Understanding the Different Types of Chemical Peels

Your skin protects your body from illness, harmful rays from the sun, moisture, and other foreign substances. But over time, the elements, environment, and age take a toll, leaving you with skin that doesn’t look the way you feel.

The colder, drier winter weather can make skin flaws stand out and create new ones, like itch, dry skin, or oily skin with breakouts. The good news is that fast and effective chemical peels can help. But which one is right for you?

Led by Kim Nguyen, PA-C, the Aesthetic Envy and Wellness team in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, uses different types of chemical peels to address your skin concerns and leave you with healthier, fresher-looking skin.

Keep reading to learn about the different types of chemical peels and which one could be right for you.

Chemical peels 101

Skin treatments that use chemical solutions to resurface your skin are called chemical peels. While different peels work slightly differently depending on the blend and strength of the acidic solution used, they all work in similar ways.

The solution creates controlled, superficial skin wounds, stimulating your body’s healing process, increasing your natural collagen production to foster skin resurfacing and remodeling. This includes shedding dead skin, triggering new tissue growth, and repairing damaged cells.

As the chemicals in the solution react on your skin, with most peels, the top layer of skin peels away, leaving room for new, fresher-looking skin to grow. Your Aesthetic Envy and Wellness provider determines the right type of peel for your skin needs.

Superficial peels

These peels use a milder acid, like alpha hydroxy and work best on mild discoloration and fine lines. You can expect some mild redness after the peel, which typically resolves in about a day.

Medium-level peels

If you have more damage, including issues like sunspots and wrinkles, a medium-depth peel may be right for you. This type of peel uses stronger chemicals, like trichloroacetic or glycolic acids to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin. They usually require a longer recovery period of up to five days.

Deep peels

Deep chemical peels remove the most damaged skin cells by using strong chemicals, like phenolic acids, to penetrate deep into your skin. Although they provide the most dramatic results, deep peels require bandaging and at-home recovery for up to two weeks.

Bio-stimulating peels

Bio-stimulating peels, like the PRX-T33® biorevitalizer, stimulate your skin to promote healing and tissue regeneration — without making your skin peel the way traditional chemical peels do. By using gentle hydrogen peroxide to penetrate beneath the surface of your skin, bio-stimulating peels improve the health, appearance, and texture of your skin without harsh chemicals.

Choosing the right peel for your skin

At Aesthetic Envy and Wellness, your provider first analyzes your skin and discusses your aesthetic goals to determine the right treatment for your skin. If your provider believes a chemical peel can help you achieve your goals, they’ll review the right option and give you detailed instructions on how to care for your skin before and after your peel.

A chemical peel may be a good treatment choice for you if you have::

  • Mild-to-moderate fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tired-looking skin
  • Dark spots, freckles, and other pigmentation issues
  • Scars and other textural problems
  • Other mild-to-moderate skin concerns (e.g., dry, flaky skin)
  • Skin that doesn’t scar easily
  • No history of cold sores
  • Stopped using isotretinoin for at least six months

You should also have realistic expectations about the results chemical peels offer and be willing to follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions. Your Aesthetic Envy and Wellness provider takes time to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Ready to learn more about chemical peels and which type is right for you? Contact the skin experts at Aesthetic Envy and Wellness by calling our Henderson or Las Vegas, Nevada, office, or request an appointment online now.