Easily the largest human organ, our skin protects us from the elements: wind, rain, cold, heat, and ultraviolet (UV) rays. It also serves as a barrier, our first line of defense against infections that would otherwise kill us. As such, the outmost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, takes a daily beating that often results in persistent damage and signs of premature aging. It is no wonder many of us try our best to protect the most visible and vulnerable section of the epidermis – the skin on our faces.
Chemical Skin Peels
Long before there were plastic surgeons, dermatologists, or aestheticians, ancient peoples used natural acids and other irritants to remove the top layer of the epidermis. Although the chemical ingredients have changed, the same process is used today. Here are five reasons millions of people have it done each year.
1. Smoother, Fresher Face
Removing the outer epidermal layer that takes a daily pounding can do wonders for your appearance, at least in the short term. Your face will look smoother and fresher because the damaged cells have been discarded. Although the skin will soon grow back, new layers may be noticeably softer and younger looking. Not unexpectedly, peeling is one of the most popular dermatological procedures today.
2. Fewer Imperfections
Depending on what type of peel you get and how deep it goes, the technique may reduce signs of sun damage, blotchy and uneven tone, and some scars. For most patients, regular treatments are required to see real and lasting results.
3. Improved Texture
Even the most superficial skin peels remove the top layer, and with it, dead and damaged cells, resulting in better epidermal texture and condition. Once again, the results may not be permanent, but most patients are pleased and return for follow-up treatments.
4. Brighter, Clearer Complexion
Many who suffer from acne and other dermatological disorders can benefit from skin peels that remove damaged, unsightly layers and replace them with healthy cells. It is also possible that peeling may clean out clogged pores, which may reduce inflammation, thereby lowering the risk of consequent acne breakouts.
5. No Surgery
Although there are some side effects associated with all types of skin peels, when performed by an experienced professional, they are quite safe. Often completed in less than one hour, patients who get them typically report only minor irritation after early visits, with fewer adverse effects in follow-up treatments. When compared to surgical procedures that produce similar results, peels are much safer, cheaper, and far less painful. It is no wonder they are an increasingly popular alternative to plastic surgery.
Chemical skin peels are the cheapest, fastest, and least painful way to keep your face looking young and healthy.