Even great skin can suffer damage from environmental or lifestyle factors, resulting in wrinkles, pigmentation changes, uneven tone, or poor texture. If you are interested in finding a minimally invasive treatment that will make your skin look smoother, younger, and healthier, a chemical peel at Westside Laser & Light might be just what you need to achieve your skin care goals.
Chemical peels work by removing the damaged outer layer(s) of skin to reveal a fresh, more radiant complexion underneath. Although most patients choose this treatment to improve their facial skin, some also see benefits on their neck, chest, or hands.
The main ingredient in our peels is alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxyl acid. Althought you can buy AHA and BHA products in drugstores and department stores, but these products are not permitted to contain concentrations high enough to have much more than a maintenance effect on the skin. Also, over-the-counter products usually have a high pH (more alkaline), which further dampens their effectiveness, so even though at-home products are recommended, they cannot replace the efficacy of an in-office peel.
Most people understand the effects of chemical peels on the surface of the skin. Superficially, a peel loosens and removes the layer of dead cells & keratinocytes on the skin’s surface, thinning the stratum corneum, thus revealing the smoother, healthier-looking layer below. AHA’s modulate the formation of the stratum corneum by diminishing the cellular cohesion, which means the glue that holds dead skin cells together on the skin.
Many people don’t know about AHAs effects on the deeper dermal layer. Glycolic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid, on topical application to photo damaged skin, have been shown to produce increased amounts of mucopolysaccharides and collagen and increased dermal thickness without detectable inflammation, as monitored by skin biopsies. Salicylic acid works as a keratolytic, comedolytic and bacteriostatic agent, causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again and allowing room for new cell growth.
For this reason, regular peels can help with fine lines, brown marks and dry spots (solar keratosis). They also help with the treatment of acne by stripping away the plugs where acne bumps can form, and even reduce the appearance of mild scarring over time (although for more dramatic results lasers are a far better option.