Spring is here, so it's time to doff your coat, shed your winter skin, and welcome the warmer weather.
But if you think your skin will emerge supple and luminous after the chill of winter, think again. Even in Texas, harsher winds, cooler temps, and drier air (combined with the year-round aggressors that threaten your skin) are a recipe for dull, lackluster skin.
Enter chemical peels.
Here's everything you should know about this wonder-working treatment.
Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments where we apply a chemical solution to your skin to exfoliate and remove the outer layers.
These outer layers are where most of your skin problems lie, and by carefully sloughing them off, we reveal the smoother, healthier layers below. The result is less wrinkled, brighter, and more youthful-looking skin.
Winter can wreak havoc on your skin, no matter how hard you try to protect it. Fortunately, chemical peels have the answer to frustrating post-frost problems like these:
A chemical peel improves the texture of your skin by removing dead, dried-out skin cells and promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone.
If you have uneven skin tone or you're still sporting dark spots and sun damage from last summer, a chemical peel can help. The exfoliation process sheds the top layer of skin where these imperfections live, revealing brighter, more even skin underneath.
Collagen is a crucial protein in your skin that gives it elasticity and firmness. As you age, collagen production gradually decreases, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Chemical peels stimulate collagen production, producing firmer, more youthful skin.
If you have large pores, a chemical peel can help reduce their appearance. The deep exfoliation removes dirt, oil, and debris that can clog pores and make them appear larger.
Chemical peels may also prevent and treat acne because the exfoliation process unclogs pores and removes bacteria that lead to breakouts.
The strength of the chemical peel depends on how deeply we need to exfoliate to improve your complexion. We offer three different types of chemical peels — glycolic chemical peels, Replenix® MD Perfect 10 Peel, and trichloroacetic (TCA) peels — to address a wide range of skin problems.
We thoroughly review your skin and discuss your treatment goals in detail before recommending a specific type of peel. We might also suggest that you have other cosmetic or medical dermatology services or special skin care products in combination with chemical peels to get the best results.
Whether you get a lighter peel like the glycolic or Perfect 10 peel or a deeper peel like the TCA peel, you should expect results to develop within a few days.
You'll need to follow some simple skincare guidelines to protect your skin as it heals from treatments. Once you've fully healed, you can head into a new season with a fresher face.
Overall, chemical peels are one of the most direct paths to achieving a fresh, rejuvenated look for spring. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, with minimal downtime, so you can enjoy your new skin before the first flower blooms.
Call or click to talk to one of our experts to see if a chemical peel is right for you, and say hello to spring with a beautiful, radiant complexion. We serve patients in greater San Antonio, Texas.