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What Are the Different Kinds of Chemical Peels?

Posted Mar 14 2012 12:00am

A chemical peel is a skin treatment that removes dead skin cell layers that are contributing to blemishes, skin color unevenness, and lines that cause wrinkles.

According to dermatologist Westchester chemical peel experts, chemical peels have been used for over 100 years to promote even and controlled shedding of damaged skin cells and each year thousands of chemical peels are performed in the United States.

Chemical peels are available in three different levels of strength: mild, medium and deep. Mild treatments are normally composed of glycolic acid and have the least impact on your skin. Although these acids remove the top level of your skin, if you are looking to have dramatic effects on your skin, multiple treatments at this strength level will be necessary.

Medium peels include acids like popular trichloroacetic and they penetrate deeper into the skin. They are effective at reducing minor wrinkles and are more commonly used due to their suitability for a wide range of skin types, particularly for patients with darker skin.

Deep peals are commonly made of phenol acid, and due to their high strength they are not right for everyone. They remove several levels of skin and can produce dramatic results. In fact, they are so strong that they can produce a permanent leaching effect on the skin. Therefore they are recommend for people with fair complexions.

Dermatologist Westchester specialists at Abadir Associates are a premier provider of dermatological treatments and plastic surgery procedures.

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