Light peels are often made with alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acid, but sometimes we will use glycolic or lactic acid instead. These light peels only work on the very surface of the skin, peeling away dead skin cells of the epidermis to reveal healthier skin below the surface. A light peel is a good option for someone who does not want any signs that she had a peel performed and who has minimal signs of aging. It is also a good way to treat dull skin.
Those who have more advanced signs of aging or hyperpigmentation may benefit more from a peel made with trichloroacetic acid, also called TCA. These peels work on the epidermis but also beneath the epidermis to create long-lasting changes in the underlying tissues. After the peel, you may feel some tingling for a while. You may also have some skin peeling for up to a week following the peels.
A deep peel is an excellent solution for advanced signs of aging, such as deep lines and wrinkles, dark age spots and long-lasting sun damage. It can also treat freckles and scars from acne or injuries. We often use Phenol for a deep peel but may instead choose to use a stronger form of TCA for some. Deep peels leave more redness on the face than medium peels do and require a longer time for recovery. However, when your skin heals, it will appear glowing, smooth and toned.