Choosing the Right Kind of Chemical Peel for You

Chemical peels are a popular skin resurfacing option for the treatment of acne scars, pigmentation, and aging signs. But with so many types of peels available, it can be hard to choose the right one for you.

Peels can be classified by how much they penetrate your skin. There are three categories of chemical peels: light peels, medium peels, and deep peels. 

To help you determine which type of peel your skin will benefit from the most, Dr. Raymund J. Llaurado, with offices in Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria, California, put together a short guide on chemical peels. Read on to learn what each type of chemical peel does to your skin, and find out what imperfections they treat.

Superficial peel for deep exfoliation with no downtime 

Light peels use alpha-hydroxy acids to exfoliate your skin and decongest it. Your skin doesn’t  actually peel during a light peel because the acids exfoliate without removing the upper layers of your skin.

Light peels work well against fine lines, mild pigmentation, and acne. Since light peels are mild, you may need several sessions to see results. But you can return to your daily activities right after the procedure.

Medium peel for removing upper layers of damaged skin

A medium peel contains either glycolic or trichloroacetic acid, and it can remove the outer layer of your skin, revealing a shinier and healthier layer beneath. 

You’re a good candidate for a medium peel if you suffer from acne scars, pigmentation, an uneven complexion, or moderate to deep wrinkles. 

After the treatment, you may experience redness and some inflammation. However, the final results are noticeable even after the first session. 

For optimum results, you may need to repeat the peel every six to nine months.

Deep peel for dramatic results that last for years 

Deep peels remove the upper layers of your skin and penetrate to the lower layers. This type of chemical peel works well against advanced signs of aging, sun damage, scars, and precancerous growths.  

Although this peel has a longer recovery time, its results are more dramatic and can last up to 10 years.

The 15-minute chemical peel 

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that’s popular for its anti-aging benefits. Your body produces this antioxidant naturally. However, as you age, your production of glutathione slows, making your skin more prone to developing lines, pigmentation, and an uneven tone. 

Dr. Llaurado offers a wide variety of peels, including the Perfect Peel™, a chemical peel that contains glutathione along with other anti-aging ingredients that can combat aging signs, pigmentation, and a dull complexion. 

Interested in learning more? 

Chemical peels are used for a wide variety of skin imperfections and come with few risks and side effects. 

If you live in or near Santa Maria or Arroyo Grande, California, and want to find out more about how chemical peels can improve the appearance of your skin, contact us to schedule an appointment and receive expert advice.

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