Chemical peels are used to improve the color and texture of the skin due to sun damage, aging or acne scars. A variety of different chemical solutions can be used to remove the skin’s outer layer. The new skin that replaces it is usually smoother, mover evenly colored and less wrinkled in appearance. The face, neck and hands typically respond well to chemical peels.
Glycolic acid, also known as of alpha hydroxy acid, is derived from sugar cane and is a very popular chemical peel. It is often used to reduce age spots and smooth the texture of the skin. Glycolic acid peels are often used to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing a new layer that is smoother and more radiant. These peels help with fine wrinkles and brown spots and erasing acne scars. Glycolic acid peels are also believed to stimulate the growth of collagen, a protein that helps give skin its structure.
Salicylic Acid Peel
Salicylic acid peels also called beta hydroxy acid can be very effective in treating acne. The acid solution breaks down oils and fats in the upper layers of the skin and cleanses the pores. Salicylic acid peels also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall facial texture because it exfoliates both the skin surface and within pores.
Trichloacetic Acid (TCA) Peel
Trichloacetic acid peels also resurfaces the skin and reveals a fresh layer that has a smoother texture and more vibrant. Fine lines, acne scars and pre-cancerous lesions are minimized. Trichloracetic acid peels are considered medium-depth chemical peels. They reach slightly deeper into the skin layers than glycolic acid peels and tend to produce stronger results.