May 2, 2017Chemical Peels – Does everyone “Peel”?
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We love chemical peels! Few things can match the radiant glow and even-tone created by regular chemical peels, our acne patients have been especially big fans of these peels. The formula expertly targets acne breakout as well as hyper-pigmented scarring left behind from past breakout. Our patients whose issues are dullness or signs of aging, such as fine lines and visible pores, love the boost in collagen creating firmer, brighter skin.

A chemical peel is used to improve surface skin tone and texture. An exfoliating formula is applied to the skin to lower PH, allowing connections between dead skin cells to loosen, inducing exfoliation and stimulating new cell growth.

This process causes superficial layers of dead skin to slough off, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion. Chemical peels can also thicken the epidermis, increase dermal volume and stimulate collagen production creating a bright and dewy glow to the skin.

Chemical peels work by deeply exfoliating the surface layers of skin, forcing your body to quickly replenish it with healthy new cells. When peels are performed regularly, the skin becomes accustomed to this process and begins to rejuvenate itself like younger skin.

Why we love them:

  • Improves skin texture, tone & firmness
  • Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lightens hyperpigmentation caused by acne scarring & sun spots
  • Targets acne breakouts
  • Reduces appearance of pore size
  • Creates smooth and radiant complexion

Visible vs. Microscopic Peeling

There’s more than one way to peel a face 😉 Patient expectations for single superficial chemical peels are often unrealistically high. In actual fact, several treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results, especially if we are treating a specific condition, such as acne.

When we hear the word “peel” we expect visible sloughing of the skin to occur. And, for many of us, this is the case for the following 7 days post-peel. However, superficial peels may not necessarily induce a visible peel. Rather, the exfoliation and enhanced cell turnover is often at the cellular level and microscopic. If you looked in a microscope, you would see skin flaking and if you rubbed your skin, you may notice some skin roll off the surface. AlumierMD peel treatments are formulated to brighten the complexion and improve skin texture, tone, fine lines and acne, regardless of whether the patient sees visible exfoliation following treatment.

Visual peeling is not an indication of how effective a peel performs. We are so wired to think that a “peel will cause “peeling” of the skin, when in fact, sometimes the more healthy and conditioned the skin, the less it will peel/flake/shed.

As with any clinical skin treatment, all results are individual and depend on any number of factors. We will always give you as much information as possible so you are prepared for a successful peel!

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