Top 8 Ways Chemical Peels Can Improve the Look of Your Skin

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to exfoliate the dull and deadened outer layer of your skin to reveal a fresh, new complexion underneath. You won’t only experience improved radiance; you’ll get a substantially new look.

Skin that’s undergone a chemical peel can be noticeably smoother and less wrinkled than it was prior to your procedure. You can also transform skin irregularities that have you looking older than you actually are or that make you self-conscious.

At Columbia Internal Medicine, we put together this list of the top eight ways chemical peels can improve the appearance of your skin.

1. Reduce the appearance of acne scars

The chemical peel exfoliates your skin, causing the outermost layer to peel off. That outer layer is then replaced with fresh new skin. During exfoliation, the discoloration and mild protrusion of acne scars may also peel away, greatly reducing their appearance.

2. Fade age spots

Age spots often occur after the age of 50, but can really pop up at any time, especially if you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun. These darkened areas are often quite apparent if you have light skin. While they are harmless medically, they can be aesthetically displeasing. A chemical peel helps remove them by removing the older skin that has these pigmentation challenges.

3. Soften crow’s feet

If you’re bothered by the wrinkles that form around the outer edge of your eyes, known as crow’s feet, a chemical peel can help. The new layer of skin that develops after the peel usually comes out smooth and less wrinkled.

4. Tighten lax skin

As you get older, your skin produces fewer of the compounds that boost the strength and springiness of your skin. Chemical peels spur the development of new, healthier skin as well as compounds such as collagen and elastin to firm up sagging skin.

5. Lighten hyperpigmentation

A chemical peel can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, the tan-brown or gray patches on your skin. Often the discoloration worsens with sun exposure. The peel removes the discolored skin cells to give you a more even tone.

6. Erase wrinkles

Chemical peels, especially medium and deep peels, are effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The peel resurfaces your skin and enhances its texture.

7. Enhance radiance

Old skin cells can make your complexion look dull, not dewy like it did in your youth. By removing the old skin cells that are clouding your complexion, your skin looks more radiant and bright following a chemical peel.

8. Repair sun damage

Time in the sun gives you the immediate glow of a tan, but it takes a toll over time. You may experience uneven pigmentation, freckles, wrinkles, and sagging skin as a result of years spent in the ultraviolet light. You can’t erase your time in the sun, but a chemical peel can help cover the evidence. The peel takes off many of the sun-damaged cells to give your skin a fresher look.

If you’re looking for overall younger and healthier-looking skin, contact Dr. Padma Sripada at Columbia Internal Medicine. You can call the office at 518-223-9630 or book an appointment online at any time.

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