Chemical peels have been proven to transform dull, uneven skin. But are they safe for every skin type? Here is what you need to know about getting peels based on your skin needs and concerns.
Chemical peels use acidic solutions to remove the outer layers of skin, which triggers cell turnover to reveal newer, smoother skin underneath. Peel intensities range from light to deep, depending on the amount of acid that is used.
Overall, peels refine skin texture, improve tone, and reduce sun damage and scarring signs, resulting in a complexion that looks fresher and more youthful.
Chemical peels have been proven to effectively treat the following conditions:
· Uneven pigmentation and age spots
· Fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness
· Rough skin texture and enlarged pores
· Acne scars or melasma
· Sun damage
It may take multiple treatments spaced a few weeks apart to see the full results of a chemical peel. Additionally, it is recommended to schedule peels every six months to maintain a youthful glow.
Those with sensitive skin may worry that peels will cause irritation or redness. But there are specially formulated options just for sensitive types, including:
Milk peels use lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from milk sugars. The gentle formula exfoliates while delivering hydration.
Mandelic acid comes from bitter almonds. Its larger molecules penetrate slowly to minimize stinging and burning.
Phytic acid gently dissolves dead skin without inflammation. Dermatologists pair it with moisturizers to prevent dryness. Always do a patch test before any new peel to check for reactions and confirm your provider has experience treating sensitive skin.
Light peels may be safe during pregnancy under a doctor's supervision. Always inform your provider about your pregnancy at your visits. Deeper peels that use more potent acids like TCA or phenol should not be performed during pregnancy.
The hormones and body changes during pregnancy increase sensitivity. Strong peels could over-exfoliate or irritate the skin. As an alternative, hydrating facials, milk or lactic acid peels, and laser treatment can be performed to maintain that natural glow.
Acne thrives on dead skin cell buildup and excess oil. By removing pore-clogging debris, peels help treat breakouts and prevent future acne. Light salicylic acid peels dissolve debris inside pores.
Glycolic or mandelic peels gently exfoliate to keep pores clear. It is important to always avoid picking or scrubbing freshly peeled skin as it could worsen inflammation or spread bacteria. Allow blemishes to heal after peels.
The acid and heat in chemical peels may trigger flares in some rosacea patients. These flares can be avoided by:
· Cooling masks, gels, or devices during treatment
· Choosing mild acids like azelaic acid or PHAs
· Avoiding the cheeks and eye area
· Using anti-inflammatory skincare before and after
Chemical peels can benefit all skin types when performed correctly. Experienced providers personalize the formula and depth to address each patient's needs safely. The key is honesty about skin concerns, past reactions, and medications. Those with sensitive, darker, or acne-prone skin can achieve beautiful results with proper techniques and aftercare.
For more on chemical peels, visit Skin Deep Laser MD at our office in Fort Worth, Texas. Call 817-263-SKIN to schedule an appointment today.