Chemical peels are a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of skin conditions and disorders including fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and hyper-pigmentation.

Chemical peels are beneficial for all skin types, but what works for you may be entirely different than what your best friend needs.

So with all the different options, how do you choose?

AFA Peel

First and foremost, this peel is suitable for anyone, including sensitive skin types. AFA stands for Amino acid based Filaggrin Antioxidants.

Filaggrin is a protein responsible for the skin’s ability to retain moisture so this peel is hydrating for the skin.

These antioxidants help fight off photo-aging and improve the appearance of fine lines.

This peel is also used in tandem with our Isolaz acne treatments. Even people taking Accutane can receive this peel. An AFA peel is effective at exfoliation without the irritation or dryness which chemical peels are commonly known for.

AHA Peel

Next up is an AHA Peel or Glycolic Acid Peel.

AHA is an acronym for Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which is a naturally occurring ingredient in fruits and other foods.

  • Glycolic acid is a very small molecule derived from sugar cane. Because of its small size, it can penetrate deeper into the skin, making it the most popular and well known peel.

This peel has been used for centuries:

  • In ancient Egypt it’s said that Cleopatra herself would bathe in sour milk, and in Rome they used grape skins as an exfoliation method.

The glycolic acid works by dissolving the outer layer of the skin, in return revealing fresh healthy new skin. This makes it effective at treating sun damage, acne, dry skin, and fine lines. If you need a skin refresher, look no further!

Jessner Peel

Last, but certainly not least, is the Jessner Peel. This is a medium depth peel comprised of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol. These ingredients combined pack a punch for treating enlarged pores, wrinkles, scarring, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and acne.

  • Salicylic Acid, also known as BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), has the ability to penetrate into the pore and exfoliate from the inside out, removing dead skin cells and clearing congestion. Salicylic acid is antimicrobial, and being a derivative of aspirin it is an anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Resorcinol is an antioxidant that brightens and exfoliates the skin.
  • Cleopatra’s favorite: lactic acid. If it’s good enough for Cleo, it’s good enough for us!

At Lucere Dermatology, our medical aestheticians will listen to your individual skin concerns and create a customized peel treatment plan perfectly suited to your skin’s needs.

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