Better Skin Through Peeling
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
Exfoliation. It’s the key to healthy, young-looking skin. Just ask a snake out in the Georgia woods; they shed an entire layer of skin at one time. Human skin is continually exfoliating, shedding dead cells and replacing them with new cells. But humans are nothing if not impatient — sometimes we’d like to speed things up a bit.
At Snodgrass & Robinson, we offer various chemical peels to help your exfoliation along.
What is a chemical peel?
Peeling away our outer, dull layer of shedding skin is nothing new. Cleopatra was an early proponent of the practice. She used sour milk, and it’s lactic acid as the peeling agent. Romans also used tartaric acid found in grapes.
Chemical peels primarily deal with the epidermis, the skin’s outer 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.
What are skin issues improved with a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are not intended to address deep facial lines, and they cannot help loose sagging skin. But they improve these conditions:
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Texture issues
- Pigmentation problems
- Age Spots
- Acne and acne scars
- Scaly patches
Also called superficial peels, these easy-to-take peels exfoliate the outermost layer of the epidermis, removing dead and damaged skin cells and giving the skin renewed glow. These peels use naturally derived alpha hydroxy acids: glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane, grapes, or sugar beets), lactic acid (derived from sour milk), or salicylic acid (derived from plants). Light peels can be done on a regular basis.
Medium-depth peels can penetrate into the dermis slightly. The peeling agent is trichloroacetic acid. We use medium peels to treat acne scarring, deeper wrinkles, and areas of uneven pigmentation. Medium peels require some recovery time, as they leave the skin red and stinging. There will be some crusting and redness that can linger for a few weeks. Medium peels can only be done three to four times per year.
If you’re interested in renewing your skin with a chemical peel at Snodgrass & Robinson, please call us at (706) 622-4938 to schedule an appointment.
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