Chemical Peels

Types of Chemical Peels & Why They Are Necessary

Woman in mask on face in spa beauty salon Throughout our lives, our skin is exposed to sunlight and environmental toxins that contribute to signs of aging, discoloration, and other skin concerns. Chemical peels offer a noninvasive way to combat this. If you want to smooth your skin texture, eliminate blemishes, and reduce scarring, a chemical peel could help.

At Aventura Dermatology, Dr. Bertha Baum and our team of providers are well-versed in the benefits and limitations of all chemical peels. We can recommend the peel that’s best for your skin.

What Are the Three Main Types of Chemical Peels?

There are several types of chemical peels with different strengths. Some address more superficial skin imperfections, while others work deeper in the dermis. Our providers can examine your skin and recommend the type that’s best at addressing your concerns.

In-office chemical peels include:

  • Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA): This superficial peel balances exfoliation with skin sensitivity. AHA refers to several acids, including glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin and stimulates collagen production. AHA peels reduce age spots, dry skin, sun damage, lines, and stubborn blackheads.
  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA): TCA is a medium-depth peel. If you have pigment irregularities, deep wrinkling, or acne scars, this peel can improve skin tone and texture. TCA peels can also be used to treat pre-cancerous growths known as actinic keratosis.
  • Phenol: This deep peel uses carbolic acid to deliver the most dramatic results, but it isn’t suitable for all skin types. If you have more advanced signs of aging or deep scarring, this peel might be recommended. Phenol peels should only be applied by a highly skilled provider like a dermatologist at Aventura Dermatology.

Professional Chemical Peels vs. At-Home Treatments

While it’s tempting to cut costs with DIY treatments, you won’t achieve the same results with chemical exfoliants from the beauty aisle. You might notice similar active ingredients in at-home solutions, but these don’t provide the same concentration as in-office peels. 

A professional chemical peel will deliver much more visible results, but should always be performed by an experienced provider. At Aventura Dermatology, our team of doctors, physician assistants, and licensed aestheticians can safely administer these peels.

Book Your Chemical Peel in Aventura

If you want to enjoy brighter skin without the longer recovery time that comes with invasive procedures, a chemical peel could be the perfect solution. Schedule your Aventura, Florida chemical peel consultation at 754-544-9030. Our providers are happy to answer any questions and recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you.

What can chemical peels treat?

lady short bob hairstyle enjoy rejuvenation spa with soft silky facial skin eyes closed A chemical peel is a unique blend of chemical ingredients that are applied to the face to stimulate the exfoliation of the skin. They range from superficial to deep and aggressive, requiring different downtime and recovery depending on the type used. Dr. Bertha Baum of Aventura Dermatology in Hallandale and Boca Raton, FL, can recommend the use of chemical peels for a variety of conditions.

What conditions can chemical peels treat?

  • Acne. Whether you have active acne or acne scarring, chemical peels may help with flare-ups and the imperfections on the skin that might remain after periods of severe acne. Patients will find that acne can clear up and that they can often continue to use their everyday acne products even after a chemical peel has been administered.
  • Crow’s feet. These thin lines around the eyes may be reduced in appearance with a more aggressive chemical peel.
  • Fine lines. The early signs of aging begin to creep up when skin laxity increases. The formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the face can be reduced with chemical peels, which can smooth away these imperfections. Chemical peels may also be used in conjunction with dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables used to target unwanted lines.
  • Hyperpigmentation. Excess pigmentation such as freckles and sunspots can be faded with chemical peels, evening out the skin tone and reducing the noticeability of this and other aesthetic issues.
  • Melasma. Melasma is a condition that can cause discoloration on the face or elsewhere on the body. It can be a short-term issue that arises during pregnancy or menopause or remain a permanent change in the skin’s pigment. Chemical peels can reduce the severity of melasma for many of our patients.
  • Sun damage. Skin with photodamage can be improved in appearance and health with routine chemical peels, evening skin tone and texture, and reducing pigmentation common with this type of skin damage.

How do I learn more about chemical peels?

Find out if you are an appropriate candidate for chemical peels. Call one of our two office locations today to request an initial consultation and evaluation appointment to discuss the best option for your needs.

What is the TCA chemical peel and how can it improve my skin?

Beautiful woman smiling with hair covering her face Chemical peels are a type of beauty treatment that uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. There are several different types of chemical peels available with Dr. Bertha Baum of Aventura Dermatology in Boca Raton and Hallandale, FL, including TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels. TCA peels are a way for patients to dramatically improve the skin’s health and appearance with a single treatment session.

What is a TCA peel?

TCA peels are one of the most popular types of chemical peels available. They work by penetrating the skin and breaking down dead skin cells, which then allows new, healthy skin cells to grow. This can improve the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and other skin imperfections. They are commonly requested by patients who want to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing surgery, and it can be a relatively affordable beauty treatment for both men and women seeking more beautiful skin!

Where might a patient use a TCA peel?

TCA peels can be used on any area of the body, but they are most commonly used on the face. They can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including sun damage, age spots, and acne. Patients will find that because these peels address a wide range of issues, they are highly desirable for patients who want to improve their skin’s overall appearance but do not want to undergo separate treatments for each skin concern.

How do I know if a TCA peel is right for me?

Our team at Aventura Dermatology is pleased to offer TCA peels along with many other chemical peels and facial treatments that can enhance the skin. If you are considering getting a TCA peel, it is important to consult with a qualified dermatologist such as Dr. Bertha Baum of Boca Raton and Hallandale, FL before proceeding. She can advise you on whether this type of peel is right for you and help you choose the right strength of peel to achieve your skincare goals. Call (954) 456-5050 to request an appointment at any one of her two office locations. She is accepting new and returning patients at her clinics and is excited to meet you!

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