The Best Kept Secret for Youthful Looking Skin

June 12, 2008

I have been often asked if I had just $100, what I would spend it on to make my skin look younger and to improve fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Hands down it would be a light chemical peel. Not only is it an inexpensive way to make your skin look rejuvenated, it is also a quick procedure. Typically a chemical peel only takes 15 minutes, which is why they are sometimes called “lunch time peels” and are virtually pain free.

As we age, the accumulated effects of sun exposure, environmental pollutants, acne, and scarring can damage our skin and cause us to look older than we are. Chemical peels are topically applied acids that aid in the restoration and rejuvenation of the skin’s surface. Chemical peels stimulate the production of new cells which improve fine lines, tighten and tone the skin, help with acne scarring, and improve discoloration due to sun-damage, age spots and uneven pigmentation. The condition of the skin and healing times vary depending upon the strength of the peel performed.

Another fantastic application of a light chemical peel is using it to treat the skin on the neck, décolleté (chest), and hands. These areas of the body also show signs of aging and should not be forgotten in the pursuit of youthful looking skin.

Chemical peels vary according to their specific ingredients and strength. The actual depth of the peeling can also depend on other considerations such as how long the solutions remain on the skin and if they are lightly, heavily or vigorously applied. For light to medium uses, physicians use a solution known as AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid,) which include glycolic, lactic or fruit acid. AHA treatments may require a series of multiple applications with very minimal pain. Medium peels consist of TCA (trichloroacetic acid) and is stronger and peels the skin down to a greater depth.

Improvements from light AHA peels may be very subtle at first. You may detect a healthier glow to your skin. With continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin. The results of a medium TCA peel will be noticeably smoother and fresher-looking. Chemical peels are a great way to have smoother, brighter-looking skin for holiday parties and family get-togethers. A consultation with your practitioner will determine the best type of chemical peel for you. I have personally witnessed hundreds of patients get incredible results, in a short amount of time, without breaking the bank with chemical peels.

by Erin Owoc, Dermatology Nurse Practitioner  

Erin Owoc, ARNP-C has been practicing cosmetic dermatology for the last 7 years in Florida. Erin can be reached at (954) 680-8330.

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