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What are the different types of chemical peel?

different types of chemical peel

Here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic in Preston, we are leading aesthetic practitioners, providing a range of aesthetic treatments and procedures including dermal fillers and laser hair removal treatments, as well as chemical peels. And this is our guide to everything you should know about the different chemical peel options.

So, what are the different types of chemical peel?

There are three different options for chemical peel treatments, and these each have different purposes and goals. So which option is right for you? Well, the three types of chemical peel are:

  • Superficial chemical peel
  • Medium chemical peel
  • Deep chemical peel

What is a superficial chemical peel?

A superficial chemical peel is also called a light chemical peel and is designed to target the very top layer of skin. Here, dirt and dead skin can gather, blocking pores and causing dry skin patches, as well as discolouration. As the lightest chemical peel option, the superficial peel can help resolve any of these issues, while also minimizing pores and helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

A superficial chemical peel is generally the gentlest option for the skin but you may experience some redness after the treatment. By opting for a dermaplaning treatment before a light chemical peel you can expect improved peel results. This is because during dermaplaning, the dead and dry skin cells will be removed, allowing the superficial peel to have easier access to the pores.

What is a medium chemical peel?

A medium chemical peel is a chemical peel option that targets the middle levels of the skin. This is a step up from a superficial peel, and can be used for a range of purposes, including:

  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles- because a medium chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis, and from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin, this can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, leaving your skin smoother, as well as hydrated and nutrient rich.
  • Reducing the appearance of acne scars- acne scars tend to be at a slightly deeper level than a superficial chemical peel can target. A mid level chemical peel however will have no problem. Ultimately, the chemical peel can help refresh and regenerate skin cells to help reduce the appearance of acne scars, including resolving texture and discolouration issues.

One thing to note when opting for a medium chemical peel is that you may experience some redness and it can take up to a week for the skin to heal.

What is a deep chemical peel?

A deep chemical peel is the most intense chemical peel option. This targets the deeper layers of your skin and is used to target more complex issues like acne or severe sun damage.

However, a deep chemical peel uses a higher concentration of acids, which means that the redness after treatment can last longer and the skin can take up to three weeks to heal. In addition, a deep chemical peel does have the effect of lightening the skin tone, which means that this may not be the preferred choice for people with a darker skin tone.

For more information or advice about which chemical peel you should choose, get in touch with the professionals today, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.

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