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Boise Image Medi-Spa Services - Chemical Peels

Exfoliation by a chemical peel is often a valuable part of a complete skin care regimen. The staff at Boise Image Enhancement Centre, Inc. are experienced in the use of chemical exfoliation systems, including glycolic peels, salicylic peels and TCA chemical peels, among many others.

Salicylic Peels

Salicylic acid is gentle yet effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving the overall skin texture; it exfoliates both the skin's surface and pores without the irritation commonly associated with deeper chemical peels. Better yet, salicylic peels are self-timing and self-limiting so the time the product is left on the skin is not as critical when compared to other types of chemical peels.

Salicylic chemical peels are used primarily for superficial depth exfoliation, the treatment of acne blemishes and blocked and plugged pores, fine lines and wrinkles and brightening the skin tone.

Used with a daily skin care regimen chosen specifically for you, your skin will continue to improve with several peels on a monthly basis.

TCA Peels

Medium chemical peels are highly effective in promoting skin smoothness and vitality. They also improve superficial discoloration and eliminate fine wrinkles. They do nothing for acne scarring or dynamic wrinkles. Medium depth peels can be achieved with a variety of chemicals. TCA (trichloro acetic acid) is the most common. Jessner’s solution, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and other agents are also used.

A medium chemical peel will improve color, freshness, texture, skin tone, and fine wrinkles. It will also improve superficial discoloration, such as age spots. It may improve blotches and can sometimes improve dark circles under your eyes. Medium peels may be repeated monthly over the span of several months for optimal results. Unlike deep peels, medium peels may be performed safely on people with olive and light brown skin. They may also be used in some people with dark brown skin, although the risk of discoloration is higher.

Although fine wrinkles will be improved, medium chemical peels offer no improvement for dynamic wrinkles. To achieve the best results, you should use approved skin care products before your peel and anticipate that two or more peels may be needed at three-month intervals. The effects of a medium chemical peel may dissipate over six months to a year, but improvement will persist if you adhere to a skin care program with micro peels and appropriate skin care.

Glycolic  Peels

Like other AHA peels, glycolic acid peels removes the top layer of dead cells on your skin, revealing a new layer that is smoother-textured and more vibrant-looking. These peels help with fine lines, minor skin discolorations (such as "age" spots), and dry patches. They’re also useful for treating acne.

Glycolic acid peels are also believed to stimulate the growth of collagen, a protein that helps give skin its structure. The loss of collagen due to aging and sun exposure is one of the factors involved in the formation of lines and wrinkles.
To increase the effectiveness of the peel, your practitioner may recommend that you combine it with another treatment that removes the top micro-layer of skin: microdermabrasion.

In physician offices a glycolic acid peel may be administered in concentrations from 20% to 90%. The stronger the concentration of the peel, the deeper the peel will dissolve tissue.

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