Do you have mild or moderate wrinkles making you look older than you feel? Is your skin starting to show the effects of unprotected sun exposure? Do you wish you could improve your skin tone quickly and safely? If so, you may be a good fit for chemical peels at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC. To help you decide if a chemical peel is right for you, read on to learn about some of the most compelling benefits of this effective skincare treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?
Aging Signs Reversal
One of the most compelling benefits of chemical peels is that they can be used to reverse the signs of aging. For example, a medium peel, like the VI peel, can be used to soften wrinkles and fine lines. A superficial peel, like the SkinCeuticals Glycolic Peel, can also be used to soften fine lines. However, the acids are too basic to be effective against wrinkles. We can help you decide which peel is right for your unique needs during your evaluation.
Skin Tone Improvement
Another compelling benefit of acid peels is that they can be used to improve the coloration of your skin. For example, the SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective Peel is highly effective for the treatment of skin discoloration. Whether you suffer from hyperpigmentation, sun spots, or age spots, you can feel confident that this peel can help you improve your skin tone significantly.
The Obagi Blue Radiance peel is also very effective for the treatment of dark spots. However, you can feel confident that your skin tone will improve regardless of which peel you choose. Acid peels work by removing at least the superficial layer of your skin. This skin layer is made up of dead skin cells, so radiant, healthy skin cells will be revealed once the top layer is removed.
You can also get a chemical peel to minimize enlarged pores. This will help your skin look clearer and much healthier. The best part about shrinking your pores is that the excess sebum trapped in them will be unclogged, and you will be less likely to experience whiteheads and blackheads.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Another benefit of acid peels is that almost everyone is a good candidate. This is because peels can be made up of a number of different acids with varying degrees of strength. There is a very solid chance that a peel can be customized to address your unique skin tone, type, and concerns. For example, if your skin is a little sensitive, you may still be a good fit for a superficial peel.
If you don’t have sensitive skin and you have moderate skin concerns, you can get a medium peel. However, to qualify for a chemical peel, you must be able to follow all preparation and post-treatment care instructions. We will advise you on everything you need to do to prepare during your initial evaluation. We will also discuss your medical history, current health, and goals to determine which peel, if any, is appropriate for your unique situation.
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for My Treatment?
One of the most important preparation steps you must take in advance of your chemical peel is to protect your skin from UV damage. Minimize the amount of time you spend in sunlight between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM for two weeks prior to your appointment. Also, wear adequate sunscreen and use an umbrella or billed hat for an added layer of protection when you are outside.
Another vital preparation step is to avoid certain aesthetic treatments in advance of your chemical peel appointment. Some cosmetic treatments have the potential to irritate your skin for several days, and we will need to reschedule your chemical peel if your skin is irritated when you come in. Also, you should not wax the treatment area or use depilatory creams for 72 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Laser hair removal and shaving should also be avoided.
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Chemical Peel?
It is vital that you do not pick at your peeling skin once your chemical peel is over. Your skin will peel off at its own pace. Picking at it will only extend the amount of time it takes for your ideal results to become apparent. Also, if you pick at your peeling skin, there is a chance that the oil in your fingers will be trapped in the pores you were trying to shrink and clear excess sebum from. It is also very important to moisturize your skin daily.
The Bottom Line
The cosmetic benefits of chemical peels vary based on the type of peel you get. However, you can feel confident that you can get a chemical peel to smooth out wrinkled skin, improve your skin tone, and improve your self-confidence significantly. To find out if this type of treatment is right for you, contact us today at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to help you meet your skincare goals!