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Hi, I'm Amanda Sandstone [SP], Dr. Shelman's medical aesthetician, and I was going to talk a little bit about the chemical peel treatments that we offer here on our office. So there are few different levels of chemical peels. And some people have a feeling that, you know, all chemical peels don't work, and other people have a feeling that there's an aggressive amount of downtime and red, raw, flaky skin for wees. So there are definitely different levels of chemical peels and different strengths. And the three basic strengths are superficial, a medium, and a deep chemical peel. So the peels that I offer here on Dr. Shelman's are the superficial chemical peels, where there's very little downtime, maybe light flaking, some dryness for a few days after the peel. And then Dr. Shelman does some chemical peels that are medium and deep that do require more downtime. So with these superficial peels that I offer, there still are some different strengths in concentrations. And so based on what your skin concerns are, that's how I'll choose which chemical peel to use. But it can treat... Chemical peels can treat a host of different skin issues. Hyperpigmentation is, you know, one thing that I think it works really, really well for.

Acne is another, you know, skin problem that I think chemical peels can really help a lot with, also even rosecea or sensitive skin types. People automatically think that chemical peels are really strong and aggressive and that those with sensitive skin won't do well. But there are chemical peels that are even suited for those with rosecea or really sensitive skin. So there definitely is some commitment involved. It doesn't, you know, take... It's not an overnight treatment or a quick fix. It definitely takes some time to see an improvement. We usually recommend about four to six treatments spaced out about every three or four weeks. So as long as you are kind of continuing along that treatment routine that your aesthetician recommends, along with possibly some products to use at home, you can definitely see some really nice improvement in the skin in terms of texture, just overall signs of aging, areas where you might have some wrinkles or fine lines, like I said before, breakouts, or even areas where there were discoloration left from previous breakouts or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

So they definitely can treat a lot of skin issues. So there are even some options for body chemical peels, if you have issues with breakouts or discoloration on your back. Some people treat their feet for dry, cracked skin. And then there are even some options for women who are pregnant, so chemical peels that are safe to do during pregnancy and lactation. Some of the treatments that we offer here from P.C.A. Skin is the Oxygenating Trio, which, again, requires no downtime, but you can still see a really nice result in the brightness of the skin and the overall texture, and it can really help to improve. So another thing that we, a lot of times, like to combine the chemical peels with other treatments, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, sometimes even I.P.L. treatments. So a lot of times I'll work with my clients up to those more aggressive treatments that help the chemical peel to work a little bit deeper in the skin when you're combining it with a dermaplane treatment. So it is one of the favorites among my clients. So those are kind of the basics of chemical peels and I hope you enjoyed.

3 Levels of Chemical Peels and Which Might be Right For You

Amanda Sanzone, an aesthetician in Dr. Matthew Schulman's practice, explains chemical peels, the three different levels of peels, and how to choose the best one for your skin type and specific issues.