Over time, the buildup of oil, debris, and dirt in the pores can leave skin dull and damaged. The active ingredient in Chemical peels is an acid such as glycolic or salicylic acid. Once applied to the skin, these acids dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to slough off or “peel” the top layer of the skin away. As new skin cells grow and reach the surface, they reveal a fresh complexion, free from blemishes and fine lines. It’s a one-stop-shop treatment perfect for total skin revitalization without fancy devices or procedures.
Chemical peels come in different strengths and formulations, ranging from superficial peels that only penetrate the surface layers to deep peels that can penetrate farther into the skin and provide more advanced rejuvenation benefits. There are three main types of Chemical Peels: superficial, medium-depth, and deep Chemical peels.
Superficial peels: Superficial peels are usually performed using mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). They peel away only the damaged outer layers of the epidermis. Superficial Chemical peels are ideal for those with minor skin concerns such as uneven texture and pigmentation.
Medium peels: Medium peels are usually performed using glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. They penetrate the epidermis and the dermis, promoting higher cell turnover and collagen production to transform the skin. Medium-depth Chemical peels may help improve moderate acne scars and deeper pigment issues such as melasma.
Deep peels: Deep peels produce the most dramatic improvements but require an extended recovery time. This peel type is not safe for all skin types. Deep peels smooth out deep lines, severe acne scars, and considerable sun damage.
The cost of a Chemical Peel can vary depending on location, provider expertise, the solution used, the depth of the peel, and more. Generally, you can expect to pay between $150 and $300 per treatment. You may also find discounts if you purchase a package of Chemical Peels. Additionally, when evaluating cost-effectiveness, one must factor in that regular Chemical peels have been shown to help slow down visible signs of aging over time – so by investing in your skin with this treatment now, you could potentially save money on other anti-aging measures down the road!