Bright, youthful, and healthy skin are some of the top desires in terms of appearance. So much so that 70% of Americans want to undergo cosmetic enhancement to improve their appearance. This could include a wide range of treatments, including Botox, plastic surgery, and facials.
One of the most common non-surgical treatments you can get is called a chemical peel. Chemical peels are known for helping with a number of skin conditions, including wrinkles, signs of aging, acne scars, and more. Not many people know, though, that there are different types of chemical peels.
Which is the best chemical peel for you, then? Well, keep reading. Here we explore three types of chemical peels and when they’re best used.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
No matter the type of peel you go for, all are essentially the same treatment. Usually performed on the face, but also done on the hands and neck, a peel puts a layer of a chemical solution on the top of the skin. The chemicals in this solution trigger the top layer of your skin to peel and exfoliate away, which reveals newer, fresher, and younger-looking skin underneath.
The Best Chemical Peel for Your Skin: Three Peel Types Explained
While all chemical peels follow the process described above, the three types of chemical peels differ based on the intensity of their treatment: the superficial (“lunchtime”) peel, the medium peel, and the deep peel.
The lunchtime peel is the least intense type of chemical peel. So much so you can get it done on your lunch break and return to work afterward. This is why it’s often called a “lunchtime” peel.
It uses a mild chemical solution that’s pretty gentle and only exfoliates the very top layer of skin. This is a great choice if you only have a few wrinkles, mild discoloration, or some rough patches of skin.
The medium peel goes a bit deeper than the lunchtime peel. It exfoliates and peels away the outer and middle layers of your skin by using slightly stronger acid types than the lunchtime peel.
This type of peel is for someone with more signs of aging, like sun spots, wrinkles, fine lines, freckles, and more intense discoloration. It can also treat certain types of precancerous skin growths.
The deep peel is best if you’re looking to smooth out more intense wrinkles, acne scars, freckles, more intense discoloration, and sun damage. Don’t underestimate the intensity though: It uses an intense type of acid that penetrates deep into your layers of skin and begins a huge peeling process.
While you will likely see dramatic results with this type of peel, the intensity of the treatment means it’s usually only performed once to avoid damaging your skin.
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There’s no one “best chemical peel” for everyone. Each type of peel works well for different goals and desires. If you want a quick procedure to smooth out some light wrinkles, consider the lunchtime peel. If you want to get rid of acne scars and deep-set wrinkles, the deep peel could be for you.