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What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels remove the damaged outer layer of the skin, the area which is often the brunt of UV damage, acne scarring, and more. A chemical agent is applied to the skin to help exfoliate the outer layer. Then, skin softening and revitalizing agents, including alpha hydroxyl acids are applied to the skin to provide it with a more youthful and softer look.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
In addition to improving the tone and texture of skin, patients who undergo chemical peels report that they notice the following benefits:
- Softer, more refreshed skin.
- An improved, healthy, and youthful look.
- Less visible scarring or discoloration.
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
Depending on the type and extensity of the peel, you will need to cleanse your skin at least twice daily using a special solution and then apply a moisturizer or cream and wear sunscreen each day. Dr. Aycock will give you a specific skin care regimen designed to help the skin peel more evenly and improve your healing and recovery time.
Which Chemical Peel Procedures Are Performed?
Dr. Aycock performs a variety of chemical peel procedures to help you look and feel your best, including the following:
- Jessner Peel: A Jessner Peel is excellent for exfoliation and improvement of the overall appearance of the skin.
- Pumpkin Enzyme Peel: The Pumpkin Enzyme Peel is beneficial for discoloration and age spots.
- Vitalize Peel: Vitalize Peel helps fight the effects of time, sun damage and environmental assaults.
- PCA Peel: The PCA Peel will even skin tone and provide more exfoliation for oilier, thicker, and more resilient skin types. It is effective on extremely sun damaged and thickened skin.
Chemical Peel Recovery
Your skin may feel red or tender immediately after a chemical peel, but these effects will subside over time. Your downtime will depend on the type of chemical peel being done and how deep the effects are.