Chemical peels are an extremely popular means of deep exfoliation that can significantly rejuvenate and brighten the complexion. “Chemical peel” is a blanket term that covers all types of exfoliation that uses chemicals in place of physical scrubs, such as sugar or salt. Chemical peels are customized for the individual, and range in strength from gentle to aggressive. Which type of chemical peel is right for you depends on your individual skin concerns as well as your tolerance for recovery time. Dr. Melda Isaac of MI Skin Dermatology in Washington, DC offers a wide variety of chemical peels to treat a range of skin conditions and skin types.
What Can Chemical Peels Treat?
Chemical peels can treat a wide range of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne and shallow acne scars
- Dark spots
- Dull, rough skin
These peels can be tailored in strength and type to appeal not only to patients who may prefer a gentler alternative to a laser treatment, but also to patients who want a strong treatment with dramatic results and don’t mind spending a couple days recovering. Gentler chemical peels involve no downtime, but may require multiple treatments for full results. In every case, it is vital to stay out of the sun following a peel, as the skin will be extremely sensitive to UV rays. Chemical peels remove dead skin cells that accumulate and contribute to dull, rough skin, and the fresh new skin that is uncovered is very sensitive and needs to be treated with care.
Dr. Isaac works with each of her patients to not only determine the best type of peel for their skin type, skin concerns, and lifestyle, but also to create a long-term skin care regimen that will preserve the effects of the peel into the future. This regimen will include sunscreen and possibly specialized moisturizers and serums from her dermatologist-tested line of products.
At-Home vs Professional Peels
At-home peels have become popular in recent years, and they can be a good investment for the skin. The main difference between at-home peels and professional ones is that professional peels are much stronger and can provide better results more quickly.
Following a professional peel, an at-home peel may be recommended for periodic home use in order to maintain the results. Before investing in an at-home peel, it is a good idea to talk to your dermatologist in order to determine the best type of acid for your skin type. Not all peels are the same, and using the wrong kind of peel on your skin could lead to less than ideal results.
Schedule a Chemical Peel Consultation Today
If you are interested in learning more about the types of chemical peels available and how they can benefit you, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Isaac at MI Skin Dermatology. To inquire about chemical peels and to schedule your consultation, just call 202.393.SKIN today!