Getting rid of the dull outer layer of our skin is the goal in many skin treatments. It’s not as if your body isn’t doing this on its own — our skin fully sheds and grows new cells about once every month — but it’s nice to give it a little help. At Columbus Women’s Care, we offer various chemical peels that speed up your skin’s exfoliation and give your skin a radiant, healthy glow.
What Are Chemical Peels?
You don’t think of it this way, but our skin is the largest organ in the human body. Unlike just about all of the other organs, however, the skin is constantly exposed. It takes a beating from the sun, wind, and the environment. This abuses the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, leaving it dull and damaged. To remove these cells, the skin is constantly shedding, clinically known as exfoliation.
Chemical peels simply give your exfoliation process a boost. Peels remove layers of skin so that younger, healthier skin cells can show themselves. In the process, age spots, acne scars, fine lines, dead skin cells, and other imperfections are peeled away. The purpose of a peel is to erase imperfections and improve skin tone and texture.
Chemical peels aren’t new. Cleopatra is thought to have been the first proponent. She used sour milk as the peeling agent. Like Cleopatra, we use lactic acid as one of the peeling agents in our chemical peels at Columbus Women’s Care.
Skin Problems Chemical Peels Can Improve
At Columbus Women’s Care, we use chemical peels to improve a variety of skin conditions:
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Texture issues
- Pigmentation problems
- Age spots
- Acne and acne scars
- Scaly patches
Types of Chemical Peels
There are several different types of chemical peels, all with different ways to treat the skin. Chemical peels are not meant to address issues such as sagging skin or deep lines and creases. These types of chemical peels include the following:
- Jan Marini Transform Peel
- Obagi Blue Peel Radiance
Jan Marini Transform Peel
The Transform Peel utilizes a concentration of lactic and salicylic acids, along with resorcinol, to break down rough scaly skin, remove age spots and uneven pigmentation, and aggressively resurface the skin. This peel includes retinol, peptides, and antioxidants to enhance the overall results. The Transform Peel is excellent to renew aging skin, address sun spots and pigmentation problems, and to reduce acne breakouts.
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance
This light salicylic acid-based peel also includes a blend of lactic and glycolic acids to create the exfoliation. Calming agents include willow bark and licorice root. This peel can be customized for just about any skin type, color, and age. This peel is formulated to make the skin tighter, brighter, and smoother. It is excellent to improve your overall complexion, remove areas of sun damage, and even out hyperpigmented skin.
Chemical Peels With Microneedling
We can also include microneedling with your chemical peel. In microneedling, a “pen” with nine microfine needles is passed across your facial skin. The needles move up and down, puncturing the skin. These punctures are very fine and are fully healed within a day, but they accomplish two things. First, the punctures break down the epidermis and trigger a wound response in the body where it produces new collagen and skin cells. Second, the punctures allow penetration of peeling agents and healing serums.
How does A Chemical Peel Work?
First, we thoroughly clean your skin. Then we apply the peeling agent to your skin with a sponge. It is allowed to stay on the skin for a predetermined amount of time. The peeling agent penetrates the skin and breaks the bonds that hold each layer together. Some of the skin is removed immediately; more cells flake and fall off over the next few days. Our peels do not feature aggressive peeling or crusting, however, so there isn’t an involved recovery period.
How Long Will My Peel Results Last?
Everyone’s skin is different. Obviously, the exfoliated skin is gone forever. But your skin is exposed all the time, so it will become damaged again, no matter how new the cells. Our peels at Columbus Women’s Care are not meant to aggressively peel your skin.
Depending on your lifestyle and goals, you may want to have a light peel done monthly to keep your skin glowing.
Are Chemical Peels Safe?
At Columbus Women’s Care in Columbus, OH, we don’t perform deep chemical peels where the entire epidermis basically peels away. Deep peels require an involved recovery and issues with infection and changes in pigmentation can occur.
Our peels are generally in the light peel category, so they involve usually only some light flaking in the days that follow the peel. Our peeling agents are naturally occurring glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. There isn’t really any “recovery” necessary. Your skin will be a little red and you may have some tenderness (particularly if it included microneedling), but these peels are safe and have little if any risk.