Chemical peels are a widely popular procedure to achieve smoother, softer skin. They are most commonly used on the face, neck, and hands, but can also improve the appearance of scars anywhere on the body. If you’re curious about getting a chemical peel in Guelph, contact us to learn more.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a non-invasive procedure that removes the outermost layers of the skin. The procedure relies on controlled damage to the skin, causing the outermost layer to literally peel off in order to reveal a new layer that will be remarkably softer, smoother, and more radiant. There are a variety of different chemicals on the market, each with different strengths. Chemical peels can have a remarkable effect when used to treat wrinkles, acne, scars, age spots, and sun damage.
Some types of chemical peels can be bought over-the-counter and used at home, but the procedure should always be performed by a professional dermatologist or cosmetologist who thoroughly understands how a chemical peel will affect your skin type.
What Chemicals Are Used?
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs) are among the most popular substances for light facial peels. AHAs are abundant in nature, found in tomato juice and sour milk, and many people incorporate them into their daily face wash routine. BHAs include salicylic acid, widely used to treat acne.
For deeper peels, retinoic acid is commonly used. These procedures often take longer and may be more uncomfortable as the skin peels, but these peels are widely popular because of how remarkably smooth they leave patients’ skin.
At Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre, we use Retamax, from the Zo Skin Care line. It is a retinoic acid, combined with antioxidants and plant stem cells, that not only reverses existing damage but helps to prevent it in the future by promoting the skin’s production of hyaluronic acid, a compound vital to its hydration.
Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?
Many patients experience a temporary warm or tingling sensation during or shortly after a peel, but it will quickly subside. Getting sunburned after a peel can be painful, though, so patients should be careful to use strong sunblock and wear a wide-brimmed hat after the procedure.
Why Choose Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre?
Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre in Guelph, Ontario, is one of southwestern Ontario’s leading cosmetic dermatology clinics. Our staff, led by Dr. Leigh Bishop and Sylvia Dodd, RPN, work hard to stay informed about the most modern skin care treatments available, and to provide each patient with a comfortable experience. To learn more about chemical peels or to schedule a consultation, call us today.