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chemical peels

Chemical skin peels are one of the oldest ways to rejuvenate your skin and give you a more youthful appearance. They can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, pigmentation and even scars by exfoliating the dead cells on the top layer to reveal the fresh new undamaged skin beneath.

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Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is one of the mildest and most popular acids used for chemical skin peels.It comes from sugar cane and belongs to a family of acids called alpha-hydroxy acids or fruit acids.

It is less likely to cause irritation and it does not reach as deeply into the skin as trichloroacetic acid does. But you may find that you have to do several treatments to receive significant results.

There is typically no major skin irritation caused by glycolic acids, so there is virtually little recovery time. You may find that your skin feels dry or itchy, but these symptoms will be minor.

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TCA Peels

A TCA Peel can help lessen and remove wrinkles and fine lines, treat scars such as acne scars, improve skin tone, lessen the appearance of freckles and age spots and numerous other cosmetic benefits. As a result, it softens fine lines, minimizes superficial “age” spots and other skin discolorations, and generally improves the tone and texture of your skin.

TCA the acronym for trichloroacetic acid is more aggressive than a glycolic peel. This peel is applied at various strengths from 8-35% depending on your skin type, what part of the face is being treated and how deep of a peel you’re trying to achieve. Light peels can achieve most of the same benefits as medium and deep peels but over a longer period of time and applied more frequently. Medium peels can take one to two weeks to heal but are more effective. Stronger solutions are also good for spot treatment of small areas for numerous skin conditions.

TCA peels generally takes 15 to 30 minutes. First, your skin will be cleansed and degreased. Then the acid will be applied. As soon as the acid has reached the intended depth, a neutralizing solution is applied. You’ll experience a slight stinging sensation during the 2 to 3 minutes the solution remains on your skin You’ll probably want to set aside several days to recover from a TCA treatment. Immediately after the procedure, you can expect some skin irritation, redness and swelling. Within a few days, your skin will tighten and darken–and then begin to crack and peel for the next 4 to 7 days–at which point the tighter, smoother and more youthful-looking layer of skin will emerge.

Because your skin’s newly formed layer will be temporarily more susceptible to sunburn, you’ll need to protect it with an effective sunscreen for several weeks.

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