Sun damage meets its match with affordable chemical peels
The Essex County area of New Jersey has a wonderfully temperate climate with an average of 202 sunny days each year. Damage to your skin from ultraviolet exposure accumulates, even on cloudy days; even if you’ve started to wear sunscreen daily; even if you never sunbathe, vacation at the shore, or visit tanning beds. The result is premature signs of aging – fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation spots. Residents of Glen Ridge and nearby areas are finding affordable skin rejuvenation results with chemical peels.
Exfoliation is the process of removing the oldest, dead cells from the surface layer of skin to allow fresh new ones to emerge. Exfoliation happens naturally, to a degree, but safe acceleration methods like chemical peels give the complexion a radiant boost and effectively treat sun damage.
A chemical peel is simply the controlled topical application of a compound that speeds exfoliation without the need for physical abrasion. As a Board-certified dermatologist with plenty of clinical experience in skin care, Dr. Downie designs a customized approach to rectifying your sun damaged skin with the right type of peel and duration. Dr. Downie peel herself once a month. The peels add to their fresh look so they can wear less makeup.
She may recommend these treatments for sun damage:
- Light Peels – Alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid derived from natural sugar cane, are applied to your freshly cleansed skin to fade pigmentation spots and address fine lines. Your progress is carefully monitored, and at just the right time, the formula is removed. Your skin is moisturized and protected with sunscreen. You receive full instructions for follow-up home care and suggested retreatments. Light peels are ideal for sensitive skin and mild sun damage.
- Vitalize Peels from SkinMedica – This treatment is a bit stronger, utilizing a combination of peeling agents that exfoliates and stimulates collagen production. It effectively improves skin tone and texture and is safe for all skin types.
- Rejuvenize Peels from SkinMedica – Dr. Downie brings out the big guns for more advanced sun damage. This peel removes multiple layers of damaged skin, for a tighter complexion with more even coloration. The formulation has a built-in penetration enhancer and anti-irritant for minimal downtime.
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Expect some after-effects, depending on the strength of the peel, ranging from mild stinging, pinkness, or dryness to more pronounced scaling. This is normal – it’s the old skin falling away as new skin shines through.
You will likely see improvement after one treatment, but usually, a series of three to six peels spaced several weeks apart is necessary for sun damage remediation. Most patients are so enthused with their smooth, supple, glowing complexions that they schedule periodic chemical peels throughout the year.
Your face is as unique as your personality. Call image Dermatology® today at (973) 509-6900 for a personalized chemical peel consultation with Dr. Downie.