A derma peel is a type of chemical peel for the face that removes the outer layers of sun exposed skin through the use of two types of acidic formulae; alpha hydroxy (AHA) and trichloroacetic (TCA). What these rather fancily termed substances do is augment and bolster your skin’s texture, as well as treat imbalances in pigmentation, smooth out wrinkles and lines, and address facial blemishes. When the dead skin cells are removed, they make way for the rejuvenated, fresher, healthier skin that has been awaiting its entrance to the world. With the old skin peeled away, your new, glowing skin is sure to stand out.
Despite the almost magical effects of a perfect derma peel, there are sadly, some who may not be proper candidates for this type of skin care. For example, anyone who has previously used Accutane, a potent acne treatment, must be off the medication in all its forms, for six months to a full year before considering a perfect derma peel. It may not be wise for individuals with heart, kidney, or liver damage to receive a derma peel either, because some of the acids used can exacerbate conditions already present in any one of these organs. Patients who frequently suffer from cold sores, a common outgrowth of herpes simplex one (HSV), have abnormally dark skin, whether in patches or throughout, or suffer from overgrown scar tissue that grows over previously damaged skin, are likely to be referred for a different type of treatment. While we want everyone to look their absolute best, we cannot sacrifice one’s overall health for their complexion.
The short answer, is that it depends on what it is you are looking for in a skin care treatment. If you are looking for a method that removes dead skin cells with the goal of stimulating collagen, microdermabrasion may be right for you. This treatment is performed through the use of a specially designed wand that applies suction to your skin to remove the dead cells. Microdermabrasion is recommended for those seeking deep exfoliation and a sun kissed glow.
Derma peels on the other hand, use acidic solutions that are applied in mask form, and then peeled off the skin in order to exfoliate, treat indentations of the skin, acne breakouts, and hyper and hypopigmentation. Derma peels are great for those seeking to repair these types of issues while also rejuvenating their skin’s health and tone.
Not sure which treatment is right for you? Contact us so we can discuss the best treatments for your skin care needs.
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