Chemical peels are used for acne, acne scarring, pigmentary disorders, sun damage, photo aging, fine line and wrinkles. Chemical peels are classified into superficial, medium and deep chemical peels. Superficial chemical peels include Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid, Jessner’s solution and Trichloroacetic Acid in low concentrations like 10%. Medium depth peels performed by Dr. Behnam include a combination of either Glycolic or Jessner’s peel followed by Trichloroacetic Acid peel.
Salicylic acid chemical peels are ideal for patients with oily skin and ones suffering from acne. It is also helpful in patients with sensitive skin, such as those with rosacea and patients with pigmentation changes on their face. It can be performed every 2 to 4 weeks and it is safe in all skin colors.
Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and intended mainly for skin rejuvenation, uneven skin tone, pigmentation changes, melasma and photo aging. It can be performed every 2 to 4 weeks. Most patients do not experience peeling but may become red for a few hours after the procedure. Many patients state that they experience an improvement in texture and tone of skin after several treatments, especially when combined with other topical medical grade creams. Glycolic peels can be performed in all skin colors.
Jessner’s peel is indicated for pigmentation disorders such as melasma and sun spots. It will exfoliate the skin for several days and help with texture and tone of the skin.
Trichloroacetic Acid peel ranges from concentration of 10% to 100%. Low concentrations may be used in slightly darker individuals. Trichloroacetic Acid 20% and 30% are used in fair skin types for photo aging, pigmentation on face and fine wrinkles. Depending on the concentration, patients will peel for about 10 to 14 days.