Acid and Chemical Peels

Acid Peels For Acne and Anti-aging at Boca Institute of Dermatology.

Benefits of Acid Peels

Acid Peels help even skin-tone and exfoliate dead skin- revealing a smooth new layer of clear skin. Just as there are different strengths (varying percentages) of peels, there are also different types of peels and each has different benefits- from treating acne to anti-aging, evening skin-tone to reducing texture. Consumers do not have access to such peels as a dermatologist would use, but are able to purchase products which contain such acids at much milder strengths. The results of a professional peel are astounding.

The scars that come with acne can leave lasting effects on self confidence. In my adolescence, I was lucky to be able to visit the dermatologist for salicylic acid peels: I loved seeing the fresh, clear complexion revealed after the scars left with exfoliated dead skin, and always felt as if my pores looked minimized as well. I later started focusing on anti-aging, and began using glycolic acid peels, among others listed below. I would still get the same great immediate results, but with the added benefit of long term anti-aging properties of boosting collagen, minimizing and preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

Types of Acid Peels

  • Salicylic Acid Peels: salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy recommended for acne-prone, oily, and or combination skin- it’s the active ingredient in many cleansers, gels, and moisturizers.
  • Glycolic Acid Peels: while glycolic acid is an anti-aging alpha hydroxy acid, it did help with my acne and dark spots or scars as well. It penetrates the skin down to the lower layers, fosters collagen induction (production), which will minimize and prevent fine lines and wrinkles long term while providing the immediate results of exfoliation and evening complexion.
  • TCA Acid Peels: trichloroacetic acid, removes the uppermost layers of the skin to reveal smoother texture, a more even skin-tone, and minimizes shallow scars.
  • Jessner Acid Peels: penetrating and removing layers to a medium depth, Jessner peels target fine lines, acne scars, uneven complexion, minimizes melasma, and exfoliates- revealing radiant skin.
  • Lactic Acid Peels: because it targets the superficial surface layers of the skin, a lactic acid peel is recommended for those with sensitive skin, but it is also used to lighten dark or discolored areas and minimize fine lines (thedermreview).

Doctor Gary L. Waterman has performed TCA, Jessner, Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic Acid peels on me, and each does have a slightly different effect and result. Subscribe and stay tuned to the blog as we’ll also be discussing TCA Cross and Pick-axe scars in a later posts.

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