//A peel is a term that is often loosely applied to a procedure of applying alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to the face, chest, or extremities. The goal of these peels is to remove the top layers of skin cells and increase cell turnover. In laymen’s terms, these peels will help decrease fine lines and wrinkles, and some will also diminish dark discolorations like melasma. These acids are naturally occurring in nature, though most are manufactured today for more predictable and uniform results.
Lactic peels exfoliate and stimulate the skin. This peel is best suited for people who need a softer exfoliation and require a milder approach to skin rejuvenation. There is usually no down time.
Glycolic peels are for people who want a more aggressive skin rejuvenation. Glycolic peels come in different strengths. Some people have some slight flaking of the skin with the higher strengths and some do not.
Salicylic peels are especially suited for acne. Some people may have some peeling or flaking of the skin.
Jessner’s peel is a more aggressive peel giving especially good results in diminishing the hyperpigmented skin, like melasma. Depending on how many layers are applied and how aggressive the patient wants to be, there can be peeling of the skin for 2-4 days. The results can be impressive.