Facial peels or chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, skin discoloration, hyper- pigmentation, acne scars, melasma and more. They vary in depth and your skin concerns as well as skin type are what determine whether a light, medium or deeper chemical peel is right for you. One of the misconceptions about chemical peels is that they all cause your skin to visibly shed or fall off. The deeper strength peels such as Jessner's and TCA will make your skin visibly peel while milder peels such as Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic do exfoliate and remove top layers of skin however you won't see any physical peeling.
Glycolic Brightening Chemical Peel
Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that comes in a variety of strengths and is used for a variety of skin types and skin concerns such as uneven pigmentation, dry patches, and to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic is one of the mildest peels that we offer and can be done every two to four weeks. We suggest a series of 6 sessions to achieve fresh, oil-free, and glowing skin.
A salicylic acid chemical peel is a type of beta-hydroxy acid which is extremely effective at controlling acne. If you have acne prone skin the salicylic peel is a recommended treatment because it unplugs clogged pores, removes built up oils and dead skin cells as well as gently exfoliates to thoroughly cleanse your skin. It also improves skin texture and controls redness and inflammation which can be caused by acne breakouts. Your skin won't visibly peel with salicylic, however you will notice the results in the days following the treatment. We recommend a series of 6 treatments two weeks apart for desired results.
Lactic Acid Peel
Lactic acid is an keratolytic (AHA) that helps treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, enlarged pores, skin tone and texture. Lactic acid is a milder AHA which makes it a good option for people with sensitive skin because it doesn't have the drying effect. It is also safe to use during pregnancy.
Jessner's peel is a combination of resorcinol, salicylic and lactic acid and sometimes trichloracetic acid is added or used as a replacement for resorcinol. This peel is considered to be a medium-depth peel, however its strength can be adjusted depending on the amounts of each chemical that are used. Your provider will determine what strength is right for you. Jessner peel treats fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin tone and texture. It also helps control the production of oil that leads to clogged pores and breakouts. Exfoliation and shedding of dead skin will leave your complexion healthy and renewed.
Trichloracetic Acid or TCA is a non-toxic chemical applied to the skin to force the upper layer to peel, revealing a smoother, clearer, and more evenly toned layer of skin. The strength of the TCA peel can be controlled, and here at FlashLaser, we specialize in TCA peels ranging from 10%-15% concentration. A TCA treatment begins with your skin being cleansed of oils. The peel solution is then applied to your clean skin in 1 or 2 layers. After the peel solution has time to penetrate, it is washed off and moisturizer is applied to the treated area. After the treatment, you should expect your skin to begin the peeling process after the 2nd or 3rd day. By day 5 the shedding process should be complete and your rejuvenated skin will be revealed.
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