A good chemical peel
Periodic peeling of the skin helps to stimulate cellular activity. A good chemical peel can improve everything from age spots and pigmentation disorders, to acne and enlarged pores. When collagen and elastin are stimulated, and antioxidants increase, your overall appearance is rejuvenated. Your skin is firmer and more hydrated, and fine lines and wrinkles disappear.
However, WHICH chemical peel to get is a more nuanced decision! The more you know about the process, the more you can communicate with your esthetician to make the best decision for you. We have already discussed glycolic acid and salicylic acid in previous blogs. Today we will look at trichloroacetic acid, or TCA.
TCA has been used safely in skin treatments for over 50 years. These peels are particularly good at minimizing the appearance of pores and uneven texture, reducing hyperpigmentation, and stimulating new collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. TCA works by breaking up keratin, a protein found in skin, hair and nails. When the keratin stops functioning properly, it lightens in color and peels away from the skin over the course of several days. Healthier, smoother skin is revealed as the layers of damaged skin disappear.
A great deal depends on the concentration of TCA used. Concentrations can vary widely depending on the depth of peel desired.It is most commonly used for medium depth peels however. This does require some specific downtime and post-peel care to ensure your skin can recover in the best way possible. While not a good treatment for acne, it can be very successful in treating post-acne scarring. It can take several treatments to see results in treating acne scarring, but can treat sun damage and hyperpigmentation fairly quickly.
Are you ready to make a decision regarding what chemical peel is right for you? Schedule a treatment with us today, or call to set up a consultation.