Chemical Exfoliation vs Chemical Peel

Chemical Exfoliation vs Chemical Peel

Chemical exfoliation and chemical peels are both methods of using chemical compounds to improve skin texture, but they serve different purposes and have varying intensities.

Chemical peels encompass a broad spectrum of procedures that cause varying levels of damage to the skin, categorized by their depth. Superficial peels, often termed chemical exfoliations, target the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. Medium peels delve deeper, affecting the superficial layer of the dermis, while deep peels penetrate even further into the dermis. The depth of the peel depends on factors such as the type and concentration of chemicals used, application method, and duration of exposure.

A variety of acids, including alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acid, and phenol, are used in chemical peels and exfoliations.

Aura Esthetix, we specialize in chemical exfoliations, which exclusively target the dead skin layers. It's essential to note that chemical peels should only be administered by physicians or under their supervision, as per the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. While many spas advertise chemical peels, they typically perform chemical exfoliations. Medium and deep peels require medical oversight.

Chemical exfoliations offer a gentler alternative to chemical peels, with minimal downtime. This approach can effectively maintain skin health and beauty, recommended every four to six weeks, or more frequently when targeting specific concerns. By gradually exfoliating the skin, we minimize inflammation, a common trigger for various skin conditions, and achieve consistent, long-term results.

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