Who Can Benefit from a Chemical Peel?
- Chemical peels use a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) and Betahydroxy acids (BHAs) are used for this purpose. The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient's needs.
- Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons – to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Chemical peel can aid in lightening brown spots brought on by age (hyperpigmentation), pregnancy (pregnancy mask), and overexposure to the sun (melasma). It can soften facial acne scars and even control acne.
- Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin. AHA peels may be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne.
- Betahydroxy acid (BHA or Salicylic Acid) is a standard in skin care used to treat a number of skin issues. Like AHA, BHA works well as an exfoliant by penetrating deep into pores, sloughing off dead skin cells to make room for new ones. After six months of daily application, BHA is reported to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, roughness and mottled pigmentation caused by sun damage. It is also commonly used to treat a wide variety of acne or oily skin conditions and aids in reducing inflammation.
- Various concentrations of an AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to obtain the best result. Your aesthetician will make this decision during your consultation and as the treatment proceeds. AHA may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting. Infection risk is unlikely unless you are prone to cold sores. Peels will not be performed if you show signs of infection.
Chemical Peel in Orange County: What to Expect
- During your initial consultation, it is important that you discuss your expectations with your aesthetician. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns that you may have. Expect your aesthetician to explain the planned procedure in detail, including its risks and benefits, the recovery period and the costs.
- If you have a history of herpes, you should inform your physician prior to the procedure. Remember, chemical peel treatments are usually not covered by medical insurance.
- Sometimes Retin-A, a prescription medication derived from Vitamin A, is used to pre-treat the skin. This thins out the skin's surface layer, allowing the peel solution to penetrate more deeply and evenly. If your skin won't tolerate Retin-A pre-treatment, an AHA cream may be used instead. Hydroquinone, a bleaching agent, is sometimes used in conjunction with Retin-A or AHA pre-treatment, especially if you have blotchy skin areas or pigmentation problems.
- Your aesthetician will apply the appropriate peel solution to your cleansed facial skin, a process that usually takes no more than 10 minutes. No "after-peel" ointment or covering is required. Depending on the strength of the peel, periodic treatments may be necessary until the desired effects are achieved.
What Happens After Chemical Peels?
- Improvements from AHA or BHA peels may be very subtle at first. You may detect a healthier glow to your skin. With continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin. You may also notice a lightening of pigmentation and decreased skin congestion.
- BHA may cause stinging, redness, irritation, crusting, peeling, prolonged warmth and photo sensitivity.
- All chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risk. Chemical peel is normally a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified, experienced clinical aesthetician. However, some unpredictability and risks such as infection and scarring, while infrequent, are possible.
Alternatives to Chemical Peels
- For some patients, the application of an appropriate cleansing system, creams and serums once or twice a day at home will be sufficient to accomplish the desired goal. Your aesthetician may add Retin-A or a bleaching agent to your at-home treatment schedule. After several weeks of at-home use, your aesthetician will examine your skin to determine if your regimen needs adjustment.
- Laser skin resurfacing procedures may also be an excellent option for patients looking to rejuvenate their skin.
- A medical strength skin care regimen may be used in addition to or instead of a chemical peel treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation
Your consultation with Dr. Krugman will provide you with all the necessary information about your chemical peel. It will include all possible complications as well as your relevant medical history. Please call 714‐972‐1811 to schedule a consultation. Our office is located in the Tustin/Santa Ana area at 720 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 202, Santa Ana, CA 92705.