The summer sunshine in Texas can take its toll on your skin, even if you’ve diligently applied sunscreen and follow a healthy skin care regimen. That’s why fall is a good time to schedule a chemical peel at the Dallas Center for Dermatology & Aesthetics. You can reverse the effects of sun damage and give your skin a refreshed appearance with the right chemical peel.
Even though summer can be a good time to get chemical peels (contrary to what you might hear), patients often wait until fall to schedule peels to treat the various skin conditions that they can address. If you do choose to schedule a chemical peel during the fall—or any time of the year, for that matter—it’s important to look for the best board-certified dermatologist you can find in the Dallas area to perform the treatment.
Why get chemical peels in the fall?
Before answering, it’s important to understand that all chemical peels aren’t created equal. There are 3 types of peels:
Glycolic Acid Peels
This peel exfoliates the skin’s outer layer, and it’s very safe and effective for controlling certain types of acne. It’s a superficial peel, and there is little to no downtime associated with the treatment. Even though the skin may be slightly drier for a few days, these are ideal skin treatments for the fall months.
Salicylic Acid Peels
Even though they are relatively superficial, salicylic acid peels penetrate a bit more into the skin than glycolic acid peels. Patients with oily or acne-prone skin can benefit from this type of peel during the summer and throughout the year. There is little to no recovery time needed for these treatments. Both glycolic and salicylic acid peels take only minutes to perform, so you can return to your schedule quickly.
Trichloroacetic Acid Peels
Medium-depth chemical peels using TCA remove a portion of the dermis and are ideal for correcting sun damage. Because it penetrates deeper into the skin, the skin peels for 2 to 3 days, and complete recovery can take more than a week.
The first 2 types, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, are the most popular peels. That’s because they require virtually no downtime. These lighter peels freshen up the skin, unclog pores, and reduce fine lines without any physical peeling.
The reasons we recommend these peels for fall skin care include:
- Quick fix that will be noticeable once you leave
- All-natural treatment that doesn’t require the grease
- Can apply your makeup about 30 minutes after the peel
- Little to no flaking
Regardless of what type of chemical peels you choose, using professional-grade sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more is a must throughout the year. The timing of the treatment is also important, even during the shorter days of fall. It makes no sense to perform a chemical peel on a patient who’s planning to spend hours in the sun the following day, even if they use sunscreen. The best approach is to get a glycolic peel or salicylic acid peel on a Monday or Tuesday so that by the time the weekend approaches, the skin is be back to normal and not so sensitive to the sun.
View our gallery of before-and-after photos to get an idea of your potential with chemical peels. If you’re interested to find out more, request a consultation online or call our office at (214) 631-7546.