SOLLAY LASER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
Terrance L. Baker, MD, MS
Hana Kelele, CRNP, PhD
Modesta Vesonder, CRNP, MS
A Family Practice Board Certified Office
Applying a facial peel results in removal of the outer layer of skin. The top layers of the epidermis (outer layer) flakes away as a result of the bonds between the outer aged skin cells being broken down by the peel and washed away. There is stimulation of the dermis which lies beneath this outer layer which increases skin cell production regeneration. This means that that the renewal part of the peel causes shedding as the dead skin to reveal the new vibrant living skin beneath. The amount of peeling will largely depend on the strength and type of peel you use. For example, a light superficial peel will most likely not give you any shedding at all where as a medium and more concentrated peel that you would have in a doctor’s office will usually result in significant shedding and peeling in the days following the process.
Personally, I never had shedding after a peel and that’s the way I want it. Using super strength mega peels isn’t a good idea for so many reasons. First you can actually burn your skin with some products and risk infection, pigmentation and scarring. Second, even if you get off lucky without immediate burns the damage that you do with cumulative years might take months or years to even show up. I’m talking about pigmentation, excessive thinning of the skin and discoloration. It’s not worth the risk especially if you are using retinol of any strength as well as your peel, forget it. You can use a superficial peel about once a month with deeper peels being used once a year depending on your skin type and skin concerns.
Example of a superficial peel is a peel done in a clinic at a lower strength. An example of a medium to deep peel definitely done in clinic by a doctor or nurse practitioner and will cause visible shedding for about a week afterwards.
I love to look super glowy as much as the next guy, but there is one thing that has come up in conversations that I have had with Dermatologist and skin experts is how prolific the overuse of at home peels is becoming.
I highly recommend that peels be applied by a professional. Peels are brilliant and absolutely have there place in your aesthetic routine. Professional peels like Skin Medica Rejuvenize however applied by a professional is highly recommended not only to obtain the results that you desire but to prevent injury. If you really want to make a noticeable difference in your skin, we recommend Skin Medica Rejuvenize peel. Also, if you are using peels, daily high factor sunscreen is essential. If you are using peels, you must wear SPF 50 which will provide you with the protection necessary to prevent skin damage and to maintain the results of your peels.
Call today, 410-644-7655, to schedule a consultation with our staff to discuss your skin and the role that professional peels might play in restoring your skin to its natural beauty.