Is a Chemical Peel Right for Your Skin Type?

March 21 2014

The chemical peel is a method of removing top layers of the facial skin to reveal newer skin below. This process produces a fresher and brighter complexion that helps people look younger. Chemical peels can provide improved results for all skin types, without the need for invasive cosmetic surgery. However, patients should be aware of certain precautions when choosing the type of chemical peel for their needs.

Sensitive Skin

A deep peel may be too harsh for your facial skin. Alphahydroxy peels, or other acids that produce very light effects, may be best for this type of skin. The redness that is common after chemical peels may linger for longer period on these patients.

Dry Skin

If your skin is naturally dry, a chemical peel can help to remove the dull look of the face and reveal fresher skin beneath. Before your peel, be sure to stop using any products that can increase dryness, such as toners that contain alcohol. After a chemical peel, you may experience some peeling and dryness of the skin. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and only use products that he or she advises.

Oily Skin

For oily skin, most cosmetic surgeons recommend a glycolic peel or salicylic acid peel. These are considered medium depth peels and can help to slow down the production of sebum in the skin.

Normal Skin

Normal skin can generally use any type of chemical peel without harmful results, whether light, moderate or deep. Your doctor will determine the right type of peels to provide the specific results you desire.

African American or Asian Skin

African American skin or Asian skin can be particularly sensitive and prone to scarring. Your doctor will advise you on whether a light peel can safely provide the improvement of skin tone and texture that you need.

Redhead with Freckled Skin

People with naturally red hair often have the pale, fair skin that goes with it. This type of skin can be susceptible to damage and scarring. Some of the chemicals used in deeper peels may have a damaging effect on this type of skin. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon about the best type of peel for your individual needs.

A board-certified surgeon that specializes in cosmetic surgery will be able to advise you on the best treatment of your particular skin type. Call for a consultation today to learn whether a chemical peel can help to improve your appearance.

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