Skin is the biggest organ on the human body. It also happens to be the most exposed, and that means it takes a beating day in and day out. Every time we step outside, we expose our skin to harmful ultraviolet rays, changes in climate, pollutants and other elements that do damage. They can give us sunspots, wrinkles and other blemishes that make us look older. Not all people have the same kind of skin. Over the years, you are subjected to different factors based on where you live and what you do.

The older we get, the older we look. Unfortunately, there is no fountain of youth, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to slow the aging process. Although we can’t exactly do that, we’ve gotten pretty good at giving the illusion that we can. These days, people spend billions of dollars every year to try to look younger. There are anti-wrinkle creams, pills packed full of antioxidants, facelifts, other surgeries and a whole slew of homemade remedies that people swear by — and even though many of them are a waste of time and money, some actually do work.

One treatment that does tend to work is called a chemical peel, and unlike a lot of procedures, it doesn’t try to hide behind its name. A chemical peel is just that. Practitioners use chemicals that literally peel away layers of skin. That might sound scary, but if you’ve got all the facts it makes a little more sense. Chemical peels have the ability to make you look younger by eliminating the appearance of skin imperfections such as sunspots and acne scars

[source: Levine]. The best part is that chemical peels work by taking advantage of a natural biological process that is constantly at work in our bodies. Most people probably don’t even know its happening.

We are constantly shedding our skin. In fact, we shed our entire skin about once a month, and as fast as we shed those cells, our body makes new ones replace them [source: Vogin]. Often when we develop imperfections such as sunspots or scars, they only affect the top few layers of skin. That’s just the way it goes. So logic would tell us that removing those layers of skin would help remove those imperfections.

That’s where a chemical peel can help. It literally removes layers of skin so that newer, healthier skin cells can surface. In the process, blemishes and other imperfections are peeled away. Depending on the extent of the damage, one treatment might not completely eliminate imperfections, but it can make them much less obvious.

There are several types of chemical peels to suit different individual needs. The cost varies depending on the type of peel you get and the extent of your skin damage. There are also a few possible side effects you’ll want to be aware of before you make your decision.

At Skinlogic Med Spa we recommend having a consultation with your esthetician first. This way you are able to establish your concerns, goals for those concerns, lifestyle, and skin type. Being able to discuss all of these things will determine what peel is best for you, leaving you with no guesswork. We have a wide range of chemical peels, from very mild (very little to no physical peeling), to medium depth (3-5 days of noticeable peeling), all for specific concerns and skin types. Chemical peels do not have to be scary, they can be a great way to compliment current treatments as well as see faster results.

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