Skin texture, fine lines, and brown spots can be improved with the use of chemical peels. They accelerate the exfoliation of the superficial layers of photodamaged skin and stimulate new skin cell formation to yield a more youthful and even tone and texture. Brown spots or discoloration, known as hyperpigmentation, can be diminished. The depth of the peel indicated for an individual patient is dictated by the type of skin problem that is being addressed. Deeper peels also have a longer peeling phase that should be considered when planning a procedure.
SkinMedica® Illuminize, Vitalize, and Rejuvenize Peels are performed individually or in a series of 3-4 treatment sessions depending on the needs of the patient.
This is the most superficial of the SkinMedica® peels and targets the outermost skin cells. Alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic acid and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol are used to achieve skin rejuvenation with minimal irritation. The mild exfoliation it produces typically results in little visible peeling. It is gentle in its effect and is ideal for very sensitive skin types.
Vitalize Peel is medium in depth and appropriate for all skin types. It can improve fine lines and wrinkles as well as brown spots and contains a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids and resorcinol with a final layering of retinoic acid. Peeling usually lasts about 2-3 days and the treatment may be repeated at 3 week intervals.
Rejuvenize Peel uses a formulation of lactic acid and salicylic acid for a more aggressive exfoliation of the skin. The skin will start to peel after 24-48 hours and will continue for 3-4 days. The peel is well tolerated and can improve fine lines and skin texture, melasma and brown spots, and superficial acne scars.
Chemical peels are often combined with an at home skin care regimen that will enhance and prolong the results obtained after the peel. It is important to apply moisturizers to the skin following a peel to counteract the dryness that results from the procedure. In addition, the regular use of sunscreen is critical to protect the skin while it remains sensitive following a peel and also to prevent further damage from UV exposure. Daily use of skin lightening agents, such as Lumixyl, will enhance the treatment of skin discoloration with a peel. Dr. Forley will fully evaluate your skin during your initial consultation to determine a treatment plan that will be most effective for your individual needs.
Written by Dr. Forley on December 21, 2012