When Peeling is a Good Thing for Your Skin
- Posted on: Aug 15 2020
Peeling is something that we typically associate with a bad sunburn. To peel after a sunburn is to know you’ve sustained some damage. This damage isn’t at a superficial level. It’s at the cellular level. So, while the sunburn and peeling are mildly irritating at the time they occur, the true effects of that photodamage show up years later. Photodamage shows up as dark spots, mottled skin tone, rough texture, and precancerous growths. As counterintuitive as it may sound, we often look to peeling as a solution to these problems.
Professional Chemical Peel Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin
Chemical peels have been around for many years. They are a professional treatment that is performed to accelerate cellular turnover on the epidermis and, sometimes, deeper layers of the skin. This is necessary because, though dead and damaged skin cells should fall off the skin’s surface, they often do not. A chemical peel is a way to encourage this. To aid this turnover of nonvital cells, a chemical peel can revive the vibrancy and softness of the skin. More significantly, a deeper peel or ongoing series of lighter peels can speed up cellular turnover as a way to correct sun damage and the signs of aging.
Types of Chemical Peels
It is important to get chemical peel treatment from a trained professional. These treatments can be customized to your skin’s needs, your preference for downtime, and your desired outcome.
- Light chemical peels are not formulated to get profound results in a single session. These peels are appealing because they do not cause side effects or notable peeling and flaking. A light peel stimulates cellular turnover that smooths and brightens minor sun damage. This treatment is also a great way to prevent premature aging.
- Medium chemical peels reach deeper layers of the skin. After a medium peel, the skin will likely be red for a few days. After about 3 days, the skin may become flaky. Mild peeling may occur, so specific skin care may be recommended. Within 5 to 7 days, the turnover process is usually complete. In addition to fading dark spots and fine lines, the medium peel encourages new collagen production for firmer, more radiant skin.
- Deep chemical peels are performed to achieve significant improvement with fewer treatments. Patients should expect redness and peeling. There is a potential for blistering, as well. Skin care recommendations must be followed to prevent infection and promote optimal tissue regeneration. After a deep peel, the skin may look pink for several weeks as healthy new cells give a rosy glow.
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