Your skin is the largest organ that your body has. In addition to playing a major role in how you look, your skin serves a functional purpose. It is what protects you and your organs from the rest of the world. It serves as a thermostat and regulates your body’s temperature.
Your skin is constantly growing. The way it grows, how healthy it appears and how well your skin protects you is all controlled by what we eat and the environment. The healthier you keep your skin, the better able you are to resist premature aging, recover after a skin injury and protect yourself from disease. Chemical peels are an important aspect of overall skin health.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are skin care treatments that are designed to improve the appearance and health of your skin. When chemical peels are used as part of a routine skin care regimen, they not only improve the way we look, but they also improve the strength and resistance of our skin.
During a chemical peel, a special solution is applied to the skin. This solution gently removes the top layer of dead skin cells. While most chemical peels are performed on your face, they may be performed on other parts of the body. Chemical peels can be used to:
- Minimize the appearance of fine lines
- Reduce the appearance of sun-damaged and wrinkled skin
- Minimize the appearance of certain types of mild scars
- Clean pores, thereby reducing the occurrence of certain types of acne
- Correct hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation
- Address age spots, freckles and other skin color variations due to pregnancy or medications
- Make your skin look and feel better
Protecting Your Skin After a Chemical Peel
The purpose of a chemical peel is to make your skin look better, especially after sun damage. However, it’s important to note that since the external layer of skin is exfoliated, your skin is more sensitive to the sun in the days and weeks following a peel. Therefore, it’s important to protect your skin using a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Of course, the protection provided by sunscreen is limited. After a chemical peel, it is recommended that you minimize your sun exposure when the sun is at its strongest. If you need to be out in the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face.
Maintaining Healthy, Beautiful Skin
At the Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners, we use chemical peels routinely as part of our professionally formulated skin care. Our goal is to keep your skin healthy and keep you looking your best. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.