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The Many Types Of Facial Peels And How They Work

Raise your hand if you want to use acid to rejuvenate your face.

Doesn’t sound appealing (or a-peel-ing), right? Actually a chemical peel uses beneficial acid to break down the top layer of skin and to soften the look of lines and wrinkles. Sounding  better? Learning about the many types of facial peels and how they work should ease your mind since approximately 1.4 million were done in the US in 2017. 

woman touching face after a facial peel

The “Lunch Time” Peel

This is probably the most familiar type of the facial peels since it’s easy, quick, and gets you back to your life almost immediately. It is a superficial and mild peel with little to no downtime making it quite popular. It takes all of 20 minutes, and you are left with a red face which may be dry and flaky for just a few days.

Also known as an AHA peel, it uses a number of different beneficial acids. Among them are lactic acid, which is hydrating, and salicylic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces redness and irritation.

This light peel will reduce pores, tighten skin, and treat dark spots along with those pesky lines and wrinkles. It’s the perfect addition to your beauty regimen just before a big event like a high school or college reunion.

Medium Depth Facial Peel

Known as a TCA peel, it uses trichloroacetic acid not normally found in a spa setting. This deeper peel treats sun damage and spots, moderate acne scars, under eye dark circles and bags. It takes a little longer to heal the skin, normally 5 – 7 days since there is a bit of aftercare needed. This peel is for those with a bit more skin damage.

The Deepest Facial Peel

The deeper the peel, the better the results. This deepest of facial peels treats severe acne scars, loose skin, and severe sun damage as it improves the texture and tone of skin. It utilizes

the same acidic compound but at a higher concentration, therefore healing from this deeper peel takes from 7 – 10 days to 2 weeks.

Only see a professional for most facial peels, but especially for this deepest one, as it can result in hyperpigmentation and scars. It is not recommended for those with darker skin.

Also available to improve skin tone and imperfections are light energy or laser treatments and dermabrasion.

If you are looking to rejuvenate your skin and add youthful collagen, facial peels are your friend as are the acids used.

Contact Severn River Plastic and Laser Surgery at (410) 544-9988 for treatment!


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