Chemical peels are a popular cosmetic treatment because they stimulate healthier, smoother skin growth. This is accomplished by removing the epidermal layer through the application of a combination of acids. Unlike a sunburn, however, the lower dermal layers aren’t damaged. A peel treatment can also result in an increase in collagen production. The results are, therefore, long-lasting.
Some people have concerns about chemical peels because they have heard that this type of procedure bleaches the skin. That was true in the old days, but recently developed acid solutions leave the natural skin tone unaffected. Virtually everyone can benefit from a chemical peel, but keep in mind that this type of cosmetic procedure targets a few specific problems.
What a Chemical Peel Does
Chemical peels stimulate the production of new epidermis. Skin is created well below the surface, and some of the new tissue keeps moving upward until it replaces the old, dead surface skin cells. The body is constantly doing this, but once people reach their mature adult years, a decrease in collagen production means brittle, discolored skin. Acne scars, injury scars, and age spots remain because these cells are also replaced with duplicate daughter cells.
A peel treatment is recognized by the body as an injury. This means that new tissue growth is accelerated, and since the old epidermis and the damaged, darkened, or wrinkled areas are removed, there is no template to follow except to create healthier, suppler skin tissue.
A Closer Look at the Procedure
We first consult with you and address the major concerns such as fine wrinkles, age spots, and injury scars. So long as these problems are near the skin surface, a superficial peel treatment may be recommended. Of course, the type of peel used will depend on the situation.
The immediate benefit is smoother skin that is more even in tone. However, over the following weeks, the skin is replaced with a new epidermal layer. Collagen production increases, so the process of rejuvenation continues for quite some time.
A deeper peel treatment may be necessary if the discolorations or wrinkles are deeper. We will outline all of the peel treatment types during the consultation and let you know which one will work best.
Get Glowing, Youthful Skin Without Surgery
The greatest benefit of a peel treatment is that it is simple, doesn’t involve abrasive resurfacing and can be safely repeated at regular intervals. Many of our clients come in for regular chemical peels, and they consider this an important addition to their skin care regimen.
If you’re seeking skin rejuvenation, consider learning more about the chemical peels offered at Rejuva Aesthetics & Wellness Center in South Barrington. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation!