What Is a Chemical Peel?
Even with a comprehensive skincare regimen, sometimes your skin still needs a deeper level of exfoliation. And while there are many great at-home skincare products, they can’t penetrate or exfoliate your skin as well as a professional-grade chemical peel does.
Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that refresh, renew and rejuvenate your complexion. Chemical peels remove the outermost layer of the dermis, revealing a smoother, more youthful appearance and healthy glow.
Types of Chemical Peels
Phenol Peel: Phenol Peels, or deep chemical peels, are the most aggressive type of chemical peel. These types of peels use phenol acid, which penetrates deeper than Jessner Peels, TCA, or AHA peels. Phenol peels deliver dramatic results. Results from a Phenol peel last for years, however, they do require an extended period of recovery.
Phenol peels go deeper than light peels to address the following skin concerns:
- Deep lines and wrinkles.
- Age spots.
- Extensive sun damage.
- Smoker lines above the upper lip.
- Pre-cancerous growths.
TCA Peel: TCA peels use tricloroacetic acid to exfoliate the skin. TCA peels are considered medium-depth peels, but can be tailored to suit your skin type and aesthetic goals.
TCA peels can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, correct uneven skin tones, and reduce the appearance of acne or scarring of the skin.
Jessner Peel: A Jessner Peel is a unique skin rejuvenation treatment that effectively removes dead skin, revealing a healthier, more youthful glow. The Jessner Peel is ideal for patients with hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, melasma, and age spots. Jesser Peels are medium-depth peels, making them much gentler than TCA Peels. Unlike TCA Peels, there is little to no downtime associated with Jessner Peels.
Benefits of a Chemical Peel
In addition to giving you a healthy glow, chemical peels also stimulate cellular activity that boosts collagen production and helps to tighten the skin. Intermittent peeling also treats the following skin conditions:
- Acne and acne scarring.
- Age spots.
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Sun damage.
Recovery After a Chemical Peel
The recovery period after a chemical peel depends on the depth of the peel. After a light peel, your skin may be slightly pink and warm. This usually subsides within a day or two, and you can resume immediately after your peel.
Medium-depth peels penetrate deeper, so you will need time to recover.
Your skin will be red, feel warm, and possibly sting. As your skin starts to peel, you may experience scaling and crusting. Typically, it takes seven to 14 days for your skin to heal. Your skin may also be more sensitive to UV rays, so you will need to protect your face from the sun.
Deep peels are the most aggressive type of peel. Recovery will depend on your skin type and how deep the peel went. The initial recovery period can range between one to three weeks, and residual redness could last for several months.
Schedule Your Chemical Peel Consultation
If you’d like to schedule a chemical peel or consultation with Dr. Bershof, contact us today at (303) 399-7662 or stop by the office. We’re conveniently located on E. Ninth Ave in Denver, Colorado.