What Are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

Sometimes it seems like there is an endless list of aesthetic treatments you can use to perfect the quality and appearance of your skin, and understandably that can make it hard to choose the best one for you. At Beverly Hills Sculptress in Beverly Hills, CA, we know that the most classic treatments can also be the most effective, which is why we are proud to offer our clients a full range of chemical peels.

What Are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are one of the oldest beauty treatments in the world, so skin professionals have had plenty of time to understand the numerous benefits of this treatment. Whether you’re new to peels or you’ve been using the power of acids to perfect your skin for a while, you should know that there are many reasons why this facial treatment should be part of your regular beauty routine.

1. Versatile

First and foremost, a peel is an incredibly versatile treatment with many diverse applications. For example, while a peel might be most commonly used on the face for skin rejuvenation, there are some peels that can also be used on the neck, upper chest, and even the hands. This is because the power of the acids used in peels can be applied to all skin. Some of the areas of concerns that can be treated by chemical peels include:

Anti-Aging

An anti-aging treatment is generally one that will reduce the visible signs of aging on the skin surface, particularly fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, loss of skin firmness and volume, and age-related dark spots. A peel is effective as an anti-aging treatment because it can stimulate a higher production of collagen and elastin within the skin. When collagen levels are restored, your skin regains supportive proteins that provide volume and elasticity to the skin, and that means that fine lines and wrinkles can vanish from sight.

Acne-Fighting

Many people are surprised to learn that peels can be powerful agents in your fight against chronic acne. Whether you’re having a break-out, you’re trying to control whiteheads or blackheads, or your mission is to reduce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and acne scarring, a chemical facial can help you meet all of your acne-related goals. This is because the right acid can control sebum production, exfoliate dead skin cells to unblock pores, kill acne-causing bacteria, shrink enlarged pores, and much more.

Blemish Reducing

A blemish can be anything from unwanted freckling from sun exposure to the dark spots caused by sun damage. Whether blemishes are caused by aging or another type of damage, the fact remains that the uneven pigmentation caused by blemishes can be difficult to deal with. Because peels gently exfoliate dead skin cells and speed up your skin cell turnover cycle, you can quickly reduce an uneven skin complexion and problematic blemishes.

Scar Diminishing

Scars on the face can be caused by many things, such as premature healing from acne flare-ups or past injuries that have resulted in visible scar tissue. Even enlarged pores are, in their own way, a type of scar that causes a divot to form in the skin. Peels that are formulated to increase collagen production can also help diminish the appearance of scarring over time.

Skin Improving

Your skin health refers to the tone, texture, and appearance of your skin. For those who suffer from milia, a build-up of keratin on the skin surface that creates tiny white bumps, a peel can help exfoliate, reduce, and remove these bumps to improve the skin surface. Peels are also helpful for evening out the texture of the skin and creating a more even skin tone, even for those with sensitive skin or who are prone to redness.

Moisture Restoring

The right peel can also help restore the balance of moisture within your skin and correct chronic dryness. Restoring your skin’s moisture balance is also helpful for controlling the production of sebum in your pores, which can reduce oiliness and help prevent flare-ups. Well-hydrating skin also tends to be less prone to visible signs of aging.

2. Non-Invasive

One of the more appealing aspects of this treatment is its non-invasive nature, which means the treatment is entirely superficial and painless. Non-invasive treatments might be preferable for some patients due to how easy they are to recover from. In fact, there is no downtime from a peel and there are only minimal aftercare instructions, such as wearing SPF and moisturizing.

What You Can Expect From a Peel

A peel is a straightforward treatment that involves only a few essential steps. After the skin has been cleansed of any excess dirt, oil, or make-up, your selected acid will then be applied to your skin for a certain amount of time, usually about 10 to 20 minutes, and then removed. We may moisturize your skin in the office with a serum or special cream. A peel can be done in as little as 30 minutes, making it the perfect “lunchtime” treatment.

3. Customizable

Peels are highly customized treatments that can be tailored to your exact skin tone, type, and concerns. This refers not only to the type of peel you can use, such as a light or medium peel but also to the frequency of your treatment to achieve your ideal appearance goals.

Light

A light peel is a facial that only exfoliates the surface of the skin to remove dead skin cells and treat mild or moderate skin concerns. Light peels are frequently used to treat acne, improve skin tone and texture, reduce blemishes, and correct fine lines. Light peels can be done frequently, sometimes as often as 4 to 6 months.

