Chemical peels are divided into 3 main groups: superficial peels, medium-depth peels, and deep peels. Each type of peel has its own specific uses and the general idea of each peel is presented below:
- Used for acne, hyperpigmentation, skin-refreshing
- Peels the very top layers of the skin
- Includes glycolic acid peels, salicylic acid peels, TCA peels
- Used for photodamage and fine wrinkling
- Peels the top layer and the upper part of the middle layer of skin
- Includes TCA combination peels (with Jessner’s solution or glycolic acid)
Deep Chemical Peel
- Used to treat fine and deeper wrinkles
- Peels the top and more of the middle layer of skin
- Includes phenol peels
Prior to superficial and medium-depth peels, the skin is cleaned with either acetone or isopropyl alcohol. The superficial peel is applied for 2-3 minutes, and then washed off. Redness and irritation may be expected for 1 or 2 days with a superficial peel. Medium depth peels have irritation that my last for 4-7 days. Application of icepacks and antibiotic ointment may help healing and comfort after these peels. Click here to learn more about our chemical peel and other cosmetic dermatology services.
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