After a long, hot summer in the sun, your skin is desperate for rejuvenation. Chemical peels can jump start your skin renewal by deeply exfoliating, moisturizing, and even taking care of some of the fine lines and age spots caused by months of squinting in the sun. Fall is the perfect time to give your face a fresh start with brighter, more youthful skin.
Fall is the Prime Time for Chemical Peels
As we head into cooler days, you’re probably noticing that your skin took quite the beating over the warmer months. Often, around September, we start to be very aware of the damage as sun spots, fine squint lines, darker pigmentation, and dryness become more obvious. Fall is the perfect opportunity to hit reset on your skin before the holidays (and all of the photos!). Plus, following a chemical peel, your skin is very sensitive to the sun. Taking advantage of shorter, cooler days when the glare of the sun isn’t as harsh will help you recover faster and with fewer complications.
How Different Peels Can Change Your Skin
Depending on the peel that you get, you can see different results, downtimes, and levels of peeling.
AHA peels, are organic, non-toxic peels designed to stimulate new skin growth with mild exfoliation. Derived from citrus, sugar cane, milk proteins, and almonds, these peels are very mild, which means very little downtime. Despite their more gentle exfoliation, they are still wonderful treatments for people who are dealing with dehydration, acne, light discoloration, or very fine lines.
They are considered a “nutritive” peel to nourish the skin and stimulate new skin growth and repair in the epidermis and dermis. They are performed in a series of 4-6 peels at monthly intervals.
Retinol peels are very popular and effective for skin rejuvenation and acne. They are derived from vitamin A. The benefits of vitamin A (retin A) are well documented on the skin for stimulating skin renewal and increasing collagen production and minimizing age spots. They are applied in your physicians office and completed at home.
TCA, or trichloracetic acid peels, are considered “medium depth,” as they can work through more layers of the skin without penetrating as deeply as a true deep peel. TCA peels are ideal for more noticeable skin concerns, like wrinkles, more advanced pigmentation, sun damage, and acne scarring. The percentage of peeling agent in this formula can be adjusted according to your dermatologist’s recommendation, but you should still expect swelling, flaking, peeling, and redness for up to two weeks following the procedure.
These peels can be tailored to your specific skin problems and are combined with effective medical grade skin care products to enhance the effectiveness of the peel. Peels can also be combined with other procedures such as Botox, fillers and lasers to address all your skin’s needs.
Not sure what the perfect fall peel is for you? Chat with one of our providers about options available at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute. Along with chemical peels, we offer a range of facials, laser treatments, and medical aesthetics options to help you reveal the best skin of your life.