the correct time as indicated by your skin type and prior reactions. Adjustments are made as necessary with subsequent peels. Neutralizing agents may be applied at the end of the peel.
A peel is like a light to medium sunburn-like injury to the skin resulting in an initial redness and flushing of the skin. There may be some peeling for 5 to 7 days following your procedure.
Glycolic Acid works by stimulating new growth of the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and also results in the production of new collagen and elastic tissue. This allows dead cells to be regenerated, gradually leaving behind a layer of smoother and softer skin, improving discoloration.
A Jessners Peel or a “Tune-Up” peel is particularly beneficial for clogged pores, thickened, aging skin, severe acne, environmentally damaged skin, and dyschromia (blotchy skin). It is suitable for all skin types. Jessners Peel penetrates more deeply into the epidermal layers of the skin. It is gentler than TCA peels. There is little or no downtime and most patients are able to return to their normal activities soon after receiving treatment.
This is a deeper class of peeling used for acne scaring, lines above the lips, superficial wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. The acid penetrates through the epidermis into the top of the dermis. You can expect to peel for 5 to 7 days and 7 days of healing with a 30% or greater TCA peel.