Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion & Epidermal Cell Structure: Thorough Exfoliation from Personalized Skin Care Treatment Regimen

Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic skincare procedures available to patients today. Chemical peels can give your skin a healthy, “newly refreshed” look. They can also be more aggressive: some chemical peels can take years off of your skin’s appearance and leave you with younger-looking skin. What exactly do chemical peels do? The outer portion of the skin, called the epidermis, is composed of multiple layers of epidermal cells. These cells provide a barrier against the environment: they protect deeper and more delicate skin tissues. They maintain a consistent and even internal temperature and also prevent against dehydration.

Epidermal Cell Structure & Healthy Skin

your skin's epidermal structure can benefit greatly from thorough exfoliation with chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatmentsEpidermal cells are anchored together in two ways: microscopic fibers run between individual cells and help anchor the epidermal cells together. And an outer cell that surrounds each cell acts as a sort of “glue” to provide further assistance in keeping the cells together; like cement keeping a brick wall together. Over time, epidermal cells are invisibly shed through the body’s natural means of exfoliation. Speeding up this process can instantly restore a more youthful glow to the skin and address other subtle signs of the aging process.

Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel Combo: Thorough Exfoliation

Whereas microdermabrasion breaks the dead skin cells through the act of physical exfoliation, chemical peels work to dissolve the “glue.” Many skincare patients ask which procedure is better: microdermabrasion or chemical peels. The answer: both treatments work well, but neither provides a thorough exfoliation when used alone. That is why incorporating both treatments into a regimen can produce a much more satisfying result.

All Physical Exfoliants are Beneficial to the Skin

There are 3 different types of exfoliation: chemical, physical and enzyme. At south Orange County’s Shangrila MedSpa each treatment is customized to the patient’s personal skin conditions. For example:

  • Physical exfoliation (mild scrub) would be recommended for an individual with broken capillaries, acne, or thinning skin who wants little to no downtime.
  • Physical exfoliation (microdermabrasion or dermaplaning) would be recommended for an individual with broken capillaries, acne, or thinning skin who wants little to no downtime.
  • Chemical exfoliation would be recommended for someone who can first tolerate the treatment and is prepared for a bit of downtime and extreme results. Best results can be expected when this is paired with a physical exfoliation.
  • Enzyme exfoliation would be recommend for an patient who, again, has broken capillaries, minimal sun damage and wants little to no downtime. Enzymes yield better results when coupled with physical exfoliation.

Testimony from some of our Patients

Cathy from Laguna Niguel, California:

I just had a glycolic peel….my face right after the treatment was all red and splotchy, like an awkward sunburn. After this however, I swear it seemed as if I had an entirely new face! It took about a week to clear up but once it did it was amazing. Highly recommended.

Patty from Huntington Beach, California:

I absolutely love chemical peels and microdermabrasion. And when they are done within the same treatment… These are two procedures I couldn’t live without!

Examples of Chemical Peels

chemical peels provide excellent exfoliation by shangrila medspa in south orange county californiaGlycolic Peel
Get that gorgeous glow even if you’re always “on the go”. Glycolic Peels are one of the fastest acting skin treatments available, with very little downtime. They work by exfoliating and removing dead skin cells while promoting production of new collagen and elastin. The effects can last up to a month and have been known to improve facial texture and tone, slow down the aging process, restore skin damaged by the sun and regulate the balance of oily and dry skin. For optimal results 4-6 treatments per year is recommended.

Salicylic Peel
Are you ready to begin a deep cleansing and exfoliating process to clear your skin? Try this gentle yet effective and expedient introduction to skin peels. This oil-soluble peel can penetrate the outer layer of skin to dramatically reduce the appearance of acne and acne scars, fade hyperpigmentation, remove dead skin cells and congestion. Salicylic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory, removes excess sebum and attacks bacteria within the pores. It also helps to significantly diminish fine lines, laxity and dullness. Generally a series of peels is recommended to achieve the best results.

Lactic Acid Peel
The Lactic Acid Peel is the gentlest of all the chemical peels, and therefore safe for even the most sensitive skin types. Lactic peels, sometimes referred to as an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), achieve beautiful results by penetrating the pores to loosen the chemical bonds that bind dead skin cells to healthy skin cells. When the chemical solution is washed away, the tenderly buffed skin appears brighter and more toned because dead skin cells have been exfoliated.
Lactic acid chemical peels can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as acne, blackheads, whiteheads, fine lines, eczema, brown spots and other conditions that cause patches of dry skin to develop. Without the side effects normally associated with chemical peels (such as redness and peeling) the Lactic Acid Peel is suitable for use every other week.

Realistic Goals Of Chemical Peels

  • Chemical peels can correct actinic (sun) damage
  • They can reduce mild scarring
  • You can experience a reduction or eradication of your wrinkles
  • Improvement of dark skin discoloration is possible
  • Chemical peels can remove excessive / stubborn blackheads
  • The peel may temporarily reduce excessive skin oils

Chemical Peels Limitations

  • It cannot remove or reduce the appearance of blood vessels on the skin
  • It is impossible to truly change pore diameter. However, by removing blackheads, the pores may actually appear less pronounced after treatment
  • This is not a procedure to get rid of keloidal types of scars
  • Chemical peels are not a facelift
  • This is typically not appropriate for improving dark skin discoloration in people of color (Asians, African Americans, Caucasians of Mediterranean extraction, Hispanics, etc.)

The Take-Away: Proper Combination of Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion Treatments Provide Thorough Skin Exfoliation

This article was written by Deb Alvarez, a valued member of our cosmetic skincare team at Shangrila MedSpa.

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