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Chemical Peels for Wrinkle Removal

Removing Wrinkles with Chemical Facial Peels

Now that you know all the ins and outs of using botox for wrinkle reduction, I thought it best to give you some insight about using chemical peels. Generally, chemical peels are used by those who find it too expensive or drastic to undergo a facelift.

Chemical peels are also called chemexfoliatoin or derma peeling where the superficial layers of your skin that was damaged by sun exposure and other factors is peeled away. Chemical peels not only improve your skin by removing wrinkles and damaged skin layers, but also brings about pigmentation changes in the skin, removes acne scars and prevents cancerous lesions.

Agents used in chemical peels

The most common agents used in chemical peeling are salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and carbolic acid (phenol). These chemicals are painted on the face by a dermatologist or trained cosmetologist, and washed off after a designated span of time.

The span of time the chemical is left on the face, and the choice of chemical to be used for a chemical peel depends on the skin condition and the results you are looking for. The stronger the chemical is, and the longer it is left on the face, the deeper they work.

This is why there are three types of peels; light, medium and deep peels. In case of light peels, glycolic or salicylic acid is used. TCA is used for medium peels and phenol or carbolic acid, for deep peels.

Cost of chemical peels

The cost of the chemical peel depends on the type of peel you are looking for, your skin color and your skin condition. I was also surprised to learn that different states and doctors quote different rates. So it’s better to make a few comparisons and calculations to find out if it’s cheaper to have a chemical peel done at the local cosmetologist, or to head one located at the outskirts of town.

If you opt for a light peel, you will have to pay about $100 to $300, and have to undergo about 3-6 sittings to get the best effects. In case of medium peels, you have to pay $600-$900 for a peel where you need to have one done every 2-3 years.

In case of deep peels, you may have to pay as much as $6000 because of other possible expenses like cost of anesthesia, rent of surgical facility and possible hospital stay. Then again, if you find all this expensive (like I do!), you can always use an over-the-counter peel.

These peels help in wrinkle reduction but you have to wait for a month before you find any results. Then again, I feel that you could always depend on regular use of LifeCell to help with wrinkle reduction!

Here are some suggested Peels for your skin by Sally Beauty Supplies.