The Truth About Chemical Peels: What You Should Know

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There is a good reason that chemical peels have been a favorite choice for people in San Antonio for so long. The fact is, they work well at helping to reduce the signs of acne scars, uneven skin, and wrinkles. The procedure seems to be regaining some lost popularity in recent years, as patients are looking at some more tried and true methods of skin rejuvenation. Chemical peels are low technology and involve a simple process, and many San Antonio patients seem to like the simplicity. It is non-invasive as well. Here is a quick guide to the process so that you know what you are in for if you decide you want to try.

What Are Chemical Peels For?

Chemical peels can help with any number of skin conditions. They can be used to help with acne scars, spots, lines, melasma, tone, sun damage, and much more. They can help with general skin rejuvenation as well. A chemical peel can fall under several categories, from strong peels that require anesthesia, to lighter ones that you can handle yourself at home. These light ones generally work best for exfoliation, which cleans out the pores and makes the skin look and feel refreshed. Stronger peels go deeper and fight conditions like wrinkling and scarring.

Information on Mild Peels

Mild peels are great for people on the go. They provide a quick and easy way for skin rejuvenation without any downtime. These milder peels are usually made up of glycolic, citric, or lactic acids, and are known as fruit acid peels. They can provide assistance with acne scarring, tone and texture, and fine lines. Before any peel, the face should be thoroughly cleaned. Then, the peel can be applied with an instrument, such as a cotton swab or a brush. It is then left on for a certain period of time. You might feel some tingling, and the skin may look ruddy during the process. Then, apply some lotion or cream to soothe the skin and help it heal. After several treatments, the skin will start to look better, and you will see an amazing improvement.

Information on Medium Strength Peels

The more active ingredients there are in a chemical peel, the stronger it is. Medium-Strength Chemical peels have more of the same acids that are present in mild peels. These stronger peels can leave the skin looking red, and you may even get blisters and swelling. The skin will gradually crust over and peel away over a longer period, sometimes up to two weeks. In some cases, you may need to take medication to prevent infection. With these peels, it is best to avoid the sun for a while after the treatment and use lotions to help with healing. Do not wear makeup afterward for about one week. You cannot have a series of these treatments in quick succession because the healing takes longer.

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Information on Deep Peels

Deep peels help with many skin conditions, such as deep lines and wrinkles. They usually work best on lighter skin, since there is a chance of bleaching that would harm darker skin. They are known as phenol peels and can only be used on the face. The neck and hands, where you may use mild or medium peels, are more delicate. In many cases, anesthesia is used to reduce pain and discomfort. Redness and swelling can last for several weeks. However, the results are much more dramatic and last longer than other peels.

If you think you might benefit from chemical peels, call the experts at Ochs today for a consultation. They will get your skin looking its best.

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