lVLS and Types of Peels
There are levels to chemical peels that you must be aware of before jumping in and trying one out. There are superficial peels, medium grade peels, and finally the most penetrating, deep chemical peels. See information below. All peels use the same types of acids, but the strength varies, which in turn decrease or increases the intensity of the peel and how deep the acids penetrate the layers of the skin. Acids used with chemical peels are glycolic, salicylic, lactic, malic, kojic or very often a mixture of these acids.
This is the lightest of chemical peels that you can get, and they require the least amount of recovery time. These types of peels usually heal on average 1-7 days but makeup can typically be worn the next day. This level of peel is great if you want to reduce the appearance of pores, minor fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. With this peel level you can expect to see redness afterwards and minimal flaking of the skin.
Recovery can take up to 2 weeks to completely heal. Redness and peeling of skin should be expected with this level. Added to this level of peel is trichloroacetic acid, also known as TCA. TCA peels are a fantastic choice for reducing wrinkles, uneven texture, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and they can even lighten tattoos.
Deep Peels ( Less superficial)
This is the harshest of all peels you can get. This particular peel can cause hypopigmentation(lightening of skin) so this type is not highly recommended for darker skin tones. Unless you don’t have 2-3 weeks to take the time to heal, you should definitely pass on this one. The skin will flake, peel, and stay redder the longest. Makeup is not advised well until the healing process is over too. Another acid added to the mix with deep peels is phenol while glycolic, and TCA are the most common.