The Best Chemical Peels
Glycolic & Lactic Peels
Glycolic acid is a substance which occurs naturally in sugar cane, and is technically called alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) acid. When this naturally-occurring acid is applied to the skin, thickened surface layers are loosened so the dry, rough, and scaly appearance is diminished to improve the overall look and feel of the skin. Glycolic peels are highly successful in treating mild sun damage, as well as resolving uneven pigmentation and loss of elasticity.
Lactic Acid is a substance which is derived from milk. It is an excellent resource to use for skin resurfacing and promoting increased moisture levels of the skin. As the outer layers of the skin are peeled away and the lactic acid stimulates the production of collagen in deeper layers, much smoother, softer, and healthier skin texture is revealed.
Most peels will take a little under an hour for treatment, and we usually advise a series of 3-6 weekly peels for optimal results.
Jessner’s peel used to be known as the Coombe’s formula. It is a formula of 14% salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol, combined in an ethanol base. It’s method of action is considered as breaking intracellular bridges between keratinocytes.
With this formula, there is almost no chance of ever over-peeling the skin due to the mild percentages associated with the acid combinations.
Salicylic acid is a colorless, crystalline beta acid that occurs naturally as a hormone in some plants. This plant hormone is commonly produced artificially for highly sought-after use in the cosmetic and health industries.
The use of salicylic acid is ancient, dating back to the 5th century B.C. It was during that time that the well-known Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about a powder. More specifically, he wrote about a bitter powder that was derived from willow bark. Medical scholars believe this substance to have actually been salicylic acid that Hippocrates wrote about. During those times, the acid acted as both a painkiller and fever reducer.
Today, though salicylic acid is still sometimes used in a similar way, it is more widely used in the industry of cosmetics because it offers highly effective treatment results for fighting acne and related scars.
Salicylic acid can be highly effective as a treatment against numerous skin conditions when utilized as a chemical skin peel. Quite dramatically, such peel treatments can reduce the appearance of acne as well as scars associated with acne. Additionally, these peel treatments have been proven effective against blackheads and whiteheads, calluses, premature aging signs, psoriasis, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles.
Salicylic acid peels remove skin which has been damaged to reveal healthier skin, and the aesthetically pleasing skin “hiding” underneath.
Salicylic acid is one of the active ingredients in the Illuminize Peel, as is Retinoic acid which, among other valuable effects, helps to unclog the pores and prevent the formation of new papules.
Superficial exfoliation is produced by Illuminize Peel, which serves to help improve post-inflammatory issues caused by acne lesions; and, salicylic acid further has anti-inflammatory properties as it is chemically related to aspirin.
The Vitalize Peel utilizes a specific blend of acids in its chemical peel procedure. Through a series of treatments, these are applied to the skin to decrease acne issues, improve skin texture and tone, as well as help with superficial fine lines.
Vitalize Peels are extremely safe treatments utilized to benefit skin care globally. And, it is safe for use on all types of skin.
As a convenient in-office procedure taking less than a half-hour, there is no topical or other anesthesia required for the Vitalize Peel.
TCA – Trichloroacetic Acid Rejuvenize Peel
The Rejuvenize Peel is an advanced formula of peeling agents. It contains both a built-in anti-irritant, as well as a penetration enhancer. This contributes to the increased control of exfoliation concerning the outermost layers of skin. The outer layers are generally the most damaged layers, and the increased exfoliation is performed to reveal the fresher and healthier skin layers lying underneath.
This progressive and ground-breaking peel provides a highly effective amount of relief for skin with acne scarring, melasma, pigmentary changes, and sun damage.
Schedule your next appointment below with the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery or call us at (281) 649-7170, to see which chemical peel regimen is right for your skin type.