What Is a Chemical Peel?

There are a number of methods to give skin a healthier appearance by gently removing the outermost layer, allowing new, regenerated skin to emerge. A chemical peel involves using chemicals to remove an outer layer of skin in order to reveal healthy, youthful skin underneath. There are a number of chemical peel options to choose from, with the most common ones being Jessner peels, TCA peels, Melange Peels and glycolic acid peels. Learn more about these four popular chemical peels to help you choose the one that is right for you.

Jessner Peel

The Jessner peel is named after the doctor who pioneered the procedure over 100 years ago. The peel is a combination of various chemicals and is used to treat conditions such as age spots, acne, melasma and photoaging.

Some of the chemicals commonly used for this peel may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals, so it’s very important to talk to your dermatologist about any allergies you have before scheduling this treatment. Generally, the side effects of using this peel are minimal.

TCA Peel

The TCA peel involves the use of trichloroacetic acid. These peels can be made in varying strengths depending on the desired depth. TCA peels are commonly used to treat actinic keratosis, melasma, moderate photoaging and rhytides. Such peels can also be used to eliminate superficial acne scars.

Melanage Peel

A Melanage chemical peel is a skin brightening system used to treat uneven skin tone, deep pigment issues, and melasma. A Melanage peel helps even the skin tone of the affected skin area by removing layers of dead skin cells to actively achieve an effective penetration. This peel treatment is safe for skin of color.

A Melanage peel is a two step treatment. First, a medicated mask consisting of prescription strength ingredients is applied to the patient’s desired area by someone on the medical staff. This mask is applied evenly to the skin and will stay on for a recommended period of time that will be specified by your aesthetician.

Second, the patient is given an at-home chemical peel kit that must be performed religiously to ensure maximum results of treatment. When applied correctly, patients will experience peeling within one to three days after the mask has been removed.
Not all patients will experience shedding, however, this does not prevent you from receiving the maximum results.

Glycolic Acid Peel

A glycolic acid peel is also quite mild, and you may need to have these peels applied a number of times before you see positive results. However, because of their gentleness, glycolic acid peels have very few negative side effects. This type of peel is available in varying strengths, making it ideal for both superficial and in-depth treatments.

Getting a Chemical Peel

All chemical peels should be applied by a board-certified medical professional who has experience working with the peel in question. That is why Georgia Dermatology Partners, a full-service medical practice with experienced doctors, is able to provide these services and a host of other cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology procedures.

At Georgia Dermatology Partners, all services are personalized to ensure that you get the best possible treatment for your condition. Schedule a free consultation today.

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