Medium

Medium peels are a bit deeper and can treat more moderate skin-related concerns. Medium peels exfoliate both the dermis and the mid-level skin layers, which makes them a popular choice for reducing wrinkles, improving skin laxity and fullness, and correcting sun damage and scarring. A medium peel can be performed a few times a year, usually once every 3 to 4 months.

4. Fast and Long-Lasting Results

Many patients appreciate how fast the results of this treatment can appear. For example, many patients notice an improvement to their skin appearance within 1 to 3 days of treatment, enjoying a more radiant, even-toned complexion.

How Long You Can Expect Results to Last

The results from a peel can last for a long time, depending on the type of peel you use. For a light peel, you can expect results to last for 3 or more weeks between appointments, while a medium peel can last for a few months at a time.

5. Safe for All Skin

A chemical facial is safe and suitable for all skin types and skin tones. This means that a peel can be an ideal treatment for someone with sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin, as well as for someone with dryer and tougher skin. The fact that peels are also compatible with medium and dark complexions is also appealing.

6. Multiple Options

You have multiple options at your disposal when it comes to choosing the right acid to use for your chemical facial. Whether your focus is on anti-aging or another skin concern, there is likely an acid for a light or medium peel that will help you reach your appearance goals. Some of the most common peel options include:

  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
  • Lactic Acid
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
  • Vitamin C
  • Hydroquinone
  • Salicylic Acid

We will help you determine the right acid serum for your specific skincare goals during your consultation appointment.

7. Boost Skincare Products

The fact that a peel is primarily an exfoliating treatment is a huge boon because it can boost the effectiveness of skincare products. When skin is regularly exfoliated and free from pore-blocking dead skin cells, products can better penetrate the skin layer and work to more quickly improve the health and appearance of skin. Many patients report that their regular skincare products, such as Retinols, are more effective after peel treatments.

8. Enhance Aesthetic Treatment Results

Peels can also enhance the results of other aesthetic treatments. This is partly because of all the skin-improving benefits of a peel, and partially because chemical facials can unify the results of other treatments for a more cohesive end result. At Sculptress, we frequently combine chemical facials with other treatments such as:

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that help restore facial volume and plumpness lost as a result of aging. Dermal fillers can be used on many areas of the face to restore and contour your appearance, such as the hollows beneath eyes, the hollows fo cheeks, around the nose and mouth, and on the jaw. Dermal fillers can also be used on the lips to plump the appearance of the mouth.

Neurotoxins

Neurotoxins are another type of injectable treatment, the most famous of which being Botox. Neurotoxins are designed to relax muscles in the face to relax the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Treatments like Botox can be used on virtually any area of the face, including on the forehead, between the eyebrows, around the nose and mouth, and on the chin.

PRP

PRP is a special treatment that uses the body’s natural regenerative properties to improve the appearance of the skin. Collected from a blood draw in the office, the platelet-rich plasma in your blood is applied directly to your skin, which can help increase collagen production, heal skin irritation and blemishes, and so much more.

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a double-duty exfoliating treatment that removes both dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the skin surface. Dermaplaning is a popular treatment that can help brighten the appearance of your skin, reduce fine lines, allow skincare products to be absorbed better, and apply make-up products more easily.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is another type of advanced exfoliation. Using blasts of air and chemicals, microdermabrasion removes the stubborn top layer of dead skin cells to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Microdermabrasion is particularly helpful for reducing skin roughness and dryness.

Are You a Good Candidate?

The vast majority of patients are good candidates for chemical facials because of how highly versatile and customizable peel treatments are. No matter how sensitive your skin, there is likely to be an acid peel ideal for your skin type, tone, and texture. You are likely a good candidate for this treatment if you want to:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin laxity
  • Control acne and flare-ups
  • Perfect skin tone and texture
  • Correct dark spots and sun damage
  • Diminish the appearance of acne scars and other scarring
  • Improve overall skin health
  • And much more!

Start Enjoying the Benefits of Chemical Peels Today!

There are times when the simplest option is also the best option. Chemical peels are a diverse treatment ideal for addressing multiple aesthetic concerns, from anti-aging to acne-fighting to overall skin improvement. To learn more about the benefits of chemical peels, contact Beverly Hills Sculptress in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule your consultation today!