07 Nov Chemical Peel Q&A
Chemical Peel Q&A
Chemical peels have been around for thousands of years, and are an excellent treatment option for acne, dark spots, skin discoloration and lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, misconceptions exits, which result in peels being used either incorrectly or for the wrong skin condition, resulting in less than ideal outcomes. Here we will debunk these common myths.
Myth #1: A chemical peel is painful.
Fact: This was true at one time, long ago when chemical peels were done using very harsh ingredients. Modern superficial peels consist of a combination of alpha and beta- hydroxy acids and salicylic acid, which cause little to no discomfort. Medium depth peels, which penetrate a little deeper into the skin, can be more uncomfortable, but numbing cream is applied to the skin before the procedure.
We do take into account that some skin may be more sensitive than others, so Dr. Rodney will determine during the consultation what ingredients are safest and most effective for your skin.
Myth #2: Chemical peels require significant recovery time.
Fact: Again, this may have been true many years ago. But today, sophisticated formulas provide a controlled peel on a microscopic level and may contain other natural ingredients, such as aloe, which prevent unsightly redness, irritation and flaking. In fact, you can go right back to your daily routine. For deeper chemical peels, the downtime can be 1-2 weeks.
Myth #3: You need to take time off work for a chemical peel.
Fact: Some peels, like the signature “Eternal Glow” peel, can be done in less than 15 minutes (like over your lunch break), and you can go right back to work.
Myth #4: Peels are only for severely sun-damaged skin.
Fact: Chemical peels work wonders for a variety of skin conditions, including acne, dark spots, sun damage, clogged pores, melasma and mild-moderate wrinkles. They work by boosting collagen production, stimulating healthy cell growth and exfoliating dead skin cells, and result in a long-lasting youthful and vibrant appearance.
Myth #5: If I don’t see peeling, then the chemical peel is not working.
Fact: Many of the most sophisticated newer chemical peels contain a mixture of natural acids, as well as soothing hyaluronic acid (collagen). These cause cell turnover and exfoliation on a microscopic level, so that the peeling is not visible to the naked eye, but the beneficial effects are taking place.
Myth #6: Chemical peels should not be performed on individuals with dark skin tones.
Fact: Darker skin types are at an increased risk of getting burnt by a chemical peel, resulting in unsightly dark spots, otherwise known as “postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.” That’s why you should only have your peel done by a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in the uses of peels in all skin types and ethnicities. There are techniques of chemical peel application tailored to specific skin types, that can yield wonderful results.
Myth #7: One chemical peel will resolve your skin problems.
Fact: A chemical peel regimen may entail a series of treatments; for example, 4-6 peels performed every 4 -6 weeks. Some deeper peels may only be done once or twice a year. After the initial series of peels is performed and you have achieved your skin goals, you may have a maintenance treatment intermittently.
In some cases, 1 peel may be done, but may be combined with, or followed by other treatments, like retinol creams, acne medications, facials or lasers.
Myth #8: Chemical peels can be performed at home.
Fact: A chemical peel should always be performed under the direction of a board-certified dermatologist. The kits sold in the drugstore and online can cause serious damage if not administered correctly. This is particularly true for sensitive skin, darker skin types, or anyone who already has discoloration of scarring of the skin.
If you have dull dry skin, acne prone skin, or simply want to rejuvenate your complexion, contact Eternal Dermatology to see if a chemical peel is right for you. We are conveniently located in Fulton (Maple Lawn) in Howard County, MD and serve Clarksville, Columbia, Ellicott City, Laurel, Silver Spring, Burtonsville and Olney.