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The Benefits and Types of Facial Peels

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Humans have more than 22 organs and organ systems – and skin is our largest. It’s also the most likely to take damage. What we eat, how much we sleep, and our exposure to sun and pollutants can all take a toll on our skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles, spots and more.

Luckily, our skin sheds about once a month, with our body making new cells that replace the dead ones. A chemical peel is one tool to speed up the process and get rid of those imperfections.

What are the benefits of peels?
Peels can have numerous benefits and are usually conducted in a series of treatments. From improving the texture of the skin to increasing cell turnover, peels rejuvenate your face. Peels can help reduce fine lines as well as wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging. Peels are also highly recommended for those that have suffered with acne and have scarring, or are currently suffering with acne. After a peel, skin will become smoother, softer, and look more even-toned.

What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel involves applying a solution of alpha hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acids or phenol to the client’s skin – typically the face. The solutions range from light to deep strength and are applied to the skin for a set time, penetrating the layers of skin and breaking the bonds that hold them together. The acid is washed off with water, leaving the skin looking red. Over the next few days to months, depending on the strength of the peel, the redness will be accompanied by shedding and peeling skin. As the new, healthy skin grows in, clients have seen improvements in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and spots, scars, acne, and much more.

What are the types of chemical peels?
Light chemical peels use alpha hydroxy acid, or fruit acids, like glycolic, lactic, and citric acid, to treat a pre-set number of the top layers of skin. These are ideal for minor skin blemishes. Recovery time can be about a week, during which time patients may have red, peeling skin. Results are expected after that week, but may not be drastic; some patients repeat light peels several times to get their desired results because of the shorter recovery time.
Medium facial peels using trichloroacetic acids are right in the middle, giving relief from fine wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigmentation problems. Recovery may take slightly longer than a light peel but can also leave longer results.
Deep chemical peels use phenols to create a much stronger solution that gives more drastic results. Ideal for clients with deep pockets of scars, coarse wrinkles, and pre-cancerous growths, deep chemical peels are often on a patient’s skin much longer. For the first week of recovery, patients often look like they’ve had a severe sunburn; redness could last up to three months – but the results could last one to two years.

Performed by a licensed esthetician, chemical peels have become a leading way to unclog pores, reduce acne, improve your skin texture, smooth out fine lines and eliminate sun spots and scars.

Laura’s Skin Care in Petaluma, CA, not only offers the best facials in Petaluma, but also has a peel bar with many options to meet the needs of your skin.

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