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Mehdi Balakhani, D.D.S., M.D., F.A.C.S. is Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Christiana Care Systems and Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Delaware. He has been selected by nurses and his peers as a top doctor in Delaware since 1992. Dr. Balakhani is Board Certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 1983. He has contributed more than 20 cosmetic surgery instructional exhibits to the Medical Society of Delaware over the past 20 years. He has provided more than 200 educational seminars for public education in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.


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Choosing the Right Chemical Peel for Your Skin Type and Concerns

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Maintaining radiant, healthy skin often involves choosing a chemical peel that suits you. With the available options to choose from, understanding which one suits your skin type and concerns is important. Dr. Mehdi Balakhani, a leading expert in skincare, provides a diverse range of peels customized to address the individual needs of every patient in Delaware. This guide will help you navigate these options, ensuring you make an informed choice for your skin.

Understanding Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type is the initial step toward selecting the appropriate chemical peel. AHAs are beneficial for individuals with dry or sun-damaged skin, aiding in texture smoothing and moisture retention. For those facing deeper wrinkles or significant sun damage, TCA or phenol peels might be more suitable, offering transformative effects for more pronounced skin concerns. These options cater to various needs, ensuring a tailored approach to skincare treatments.

Types of Chemical Peels 

AHAs for gentle exfoliation

For those with dry, unevenly pigmented, or textured skin, AHAs can offer a gentle introduction to chemical peels. These peels are milder and work by exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, promoting a smoother, more vibrant complexion. They are ideal for patients looking to treat minor concerns without significant downtime.

TCA for moderate concerns

TCA peels delve a bit deeper, making them suitable for treating fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigment problems. This type of peel can provide more dramatic results than AHAs, addressing issues like age spots and freckles while still being mild enough for those not ready for the intensity of phenol peels.

Phenol for deep resurfacing

Phenol peels are the strongest of the chemical peels, offering profound results for those with coarse wrinkles, blotchy or damaged skin due to sun exposure, or pre-cancerous growths. While offering significant improvements, phenol peels also require a longer recovery time and come with more considerations, such as the necessity for sun protection and potential color changes in the skin.

Customizing Your Treatment

A tailored chemical peel treatment involves assessing your skin’s specific needs and goals. Factors such as skin type, sensitivity, and the particular skin issues you want to address play a crucial role in this process. For example, someone with dry, sensitive skin may benefit from a milder AHA peel, while those with more resilient skin looking to address deep wrinkles or severe sun damage might opt for a phenol peel. Consulting with a skincare professional like Dr. Balakhani ensures a treatment plan that’s not only effective but also safe, and customized to provide the best possible results for your skin.

Post-Treatment Care

Whichever chemical peel you choose to get, you should follow these post-treatment care tips to ensure optimal results and minimize discomfort:

  • Avoid direct sunlight for at least one week and use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to keep the skin moisturized.
  • Do not pick or peel the flaking skin, as this can lead to scarring.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, saunas, and hot baths for 24-48 hours to prevent irritation.
  • Use gentle skincare products without harsh chemicals or exfoliants until the skin has fully healed.

Schedule Your Consultation

To fully understand which chemical peel is right for your skin type and concerns, you should have a personal consultation with Mehdi Balakhani, MD, and our team in Delaware. We specialize in customized skincare solutions, including various chemical peels tailored to your unique needs. Contact us today to book your consultation.

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