Did you know that aA superficial fractional laser treatment can run up to $1,000 a session—and you'll probably need several. A medium-depth chemical peel may cost a third of that and "gives more impressive results in a single treatment," says Dr. Berg (but count on more recovery time).
Glycolic peels got really popular in the '90s, they hurt like a mother and left skin raw, not so popular anymore!
Now acid formulas have been refined, and so have dermatologists' approaches to using them.
Peels can really make your skin—and skin-care products—work better!
In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a lovely chain reaction. As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger,"
As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid and make your skin look younger.
Your skin-care products perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration.
Controlling melasma. There isn't a permanent cure for the recurring sun-triggered dark spots brought on by hormonal surges (like those caused by pregnancy and the Pill), but chemical peels (along with at-home bleaching creams or serums, high-SPF sunscreen, and strict sun avoidance) offer the best fighting chance.
Lasers may make lofty claims, yet "they're essentially trying to treat a light- and heat-sensitive condition with light and heat," says Dr. Burg. Even when a laser does eviscerate splotches initially, the pigment often reappears weeks later, making lasers seem like a major investment for a short-term reprieve.
TCA and lactic peels are by far the safest and the best peels nowaday, says dermatologist Dr. Berg.