Which Chemical Peel Is Right for You?

Wrinkles, sun damage, acne, and years of living all add up for most of us, making our faces much less young looking and vibrant than they used to be. If you’ve ever wanted to just take off the top layer of your skin and start over, you might have that option with a chemical peel.

Chemical peels are procedures that use chemical solutions to rejuvenate your skin, improving its texture, clarity, and smoothness.

At Melanie Adams Dermatology in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Adams and our expert team are well-versed in these procedures. Here’s what you need to know about chemical peels and what type of peel might be best for you. 

What is a chemical peel?

During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to your face and then removed after a certain period of time. The solution is designed to penetrate into the layers of your skin, which causes at least the topmost layer to peel off.

Losing one or more layers of skin helps treat sun damage and acne, while promoting the growth of new skin cells, leaving your face looking young, healthy, and vibrant. Peels can also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.*

The more powerful the solution and the longer it’s on your skin, the deeper the peel goes.

Types of chemical peels

There are several types of chemical peels, and Dr. Adams can help you determine which type is right for you.

Glycolic peels

If you want a mild peel that exfoliates your skin and helps slough off dead skin cells to rejuvenate your face’s appearance from dull to bright, a glycolic peel is your best bet. This works well if you want to repair damage from the sun, acne, or hyperpigmentation.

Salicylic peels

If you have skin that’s acne-prone and congested with lots of whiteheads and blackheads, a peel with salicylic acid can penetrate into your pores to help clear up the congestion. This helps control the oil and target the bacteria causing your acne.

TCA peels

A TCA peel uses trichloroacetic acid to penetrate more deeply than a glycolic or salicylic peel, which makes it a good option for anyone who wants to treat scarring or pigmentation problems. 

This medical-grade peel can also help deal with fine lines, but it doesn’t work as well for sensitive skin. With a TCA peel, you should expect some recovery time — your skin won’t stop peeling for about a week.

No matter which chemical peel you choose, we make sure you get the best treatment possible at Melanie Adams Dermatology. Just call our office or fill out our appointment request form to set up your first consultation.

*Individual results may vary

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