Chemical Peels, Decoded

The benefits of chemical peels lie in their efficacy and their diversity. Today’s peels come in a range of strengths, for an array of applications, including mild to moderate wrinkles, sagging, uneven skin tone, active acne and acne scars. Given their variety, they are also appropriate for nearly any skin type — highly customizable in both strength and active ingredients, which often comprise lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, trichlorocetic acid (TCA), retinoic acid and vitamin C.

Technically, peels are topical chemical treatments employed to resurface dull complexions by targeting sun damage, hyperpigmentation and other underlying causes of uneven skin tone. They prompt the topmost layers of the skin to shed, allowing for new, healthier, smoother and tighter tissue to surface. Skin is left more youthful, even and radiant, with blemishes and imperfections minimized.

Selecting the right peel depends upon your concerns and desires. At Brooklyn Face & Eye, I place chemical peels into two main categories.

Get-the-Glow Peels

I often hear from patients in pursuit of a glowing complexion, who haven’t been able to find suitable over-the-counter products. Indulging in a medical-grade chemical peel every few months can remedy this frustration. It is an effective way to resurface and exfoliate skin in order to achieve that elusive glow. A series of chemical peels can also combat acne, acne scarring or help target early wrinkles.

Medium and Deeper Peels

For patients seeking treatment for hyperpigmentation or sun damage, I advise one of several highly effective peels or combination treatments, depending upon the severity of the condition. Cosmelan, for example, is particularly successful at addressing hyperpigmentation and treating melasma. This peel comprises a two-step process, beginning with a mask applied in office, containing powerful acids and active ingredients proven to lift pigment. Next, you’re given a cream to apply over the next few weeks to amplify the mask’s results. This is just one of many options I offer — an in-person consultation will clarify which peel is right for you.

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