Chemical peels are applied to the skin and left in place for a certain amount of time, depending on their type and concentration. The purpose of applying the peel is to rejuvenate the skin by exfoliating and removing the outermost damaged layer of skin cells which will reveal younger, more beautiful looking skin underneath.
However, chemical peels may not be ideal for those with extremely sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, or darker skin tones.
TCA Peels use trichloroacetic acid to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells in order to improve the appearance of your skin. TCA peels are medium peels, which means that they will penetrate and dissolve the epidermis to reveal a newer layer of skin underneath. With as little as a single peel, you will notice a significant decrease in pigmentation and discolorations. However, multiple sessions may be required in some cases. TCA peels can be used on the face, back, chest, neck, shoulders, or upper arms.
Lactic acid peels will remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. Lactic acid is a milder form of AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) which works by gently exfoliating your skin in order to reveal a newer layer.
Similar to TCA peels, lactic acid peels can be used to treat dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Lactic acid peels will also help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and fine lines, and also treat acne-prone skin by drying out active lesions. Love To Live’s lactic acid peels are a milder way of getting similar results as TCA and glycolic acid peels.
These peels are safe for those with sensitive skin as well as those who cannot tolerate TCA or glycolic acid, as well as for getting rid of sun damage, which is typically more resilient to other chemical solutions.
Glycolic acid peels are another type of AHA peel that exfoliates the outer and middle layers of skin. In addition to removing dead skin cells, glycolic acid can also loosen and lift excess oil, and suppress the production of melanin. Glycolic acid peels can be used to treat a range of skin conditions such as acne and acne scars, ingrown hairs and scarring, stretch marks, dark spots, melasma, and photoaging.
After a superficial peel, you can expect to experience some redness that lasts for about 3-5 days. In most cases, this is similar to a mild sunburn. After a medium peel, however, you may also experience additional redness, swelling, peeling, or even blistering for about 1-2 weeks after your peel procedure.
In both cases, you will need to care for your skin by avoiding or limiting your sun exposure, and wearing sunscreen anytime your skin is exposed to sunlight. Your skin care specialist at Love To Live may also provide you with a skincare regimen to follow after having a chemical peel.
Depending on your individual treatment goals, chemical peels can become part of your skincare routine. Superficial peels can safely be completed every month to maintain your skin, while medium peels can be done 3-6 times a year.
Our Love To Live experts view the aging process as one that affects the body as a whole. With our customized treatment plans, our patients can enjoy a long-lasting, youthful aesthetic that they can be proud of!
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I’m an enthusiastic esthetician and the Owner of Love to Live Skincare Solutions, an Anti-Aging boutique located in Del Mar, CA.
My mission is to help YOU achieve the BEST skin of your life! I promise to customize your in-office treatments and simplify your at-home regimen, so you get the best results in the least amount of time.
We educate our clients on quality over quantity when it comes to investing in their skin health and highlight the importance of gut health & anti-inflammatory lifestyle choices people often overlook when trying to correct their skin concerns.