What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are used to “peel away” the outermost layers of skin for a healthier look.  Peels come in a variety of strengths and can address a number of aesthetic concerns regarding the face and neck.  Typically, these peels are used to treat cosmetic conditions such as acne, melasma, sun damage, dark spots, and wrinkles.  Determining which type of peel is best suited to your concerns is best left to a board certified Baton Rouge dermatologist.  At Dermasurgery Center, we offer a selection of peels designed to fit individual patient needs:

Glycolic Acid Peels

Glycolic acid belongs to a family of alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), and is a natural ingredient found in some sugars (like sugar cane).  Due to its small size, glycolic acid can easily penetrate the skin and deliver dramatic results.  For those who are looking to a gentle way to improve the appearance of acne or superficial sun damage, glycolic acid peels are often ideal.  Patients who undergo a series of glycolic peels will enjoy smoother skin with a more even tone.

Beta Lift Peels

Beta lift peels use salicylic acids known as beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs).  These peels are typically best for those seeking a gentle peel to achieve a smoother and tighter skin tone.  Beta lift peels are the treatment of choice for acne and acne prone skin, as they have an unmatched ability to penetrate the oil glands and break up the oils that contribute to acne.  Their gentle exfoliation and rejuvenation can also aid with sun damage, discoloration, and uneven skin tone.  In a series of treatments as brief as 5 minutes, repeated every few weeks, patients can obtain these results without excessive redness or peeling.

Melanage Peels

Melanage peels are stronger peels designed to address discolorations such as those associated with hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or melasma (brown patches on the face worsened by sun or hormones).  Melanage peels use a high concentration of tretinoin, the same ingredient found in Retin-A, to help restore an even skin tone.  These procedures typically take about 20 minutes in office and are followed by a “mask” which patients must keep for 6 to 10 hours before washing off.  Patients who are seeking a more dramatic peel and are willing to tolerate a bit more down time for the best results should consider a Melanage peel to target dark spots or melasma. 

Jessner’s / Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Combo Peel

Combination Jessner’s/TCA peels offer many of the same benefits as other peels, but on a deeper level and with more dramatic outcomes.  These medium-depth peels are most often recommended for those with moderate sun damage.  Although more downtime occurs, Jessner’s/TCA peels are also capable of reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, improving discolorations, and even minimizing small scars.  Given their strength compared to other peel options, Jessner’s/TCA peel treatments take slightly longer at around 30 minutes.  Patients can also anticipate redness, peeling, and some crusting for several days following a Jessner’s/TCA combo peel.

Learn More about Chemical Peels

These four peel options offer clearer, smoother, more youthful looking skin.  Which treatment is best for you will depend on the desired outcome and your skin’s current signs of aging, damage, or discoloration.  Both our Baton Rouge dermatology practice and Lafayette dermatology practice can help guide you in selecting the most appropriate peel during your consultation and treatment appointment.