If you’re wondering about getting a PCA chemical peel, one of your primary concerns may be whether it’s worth the cost. One of the ways to make this decision is to find out what all the benefits of a PCA peel is.

What is a PCA Chemical Peel?

A PCA chemical peel is actually one of a series of chemical peels. Chemical peels are one of the more common cosmetic procedures for making skin look healthier and removing blemishes. PCA peels are newer and less harsh than traditional chemical peels. PCA peels are progressive, in that they aren’t one-treatment peels. You get them at regular intervals to get the full effect, giving the skin a chance to heal and recuperate between sessions. This is another way in which the newer chemical peels are beneficial. Instead of peeling heavily at once, they accommodate a busy lifestyle by making sure you won’t feel self-conscious about your looks during treatment or have to put up with serious “down time.”

What Does a PCA Peel Treat?

Blemishes – light scars, acne, and skin discolorations from rosacea are easily treated with PCA peels.

Aging and Sun Damage – Aging can cause skin discolorations including brown spots and redness. PCA peels can minimize the appearance of these types of marks while making your skin look younger and healthier.

Hyperpigmentation – PCA peels can also treat other forms of hyperpigmentation due to skin damage, aging, or dermatological conditions.

Oily Skin – Peels can not only manage your oily skin, but they can be customized to manage dry patches and combination skin. Because the process is less harsh than traditional chemical peels, there is less risk of side effects from managing both of these conditions at once.

Enlarged Pores – enlarged pores can make you look older and make your skin look less healthy and radiant. PCA peels can help shrink pores and minimize their appearance.

So What is the Down Time on PCA Peels?

About 3-5 days after treatment, you will notice some flaking of the skin. Your skin might feel dry or tight. Moisturize as per your dermatologist’s recommendation several times throughout the day and avoid exfoliating for 10 days after your peel. Don’t pick or pull at flaking skin as this could lead to an infection or scarring.

  • You should use sunblock after getting a skin peel, and avoid sun exposure for up to two weeks. You should avoid working out, sweating, or swimming for up to 48 hours after a peel.
  • You should also avoid the tanning bed for 3 weeks.
  • Talk to your dermatologist about what other precautions you should take and activities you should avoid after a peel.

What Other Benefits do PCA Peels Offer?

PCA peels will not only make your skin look healthier by brightening up dull skin and removing the top layer of dead skin cells, but they’ll leave your face feeling revitalized and rejuvenated. They decrease acne, even out skin tone, allow your skin to breathe and allow for better penetration of skin care products. They also control oil production, meaning you’ll have fewer breakouts as you continue treatment.

Your dermatologist will work with you to recommend the best type of peel for your skin type and issues. There are many types of PCA peels available for targeting different skin conditions, and all of them can help you look younger and healthier.

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