lightening Peels

Chemical Peels have been used for over a century to create an even and controlled shedding of damaged skin cells. A solution is applied to the skin to remove the unwanted skin layers to stimulate the production of new and healthier cells. It tightens the skin, reduces wrinkling, and restores a more youthful appearance.

There are many different types of peels. They can be categorized according to their strength: light, medium, and deep. Determining the correct peel for you depends on the skin problem that is being treated, skin thickness, skin color, and your medical history.

Acne peels can be used to treat discoloration from prior acne, clear up active pimples, dissolve clogged pores and blackheads, and remove dead skin cells that interfere with absorption of topical acne medications. Light peels refresh the skin using alpha-hydroxy acids, resorcinol, beta-hydroxy acids, or a combination of both. These mild peels usually result in some redness and peeling for several days. Generally, a series of 6 peels performed every 3-4 weeks are recommended to improve sallowness, fine wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation. The skin feels smoother and tighter after a peel.

Medium depth peels are composed of stronger solutions and penetrate more deeply into the skin. These can be helpful in improving acne scars, moderate sun damage, precancerous growths, deeper wrinkles, and more stubborn, deeper, dark pigmentation. Medium and deep peels can result in redness, swelling, blisters, and scabs. Skin can take 2 weeks or so to heal. Dressings, soaks, and ointments need to be applied while the skin is healing.

In general, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery period.

It is important to mention to Dr. Wong during your evaluation, any history of cold sores, herpes infections, sensitivity to the sun, Accutane (isotretinoin) treatment for acne taken in the past 6-12 months, scarring, dermabrasion, and any medications you are applying to your skin or taking orally. These factors can affect the decision in choosing the best treatment plan for your skin.