Are Chemical Peels Good for Dry skin?
New York winters can be pretty harsh for your skin. Bouncing back and forth between the frigid temperatures outside and the toasty temperatures inside can leave us with dry, flaky skin. One of the best ways to combat dry skin is with a chemical peel. But what exactly is a chemical peel? In short, chemical peels are one of the most popular skincare treatments today. They may sound intimidating, however a chemical peel is a treatment to make skin look instantly “fresher”. Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but you may not realize that they can also help alleviate dry skin.
What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are treatments that can help improve the appearance of the skin on your face, neck, or hands. They involve the application of a chemical solution that will cause your skin to exfoliate and eventually fall off, leaving behind smoother, less wrinkled skin.
They can be classified in three different ways: superficial (also called the lunchtime peel), which penetrates only the outer layer of skin; medium, which penetrates the outer and middle layers of skin; and deep, which deeply penetrates the middle layer of skin.
How do they help with dry skin?
Chemical peels that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) help dry skin for the following reasons:
- They contain glycolic acid: This acid removes the top, dull layers of skin and helps improve firmness and elasticity while combating dryness. It also supports your skin’s production of collagen, which helps create a full, smooth appearance.
- They hold moisture in the skin: AHA chemical peels have humectant properties, which means that they hold moisture in your skin so it doesn’t dry out as quickly.
- They act as an exfoliator: This type of chemical peel cleans out clogged pores and removes dead, dry skin cells. By clearing out these blockages, your skin will be better able to retain moisture from your skin care products.
What are some other ways to help with dry skin?
In addition to AHA-based chemical peels, the following tips can also help alleviate dry skin:
- Shorten showers: Limit yourself to showers that last only 5 to 10 minutes, since more exposure to water can dry your skin.
- Use lukewarm water: Hot water can remove too much of your skin’s naturally occurring oils.
- Choose the right face wash: Avoid products with harsh ingredients like alcohol and instead look for ones that retain moisture, such as lanolin, polyethylene glycol, and silicone surfactants.
- Wash gently: Don’t scrub your face and use your fingertips instead of a washcloth.
- Don’t wash too often: Washing your face once a day (at night) may be best.
- Use moisturizer: Use a product that’s oil-based and is free of fragrance and alcohol.
- Protect your skin from the cold: Wrap a scarf over parts of your face during cold weather.
What else are chemical peels good for?
Chemical peels can also provide the following benefits:
- Reduce fine lines under your eyes and around your mouth
- Treat wrinkles
- Minimize the appearance of mild scars
- Treat some types of acne
- Reduce the appearance of age spots, freckles, and dark spots
- Improve the texture and appearance of your skin
If you’re interested in finding out whether a chemical peel could help your dry skin, make an appointment today with New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation. Based on your individual needs, we can suggest a peel or other treatment to help your skin look and feel its best.