Patients considering alternative treatments to laser facials and microdermabrasion may consider the benefits of chemical peels. Dr. Grayman is a physician who recommends a variety of chemical peels to patients of different skin tones, textures, and conditions. Chemical peels help in removing the upper layer of the skin to rejuvenate the face by improving skin cell turnover.
Chemical peels are used to address imperfections and conditions including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Reducing the appearance of freckles
- Reducing sun spots and pigmentation concerns
- Addressing acne and acne scars
- Improving the overall tone and texture of the skin
Dr. Grayman of Pure Skin Dermatology in Orlando is a physician who offers a wide variety of chemical peels. The peel chosen for one patient may not be the same as that for another, as each patient’s skin condition is unique. Treatment plans are determined based on an individual’s needs, and may include a low grade peel or a more aggressive chemical peel based on budget, condition severity, and allotted downtime.
An Alpha Hydroxy Acid peel, or AHA peel, is a superficial chemical peel that can improve the surface of the skin. It can be used in conjunction with bleaching agents to reduce skin discoloration caused by hormones, sun damage, and aging. Patients are required to allow approximately 4-5 days for recovery, as the skin will appear to have a sunburn and may peel over the course of several days.
A TCA peel, also known as a Trichloroacetic Acid peel, is a medium grade chemical peel. This can address more conditions than the AHA peel, and it can improve acne, fine lines, and skin imperfections at the surface level. Downtime for treatment is approximately one week to 10 days, and can result in mild swelling, peeling, scabbing, crusting, and overall redness of the face.
Carbolic Acid / Phenol Peel
When patients require deep, restorative chemical peels, a carbolic acid or phenol peel may be necessary. This peel is a higher grade, aggressive chemical peel that removes deeper imperfections including sun spots, wrinkles, and acne. This very intense peel should only be considered if a patient has downtime scheduled. and is prepared for what to expect. Physicians such as Dr. Grayman must perform these to reduce risks and provide effective and safe care. Severe swelling and peeling can occur, and many patients benefit by using pain medications during this time. Several weeks are needed for the skin to improve, and patients are required to stay out of the sun and not wear make-up during this healing process.