Ever wish you could hit the refresh button on your skin? Many of us consider clinical treatments, designed to do just that. In fact, in 2017, almost 1.4 million chemical peels were performed in the US. When over-the-counter products fall short, busting out the big guns is tempting.
So how do you know if a chemical peel is the best choice for your skin? When should you think about this option over laser treatments? There’s a lot to take into account, and some advantages of chemical peels to think carefully about.
Chemical Peels Can Be Gentler
If you have a skin gripe that can be fixed with a chemical peel, then it’s the less “heavy-duty” option. So before you consider the harsh procedure of laser treatment, ask yourself (and a dermatologist) if a chemical peel would suffice.
Fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and mild hyperpigmentation are all things that can be vastly improved with a chemical peel. The intensity of the peel you decide on will depend on how drastic of a change you expect to see, and the current condition of your skin.
But aren’t chemical peels also harsh? They can be, which is why you should work with a board-certified dermatologist to decide which level of chemical peel is the best option for you. Because harsh doesn’t mean dangerous, especially in the hands of trained professionals.
When done by a dermatologist, chemical peels are a safe solution to various skin woes. A light chemical peel would be a good place to start to gauge how your skin will react to intense treatments before you delve into lasers.
Peels are Kinder on Your Bank Account
It’s important to remember when parting with your cash for a chemical peel: You’re paying for professional-level results.
Laser treatments are effective in many cases but tend to be slightly more costly. In many circumstances, a chemical peel would suit the needs of the patient without taking treatment that one step further. If your problems can be solved with a chemical peel, then this is the first logical step.
Lasers Aren’t For Everyone
There’s no doubt about it: Certain conditions can make you a good candidate for laser treatment, and laser treatments certainly have their place. But there are some skin conditions that may not respond to lasers. For instance, if you currently have acne, a chemical peel can have superior results at reducing the acne appearance.
Similarly, if you’re on certain acne medications, laser treatment might not be a viable option for you. People with a tendency to scar easily are also cautioned against laser procedures.
Certain skin conditions are helped by laser treatments, but a broader range of issues can benefit from a chemical peel. If you’re looking to improve skin texture, fade dark spots, and reduce acne, it’s an option worth looking at. Read our blog: Laser therapy 101: everything you need to know about this facial rejuvenation procedure for information on later therapy.
Let the Pros Guide You
Feeling a little confused about which skincare procedures you should try? We get it – there are a lot of questions to answer before committing to one. But you’re not alone. Certified dermatologists are the best people to consult with when you’re contemplating a reboot of your skin. Contact us today to discuss your dermatological concerns, and we will give you information on the best treatments for you.