Chemical peel for a fresh new look
Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat a number of skin conditions such as adult acne and conditions that discolor the skin. Additionally, a dermatologist can use varying levels of chemical peels to diminish many signs of aging on the face, hands, neck, and chest. A chemical peel is exactly what it sounds like; it is a process by which dermatologists use safe and effective chemicals to peel signs of aging from your skin. Unfortunately, TV advertising for some exfoliating products can lead people to believe that exfoliating and chemical peels are the same.
Exfoliation is not a chemical peel
To be clear, exfoliation is good for your skin. In fact, healthy skin undergoes a natural process in which epidermal cells are shed daily. The process is so efficient that for people with health skin, the uppermost layer of skin cells is completely replaced every month without notice. Sometimes illness and/or environmental factors can dictate that individuals exfoliate periodically. The most common form of exfoliation involves mechanically removing skin cells with a buff puff, loofa, or washcloth. There are also products on the market that contain sugar or salt crystals and other potentially abrasive particles. It is best to seek the advice of a board certified dermatologist for recommendations for exfoliation methods and products.
Explaining chemical peels
In performing a chemical peel, a dermatologist or aesthetician will use a variety of different chemicals created for rejuvenating the skin. The active agent is selected based upon the desired depth of the chemical peel. If your goal is mild removal of skin cells, then a milder, less caustic ingredient is selected. If the goal is to improve more severe conditions, then far stronger products may be necessary.
If you are considering a chemical peel, there is a wide range of chemical combinations, strengths and techniques that your dermatologist can use. He or she will help you determine which is best for you.
The best dermatologists understand the most appropriate level of chemical peel for your specific goals, and that will yield a satisfying result. It is important to understand that there is no magic bullet, and there are realistic goals as well as unrealistic goals. If you choose to undergo a chemical peel to diminish signs of aging, you can realistically expect that:
- There will be fewer lines and wrinkles.
- Your skin color will appear more even.
- You skin should be noticeably smoother
It is important to understand that to achieve these goals, for some patients, chemical peels may require downtime.
Chemical peels and skin rejuvenation in Charlotte, NC
Our skin ages at different rates for many reasons. If you are finding it difficult to live with some aspects of your aging skin, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide the effective treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your aging skin.