Which Depth of Chemical Peel Is Right for Me?

Chemical peels are skin-resurfacing procedures and come in varying depths, from light to medium to deep. Each type of chemical peel addresses different skin concerns you may have so you can combat issues such as fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation, and scars. Typically, the deeper the peel, the longer lasting the results. However, deep peels are also harsher than light and medium peels. There are pros and cons to each depth of peel, and your aesthetician can help you choose which is right for you. Remember, a deeper peel does not necessarily mean better results. Make sure you do your research and speak to your aesthetician or doctor about your skin concerns to determine which peel depth would be best for you.

All depths of chemical peels do the following:

  • Tighten the skin
  • Unclog pores and remove impurities
  • Increase the skin’s luster
  • Even out uneven skin tone
  • Increase hydration
  • Improve fine lines and wrinkles
  • Leave the skin soft and velvety

What Are Superficial, Light Chemical Peels?

These chemical peels exfoliate the dermis, the top layer, of your face. This eliminates dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface by applying alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acid. Most see results within about 3 to 4 days, and there is virtually no downtime. These peels are used to treat fine lines, acne, uneven skin pigmentation, and dry skin. Depending on the results you hope to achieve, you may need multiple light chemical peels to get optimal results. Most people come for repeated light peels every month until they are satisfied.

Medium Peels and What They Do

Deeper than superficial peels but lighter than deep peels are the medium chemical peels. These remove dead skin cells from the epidermis and part of the dermis, the middle layer of skin. Effects are stronger, as the chemical solutions are more intense. They consist of trichloroacetic acid, which leads to longer-lasting results, but the recovery period is slightly longer – about a week or more. This procedure is usually repeated every 3 to 9 months depending on the results of the initial peel.

Deep Peels: Are They Right for You?

Deep chemical peels are the harshest to the skin, but they are also the most effective for long-lasting results. Only a physician should do a deep peel. The chemical solution for deep peels includes phenol to remove skin cells from the superficial layer of skin and penetrate as deeply as the lower layer of the dermis. These peels are most effective for those with fairer skin tones and can improve the appearance of deeper wrinkles, scarring, or facial growths. Most patients only require one deep peel for the results they hope to achieve.

Ready to Learn More About Chemical Peels? Contact Us at Novopelle Med Spa.

Chemical peels are a wonderful tool to give you a dewier, more glowing complexion. Sadly, many think they are too harsh for their needs and don’t go further in their research. At Novopelle Med Spa, we’re eager to educate you on which depth of chemical peel will produce the best results for your unique skin type.

To book an appointment at Novopelle Med Spa, please contact us at (888) 429-7055.