Light vs Medium vs Deep Chemical Peels - What’s the Difference?

Considering a chemical peel to exfoliate and soften your skin? Looking for treatment for a skin condition that just won’t go away? The very first step to getting the skin peel of your dreams is to figure out which type of treatment is going to work best for you. But, if you’re booking your first appointment, chances are you won’t necessarily know what the terms ‘light’, ‘medium’, and ‘deep’ are referring to. Continue reading to discover what each type of peel entails, and you might just find the perfect treatment solution for you!

This blog details the basics of chemical peel treatments, and also explains the important differences between the types of peels available. For personalized advice, contact our team at Glow medispa today.

What is a Chemical Peel?  

A chemical peel is a popular cosmetic treatment that uses acids to remove damaged skin cells and exfoliate the skin. Designed to only target enough cells to allow the skin to heal with minimal scarring or overall changes, chemical peels are a great way to treat ongoing skin problems. With a controlled peel, the top layer of the skin will be cleansed and cleared of damaged cells with acid.

What are Chemical Peels Used For?

The popularity of chemical peels has only risen in recent years. They are, after all, a wonderful solution to a wide variety of skin issues and damage. There isn’t a better feeling than fresh, exfoliated, and cleared-out softness over your skin, after all. Dermatologists will commonly use chemical peels to address wrinkles and unwanted fine lines, but these treatments can also be used as a solution to:

  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Melasma
  • Discoloration / Sun Damage
  • Enlarged pores

Light Chemical Peels

Light chemical peels, as you would probably guess, are the most gentle type of peel you can get. You would commonly find this treatment recommended for skin brightening, or perhaps as a treatment for minor hyperpigmentation and acne. The biggest benefit of a light peel over other kinds is that it requires no downtime, and the patient will feel minimal discomfort during the session. Lights peels are often a great choice for people with dry or sensitive skin, as they’re less likely to irritate. At Glow Medispa, we often incorporate light peels into our medical facials.

Medium Chemical Peels

For a slightly deeper penetration and more thorough result, medium chemical peels could be the way to go. They are able to stimulate the production of collagen, and will effectively work to improve elasticity. This makes for firmer, smoother skin in the treated area! 

Common medium chemical peels include glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid, and these are often used to treat deep wrinkles and acne scars. Sometimes, more serious hyperpigmentation will be treated with a medium peel, too. A notable difference between light and medium chemical peels is that the latter is a more intensive treatment, and may therefore require a couple of days of downtime to recover. Our robust VI Peels are medium depth chemical peels suitable for any skin type.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels, as the name would suggest, offer the most aggressive treatments. These peels can be used to improve upon more significant conditions in the skin, but come at the cost of much more significant risks.

One common deep chemical peel you may be recommended is a phenol peel, which utilizes carbolic acid to treat the entire face - rather than targeting specific areas, as other peels may do. It’s natural for deep chemical peels to require the most significant amount of subsequent downtime, due to the intensity of their treatments. Patients may experience redness and peeling for more than a week. Risks can include scarring and hypo- or hyper-pigmentation. For this reason, we do not offer deep chemical peels in our office.

Speak with a expert for the Best Results

Deciding which type of peel is best for your skin isn’t a decision you need to make alone. If you’re facing ongoing concerns with your skin, or want to get rid of conditions that may leave you feeling insecure, then reaching out to a skincare expert is the best way to go. Having an assessment can help you get an informed recommendation about which type of chemical peel will help you see the results you desire.

Contact Glow Medispa to Book Your Chemical Peel

Don’t feel as though you have to live with insecurity or discomfort as a result of your skin. Give chemical peels a try, and the results will be able to speak for themselves! If you’re ready to book your first chemical peel, then the Glow Medispa team is ready to take your call. Reach out to our friendly staff today to discuss your skincare goals and find out what treatments we may be able to offer.

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