Don’t Peel that Clementine, Peel Your Dull Skin

chemical-peelsYou may not know this, but the human body is continually shedding skin. OK, we’re not like a rattlesnake, molting off our entire skin layer at one time. But we ARE shedding constantly. Ever heard of dust in your house? A large part of its makeup is shed human skin cells.

Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to give processes such as skin shedding a little boost. That’s what a chemical peel with Dr. Malamet can do: boost the exfoliation of your skin to remove the dead and dull skin on the surface and reveal the younger, healthier skin beneath. Periodic peeling of the skin helps stimulate cellular activity and can be used for addressing a variety of skin issues: from age spots to acne, enlarged pores to pre-cancerous growths. At Dr. Malamet’s we offer chemical peels that exfoliate either lightly, moderately, or aggressively depending on the chemical used.

What is a chemical peel?

Our skin is comprised of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the fat layer. Chemical peels primarily deal with the epidermis, blistering the upper layer, but can also penetrate the dermis layer. The surface skin loosens and eventually peels off, allowing new, unblemished skin to take the place of the older, dead and damaged cells. Chemical peels are an easy, non-invasive option for skin rejuvenation. They follow a similar approach as ablative laser skin resurfacing.

What skin problems can be remedied with a chemical peel?

Chemical peels do not address deep facial lines and they cannot tighten loose, sagging skin. But they are excellent for these skin conditions:

  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Texture issues
  • Pigmentation problems
  • Age spots
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Freckles
  • Scaly patches

Different chemicals = different degrees of peels

Dr. Malamet offers a variety of peel options depending on what skin condition the patient seeks to address. The chemical solution and how long it is applied to the skin is the determinant of the aggressiveness of the peel. Dr. Malamet uses these peeling agents: glycolic acid (light peels), tricholoracetic acid (medium peels), salicylic acid (medium peels), lactic acid (light peels), or carbolic acid (deep peels).

  • Light or superficial chemical peels are excellent for exfoliating the outermost layer of the epidermis, removing dead and damaged skin cells, and refreshing the skin’s glow.
  • Medium-depth peels penetrate more deeply, into the dermis layer. We use them to treat acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.
  • Deep peels penetrate into the lower dermal layer and can address deeper wrinkles, sun damage, pre-cancerous growths, blotchy skin, and scars.
  • Light peels may have some light peeling for the next few days, but there really isn’t any recovery time. Medium and deep peels will involve some crusting of the skin and more involved recovery times.

If you’re interested in sloughing off your old, dull skin a chemical peel with Dr. Malamet could be a good option for you. Call us at 818-380-3130 and let’s discuss which peel could be right for you.

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