The Chemical Peel: What’s Old is New Again

Flawless. Spotless. Like porcelain. Wouldn’t you love if you could describe your skin this way? In recent years, people have undergone numerous high-tech treatments in an effort to boost their skin’s appearance. Turns out, there is a classic method of cellular regeneration that only needed to be rediscovered. Here, we discuss specific benefits that you can gain from chemical peels.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel might sound more painful than its worth. Trust us, that’s far from the truth. Chemical peels first became popular in the 1990s as a way to slough off dead and damaged skin cells. At the time, ingredients were more concentrated and a chemical peel could, in fact, be quite uncomfortable. Since that time, the ingredient list for the average peel has been completely revamped and reformulated. Unless you choose a deep medical peel, which most people don’t have to, you won’t have to prepare for any major side effects. Undergoing a chemical peel today is much more about infusing the skin with nourishing ingredients than about provoking dramatic peeling.

What a Peel Can Do for You

  • A peel can enhance your skin care. Many people use professional grade or relatively costly skin care products these days. If the top layer of skin is blanketed in dead cells, those expensive products aren’t doing much. A peel removes cellular debris and reveals healthy tissue that is ready to absorb nutrients.
  • A peel can be customized to your skin. It can be difficult to imagine that any peel would work well for every person. For this reason, peels are often customized to meet the unique needs of a patient. Experts have learned that skin looks better and responds altogether better to a low concentration of multiple acids than to a high concentration of a single acid. Customizing a peel means addressing specific issues while also promoting general collagen synthesis.
  • Peels can help acne. Peels with salicylic acid and other ingredients can reduce acne and acne scarring by unclogging pores and eroding blackheads and surface damage from pimples. The salicylic acid from a peel also hangs around inside of the pores to keep them clear.

Chemical peels can improve melasma, scarring, sun damage, and more, which is why patients of our St. Louis office love this treatment. To learn more or schedule your chemical peel, call 314.475.3700.

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