Custom chemical peel
The term chemical peel often evokes scary images in the minds of our patients, many envision burned skin and red faces.
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How Custom chemical peel works
The term chemical peel often evokes scary images in the minds of our patients, many envision burned skin and red faces. However, the good news is, that peel formulations have become very sophisticated over the years and many actually improve the overall health of the skin without causing any or very minimal downtime.
In simple terms, different peels cause different depths of penetration and deeper peels are not always superior to more superficial peels. Let’s look in to it, shall we? The deeper dermal peel, which penetrate into the dermis, can lead to removal of the epidermis, the upper layers of the skin. These peels are typically applied in a physician’s office, require anesthesia and long periods of downtime. These peels are not as commonly used in the modern practice, since many physicians opt in for laser resurfacing therapy instead, which typically provides similar results with less downtime.
Superficial – or epidermal peels – are designed to only penetrate into the upper layers of the skin. Many peels are now formulated as blends which are even more gentle than a single- ingredient formulation and, in some cases, are so gentle the patient may not even see any visible exfoliation; however, they will still be able to see visible results with little to no
There is also some confusion surrounding chemical peels causing thinning of the skin when used on a monthly basis. It is most important to understand that the epidermal cells are continuously produced and are supported by the body’s own epidermal stem cells. There is no
limit to this cellular production; however, as we age and with over-exposure to UV rays, our natural cell turnover slows down, and our epidermal stem cells aren’t as active as in younger skin. Superficial, blended chemical peel formulations actually encourage cellular renewal and help to speed up cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, and reduce the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Many formulations also introduce important hydrating ingredients back into the skin and are even gentle enough for sensitive skin
and rosacea. It’s really all about the blend!
Remember that these are superficial peels only designed to penetrate within the upper layers of the skin; dermal peels do penetrate into living tissue, and there would be significant damage to the skin if peels such as these were performed on a regular, monthly basis.
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