Have you heard about chemical peels for your skin? If you just heard the name you might think that they are something you want to avoid. In a world where “all-natural” and “organic” are buzzwords for what you put on your face, the idea of adding chemicals might seem counterintuitive. But today’s chemical peels have been revamped from their painful origins back in the 1990s, and today can actually be really good for your skin. Chemical peels have many benefits that provide clearer, healthier-looking skin when you’re done.
One of the biggest benefits of chemical peels for someone with acne-prone skin is their ability to help clear up existing breakouts and, when combined with the correct products, help prevent new breakouts in the future. Peels that include salicylic acid or Jessner’s peels with salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, and other exfoliants can penetrate deeper into your skin than your daily facewash to unclog the pores and erode the oils and other things that lead to breakouts. Some peels can also address old acne scars better than resurfacing lasers or other treatments, and they’re safe for all skin tones and types.
The benefits of a chemical peel can last much longer than just the 30 to 60 minutes it takes to get it done. Chemical peels lift away dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Those skin cells were probably covering up the healthy skin underneath and preventing your skincare products from penetrating the surface to work properly. Removing the dead cells makes way for healthy cells that are more receptive to the products that will make your skin glow.
When the top layer of skin is eliminated during your chemical peel, it signals the skin below to start making new, healthy cells. It also signals your body to product hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally-occurring substance in skin cells that retains water to keep tissues lubricated. When your cells have the right amount of lubrication, they appear plump and healthy instead of dry and damaged. This also has the added benefit of reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Clear skin is more than just skin without acne, and chemical peels provide several benefits to address all aspects of skin health. The peels dissolve the connection between dead skin cells on the surface, removing a layer of skin that leaves behind smoother, softer skin below. They are also one of the best ways to address melasma that causes dark spots, leaving you with a more even-looking skin tone.
Find out more about the benefits of chemical peels and how they can help you take better care of your skin by calling or scheduling an appointment today.
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