There are a few fortunate people who get the results they desire from their at-home skin care routine, but many people will need advanced treatments from their dermatologist to look their best. People who have rich, deep, dark skin tones can benefit from advanced techniques to remove persistent blackheads, fine lines and wrinkles, and scars. However, because of the sensitive nature of dark skin pigments, people with deeper skin tones need to be careful about the techniques they choose. This is particularly true with chemical peels.
What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels improve your complexion by providing deep exfoliation. They penetrate deep into the skin and separate dead skin cells, exposing younger, vibrant skin beneath them. Chemical peels can unclog pores, minimize fine lines, and reduce the prominence of wrinkles. The older generation of chemical peels, known as trichloroacetic acid peels, achieved its effect with a potent chemical that penetrated deep into the skin. These chemical peels were highly effective but also had serious side effects in people of color.
Different peels are needed for different skin tones.
The darker the skin, the more pigment-producing melanocytes within it. The pigments produced by melanocytes do not just give the skin color. They also quench inflammation. Trichloroacetic acid peels are highly inflammatory, so melanocytes work overtime to relieve the inflammation and irritation they cause — by producing extra pigment. When harsh chemical peels are applied to darker skin, pores open and wrinkles smooth out but skin tone changes. Unless these older products are applied by a skilled dermatologist, treated skin is likely to take on a darker tone. The skin’s efforts to stop inflammation will be successful, but at the cost of hyperpigmentation.
People with darker skin tones benefit from gentler chemical peels. Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) peels do not reach as deep into the skin, but they are still effective, They stimulate the production of collagen, which gives the skin a firm but supple texture. They help keep the skin elastic. If you have uneven skin tone, they literally uncover a clear, even, radiant skin. But even these kinder, gentler chemical skin peels should be applied under your dermatologist’s direction.
What can your dermatologist do for you that the aesthetician at your spa cannot?
Your dermatologist can give you a chemical peel with the strength you need. The spa’s choices are more limited. Some chemical peels can only be performed once, but others can be repeated as needed for touch up.
Your dermatologist will recognize your unique skin sensitivities. The doctor may give you a fruit acid peel rather than even an AHA or BHA peel to prevent stinging, burning, and other discomforts.
Most importantly, your dermatologist can help you set reasonable expectations for your skin treatment. Problems that accumulate over years do not go away overnight. Inappropriate chemical peels, and sometimes even recommended chemical peels, can cause temporary dryness and even acne. Your doctor will give you advance warning of complications, how long they will last, and the tradeoffs that lead you over a few weeks or a few months to beautifully renewed skin. And Dr. David Bryant offers chemical peels in Stockbridge & Lawrenceville, Georgia with a unique combination of expertise and convenience.
Chemical peels with World’s Famous Dermatologist couldn’t be easier.
Who would be the ideal dermatologist for your chemical peel? Dr. David Bryant has the breadth of experience to offer exactly the right treatment for your unique skin. Dr. Bryant was chief resident in his dermatology program at a UCLA hospital in Los Angeles. He has treated complex cases at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. And he makes his services available for same-day appointments in Stockbridge and Lawrenceville.
There’s no need to put off your journey to beautiful skin. Call World’s Famous Dermatologist office at (678) 885-7110 or request an appointment online today.