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Chemical Peels

Dr. Lynch and the Princeton Rejuventaion Institute provide a range of esthetic services appropriate for men and women of all ages.

A chemical peel is essentially a more advanced way of exfoliating your skin. By using a chemical solution, the dead skin can be exfoliated. The skin that grows back is smoother and younger loooking, resulting in a look that is fresher, newer and younger.

Matthew Lynch, MD

There are different types of peels—alpha hydroxy acid peels, beta hydroxy acid peels, Jessner’s peel, retinoic acid peel, trichloroacetic acid peel and phenol peels.
Different types of peels are sometimes referred to as “light”, “medium”, and “deep”.  Each type of peel uses different combinations of chemicals to create the desired result.

An alpha hydroxy acid peel is considered the most gentle of the list above, as it uses acids that occur naturally in sour milk and tomato juice. It is used to treat acne, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and areas where the skin is dry. Effects will be noticed immediately. These types of acids can be safely combined with a facial wash or cream and added to your daily skin regimen, which can improve the texture of your skin.

The beta hydroxyl acid peel is stronger than the alpha hydroxy peel as it goes deeper into the pores, it can also limit sebum excretion, which is one of the causes of acne. A Jessner’s peel is a combined recipe of 14 per cent salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol in an ethanol base. This peel can be used in conjunction with a retinoic acid peel, which can treat the appearance of scars, wrinkles and pigmentation issues. A patient with a retinoic acid peel leaves the office with the peel on their face, and the peel occurs three days following.

Trichloroacetic acid peeling can be used in concentrations from 20 to 50 per cent; the higher the concentration, the deeper the peel.

A chemical peel is not suitable for everyone.  In particular, chemical peels are often a problem if you:

 
  • Have taken some kinds of acne medication
  • Have a dark complexion
  • Have a freckled complexion
  • Have a personal history of keloid scarring)
  • Have abnormal skin pigmentation

Dr. Lynch can discuss with you the different options for a chemical peel, depending on the issues that you want to correct and the condition of your skin.

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