After a few weeks in the mountains, I'm back with this week's addition of Beauty Breakthroughs! And I have to say, as much as I can complain about the heat and humidity here, I was grateful for at least our humidity while in Colorado. My skin felt 10 years older and so much drier, despite all the moisturizer! So while it may wreak havoc on our hair, there's a reason Southern women look so much younger than the rest of the country. :)

Now to this week's topic: chemical Peels! I must say, as a beauty junkie myself, I often forget about this tried and tested procedure that can be done in minutes, and costs usually less than a hundred bucks.  And the results? Depending on how deep you're willing to go, you can see great results when it comes to fine lines, acne, and sun spots.  

We stopped by the offices of Dermatologists Dr. Bill Coleman and Dr. Patrick Coleman to find out about the chemical peels they recommend.  Dr. Bill Coleman says without a doubt, the peels he believes do the best for the least amount of money, are the combination glycolic acid and TCA peels.  He says the great thing about these peels is they can be layered, they can use different strengths of the acids to tailor them to a specific problem or skin type, and the patient can essentially choose how much downtime he or she will have. 

He says the peels are basically categorized into three levels: Light/Superficial, Medium, and Deep.  If downtime isn't an option for you, he says doing a light peel every month is probably your best bet.  If you've got a few days or even a week to hide indoors and peel away, then you'll typically get much more dramatic results with a medium or deep peel. He says the peels have been used for decades, and are safe when applied correctly by a dermatologist.  

The glycolic acid is applied first. It's kept on for a minute or so, washed off, then the TCA is applied.  While this was sitting on our patient's skin, 57 year old Susie, she said after about a minute or 2 it did start to burn! The pain was bearable, she said, but she was definitely ready to wash off that second step. After rinsing thoroughly with water, she said the discomfort went away.  She did peel for about 4 days, but did see some fine line reduction after a few weeks, especially around the eye area where she went a little deeper with the peel.

The Colemans say a peel like this typically costs $60-$90, which compared to some of the other procedures out there, is quite a bargain! Most dermatologists do these types of peels, but there are a number of other newer, what Dr. Coleman calls "designer" peels out there.  I'll have the latest on some of those in the next few weeks.

For more info on tonight's story, or to contact one of our docs:

Dr. Bill Coleman / Dr. Patrick Coleman
www.liposuctionneworleans.com
Coleman Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Center
4425 Conlin St
Metairie, LA
Phone: 504-455-3180