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Why Chemical Peels are a Must for Your Skin

Ever wonder how beautiful glowing skin happens? The answer is chemical peels!  The word “chemical” may sound scary to some, but there is nothing to fear.  Peels are just another form of exfoliation.  Unlike topical scrubs which only work on the surface of the skin, peels penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin revealing a newer, fresher layer of skin, which more vibrant and youthful look.

How They Work

The acids that are used in chemical peels loosen the bonds between cells.  When that happens, the upper layers of tissue are dissolved and the skin instantly starts to rejuvenate itself, allowing new tissue to come to the surface.  In more simple terms, peels remove all excess and dead skin leaving behind brand new skin! For those who are scared of any damage, don’t worry! Not all peels are equal.

 There are 3 different types of peels:

  1. Deep Peels
    These are the strongest form, which means they can be the most discomforting, and need much more recovery time to heal (possibly weeks).  Normally carbolic acid and trichloroacetic acids (aka TCA) are used which cause a deeper burn to the skin, and produces much more dramatic results in deep wrinkles, and pigmentation that goes beyond just the surface due to the amount of peeling that takes place.
  2. Medium Peels
    They are a more mild form of a deep peel which will not require as much recovery time.  These are best to treat surface wrinkles, and uneven skin tone leaving the skin noticeably more vibrant and smooth.
  3. Light Peels (These are the peels we offer at Bamboo Leaf)
    These are the gentlest versions of peels which are extremely effective with very little down time, also known as “Lunch Time Peels”.  They result in very little redness and mild flaking, if any.  Normally Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) are used.  AHAs are great for dry skin and help improve hydration.  BHAs help to exfoliate a little deeper and are recommended for oily, and problematic skin.

The Benefits  

Peels can be one of the least invasive ways to improve the look of skin with instant results.  They can be a fast track to smother and brighter skin.  Chemical peels increase cell turn over which helps to produce collagen giving the skin a more plump and youthful look as well as reducing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and pigmentation.  This is something that is a must for your skin care routine.

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