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What Does Light, Medium, or Deep Chemical Peels Mean?

Chemical peels use a solution containing specific acids to exfoliate your skin and stimulate its regeneration process. These treatments can address a wide range of concerns, and your dermatologist can determine which level of peel: light, medium, or deep, adequately fits your skin type and needs.

Your provider can use a chemical peel to treat a variety of issues including:

  • Acne
  • Discoloration
  • Skin irregularities
  • Fine lines
  • Scarring
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Excessive sebum production

Your provider cleanses your skin before applying the acidic solution. The time the peel stays on your skin depends on the depth you are getting. After the peel has done its work, your dermatologist can remove it and usually applies a moisturizing lotion to soothe any irritation.

By safely removing the outer layers of your skin, a chemical peel resurfaces it to bring out healthier and younger cells and create a beautiful glow.

Light Chemical Peels

Light or superficial peels only exfoliate the top layer of your skin, the epidermis. They can effectively treat acne-prone skin and regular your oil production. They can address dry skin or fine lines and wrinkles. If you are new to chemical peels, they are the most comfortable and mildest option.

Superficial peels often use glycolic acid, and you may require multiple treatments to achieve the results you are looking for. You can get a light chemical peel once a week and it may take a few days for your skin texture to even out as your body processes the peel. This type of peel is also convenient because you require no downtime afterward.

Medium Chemical Peels

Medium peels can use different chemical solutions but many incorporate trichloroacetic acids. Dermatologists use this acid on its own or combine it with others like salicylic or glycolic acids. If a chemical peel uses more than 20% trichloroacetic acid, only a medical professional is allowed to use it. This type of peel is especially effective for deeper wrinkles, acne scars, or sun damage.

This depth of chemical peels treats the skin layer below the epidermis: the dermis. You may experience moderate stinging or burning when your skin reacts to it. You may need up to a week to recover from it, with side effects such as swelling and redness before the old skin sheds to reveal younger skin cells underneath.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels also target the dermis but can use a higher concentration of trichloroacetic acid, or even phenol acid. Your dermatologist generally leaves the peel on your skin for a longer time for its components to work as necessary.

You normally only get a deep chemical peel once due to its ingredients and acid concentration levels. Sedation is common during the application, and your dermatologist may recommend alternatives for skin resurfacing, like laser treatments.

They require a longer healing period with lingering side effects like tightening, heightened sensitivity, redness, and swelling. You should follow every aftercare instruction that your skin care professional provides you after the procedure for your safety and to optimize your recovery.

Contact Advanced Dermatology Center today at (818) 284-4003 to schedule a chemical peel appointment in Burbank!