A DEEPER LOOK into Chemical Peels
Alpha hydroxy treatments and TCA peels
Glycolic acid, Lactic acid or “fruity acid” treatments can offer smoother skin to people of all ages. This type of treatment seems to work best on patients who have rough, sun-damaged skin. Alpha hydroxy acids are also sometimes formulated with lightening ingredients in order to correct areas of uneven pigmentation. TCA peels are equally as popular giving the ability to customize and strengthen the treatment as the skin changes and demands further attention.
Reactions/side-effects: It’s important to remember that side-effects may occur even with these superficial skin treatments. No serious clinical problems have been associated with Alpha hydroxy acids, but their use may cause temporary skin irritation and redness. Switching to a milder formula may remedy the problem which will be discussed at the time of consult.
Beginning treatment: Treatments vary in strength depending on skin type , but all formulas helps slough away dry, sun-damaged skin on the face’s surface and dissolve cellular debris. Treatments may contain special lightening agents if needed, along with multiple anti-aging ingredients. In most cases, the solution is applied to the face , and/or body parts, and left on for the remainder of the day/night. The strength of the acid formulation or the frequency of its use will change from visit to visit, after evaluating your skin’s condition and how it’s responded after the treatment given.
Post treatment: Although it is fairly uncommon to experience redness, irritation, itching, stinging, or skin dryness once you begin the treatments, these are considered very temporary side effects. You can expect these symptoms to gradually disappear as the skin adjusts to the treatments, and you continue to use the appropriate products at home. All instructions are given at the time of treatment.
Caring for your new skin: Because these types of superficial treatments typically thin the skin’s outer layer, you will need to consistently use a sun-block to protect yourself from ultraviolet light, and you may have to discontinue using certain products or cosmetics on you face. This is also discussed prior to treatment. Thinning this layer of skin helps with the overall smoothness of the skin, and is very beneficial to the health of the skin. The remaining layers of the skin automatically regenerate themselves at a faster pace, which results in fresher, healthier skin with more clarity.
Although the degree of change varies from person to person, with continued use of a professional regimen, you will begin to see improvements in the texture and tone of your skin. In most cases, clients notice an overall freshness and smoothness. After a while, pigmented blotches fade or disappear as the lightening process continues. The time necessary for visible results depends on the degree of pigmentation and individual circumstances. Some patients see results in as little as four to six weeks. However, compliancy with home care regimens is more than 50% of the final result! You, as well as the products you use at home are a big part of the program and it’s final outcome.
Contact Cheryl today for a complimentary skin care consultation. After consulting with Cheryl Ann, she will design a program for you. This will include not only the recommended treatments, but a home regimen as well.