Three Types of Chemicals Peels: Which One Is Right for You?

As the largest human organ, our skin works overtime to protect the body from the external environment and to regulate body temperature through sweat. There are several layers of skin and, over time, dead skin cells, dirt, and oil pile up and clog the pores. When that happens, the skin on your face can become dry, dull, and less supple. You might notice that topical products like moisturizing creams and makeup don’t absorb as well, and they leave a gritty film and residue on your face, making the problem worse. 

A chemical peel treatment removes the dead layer of surface skin on your face for a smoother, healthier, and, in some cases, a younger looking finish. Dr. Kirit Bhatt, our award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon, and the dermatology team at Rejuve Plastic Surgery offer a range of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic services at our office in McLean, Virginia.

The best chemical peel treatment for your skin type

Knowing your skin type and the best way to take care of it is the first step in getting — and keeping — healthy and younger looking skin. In some cases, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, for example, getting the wrong treatment can be just as bad or worse than no treatment at all. Dr. Bhatt and our team of skin care and plastic surgery specialists work with you one on one to find the best chemical peel treatment for your skin type and lifestyle.

Alphahydroxy (AHA) chemical peel

An alphahydroxy chemical peel is generally a milder treatment derived from citric, lactic, glycolic, and malic acids, which occur naturally in fruits, milk, and sugar. AHA peels hydrate the skin and are great for improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Alphahydroxy is also a common treatment for acne and other surface skin issues.

Trichloroacetic (TCA) chemical peel

TCA chemical peels are designed to remove the surface layer of dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new skin cells to improve the general appearance of your skin and any imperfections like scars and pigmentation. TCA peels penetrate a deeper layer of the skin than AHA peels, so you may experience temporary redness and irritation for a few days following the procedure.

Phenol chemical peel

Phenol chemical peels penetrate the skin deeper than TCA and AHA peels and are used to treat more extensive skin damage. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, phenol chemical peels may be used for deep wrinkles, sun damage, and precancerous lesions.

Like any cosmetic treatment, even milder forms of chemical peel treatments should always be performed by a licensed professional aesthetician or dermatologist for your safety and to ensure the best results.

For more information about chemical peels and other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments for the face and body, contact us at Rejuve Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhatt. Call our office today, or request your appointment online.

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