What Are the Differences Between Light, Medium, and Deep Chemical Peels in
For patients exploring their options for a chemical peel in Toronto, it is useful to understand the different types of peels available and how they work.
Light chemical peels do not penetrate very deep. Rather, they target the most superficial layer of skin. Peels that are slightly more penetrative and more concentrated are medium peels. Deep peels go beyond the top layers of the skin.
Producing New Collagen
A Glycolic Acid Peel
A popular type of light chemical peel is a glycolic acid peel. Glycolic acid is part of the alpha hydroxy family of natural ingredients and is a fruit acid derived from sugar cane. It is the only type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) able to penetrate the walls of the skin cells due to its molecular size. Typically, this type of peel is best suited for people looking to treat fine lines and wrinkles as well as acne. Glycolic acid gives the skin a much smoother look by causing the bulk of the outermost layer of the skin to lift off and separate from the underlying skin. When this occurs, the healthy and visibly smoother skin below is revealed.
Another type of light, superficial peel is a lactic peel. Since this type of peel is derived from natural products such as buttermilk, sour cream, or yogourt, it is typically one of the best-tolerated and mildest forms of chemical peels available. The lactic peel works similar to other acid peels by causing skin cells to loosen their bond, which stimulates the elastic fibres in the dermis layer of the skin to produce new collagen. Peels that are slightly more penetrative and more concentrated are medium peels.
Jessner’s Formula is a type of medium peel that is effective for treating a variety of skin conditions such as acne, acne scars, pigmentation concerns, and photo-damaged and aged skin. This type of peel is more thorough than most AHA peels, as it as the ability to accelerate the skin rejuvenation process.
Effectiveness of a Chemical Peel
Patients who have had a medium chemical peel in Toronto typically achieve dramatic results, particularly people suffering from acne and pigmentation issues.
Salicylic peel is another type of medium peel that promotes cell rejuvenation and unclogs pores. Normally this peel is most beneficial when used to treat mild acne, oily skin, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation concerns.
A deep chemical peel is the TCA peel. TCA is a non-toxic chemical that is a relative of vinegar. When TCA is applied to the skin, the top layers of cells dry up and peel off over the days and weeks following the treatment. Once the old skin has completely peeled off, the smoother, undamaged skin below is revealed.
Everyone’s skin is different. Therefore, the type of chemical peel that is appropriate for one patient will not necessarily be appropriate for another patient even if they are looking to address the same concerns. This is because skin type is a key factor when it comes to the results and effectiveness of a chemical peel in Toronto.
At Dr. Torgerson’s facial cosmetic surgery clinic, a variety of different peels are offered to suit patients’ individual needs. Prioritizing each patient’s comfort and goals, Dr. Torgerson conducts in-depth consultations with each patient to understand their goals and recommend a treatment plan accordingly.
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