What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels rejuvenate the skin by removing the outer layers where damage can occur from things like acne, wrinkles, scars, or sun-damage. It can be used on the face, hands, or neck, resulting in a smooth texture and even tone, leaving a noticeable, natural glow.
There are three different types:
- A light chemical peel will remove and exfoliate only the outer layer of skin and is best used for uneven pigmentation, dry skin, acne, or fine wrinkles.
- A medium chemical peel treats acne scars, uneven skin color, and deeper wrinkles. This procedure removes the top and upper-middle layers of skin.
- Deep chemical peels come with the most risks and are used to treat sun-damage, blotchy areas, scars, and some pre-cancerous growths. It involves Vitamin-A pre-treatment to thin the skin’s layers, and anesthetic may be administered during the procedure.
Your professional will determine which procedure is best for your needs during your consultation.
Who is a candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Certain skin types may not be optimal for chemical peels. Dark complexions carry a risk of temporary or permanent color change and uneven skin tone, as well as any skin with a history of brownish discoloration. Skin prone to sagging or deep wrinkles may also not respond well to treatment. Certain medications such as hormone or acne treatments may also be a deterrent.
What can I expect during a Chemical Peel?
After choosing what type and depth of chemical peel is best for your skin, the area will be thoroughly cleansed. Your professional will determine how strong of a chemical solution will be appropriate— a stronger chemical will be chosen for a deeper peel. Next, a solution of one or more chemicals is applied to the area and left for however long is needed, depending on the depth of the peel. You may experience some burning or stinging sensation during this time and may be administered some pain medication. After the appropriate amount of time, the chemicals may be rinsed and neutralized, and additional steps to moisturize and soothe the delicate skin may take place during a deeper peel.
Results and Recovery
Depending on the level of your peel, recovery may be anywhere from one to two weeks. The treated area may feel similar to sunburn, with flaking and peeling occurring as the skin heals, as well as some swelling. A deep chemical peel may require painkillers and rest from certain activities, as the skin is sensitive and prone to infection during this time. Any chemical peel will leave the skin sensitive to sunlight during healing, and sunscreen should be used regularly.
Since your skin is vital in keeping out harmful materials, any chemical peel carries a risk of scarring and infection. The process creates a wound that will need to heal with careful treatment. Be sure to follow any steps given by your professional.
Depending on the level of your peel and how many chemical peels are done as apart of your treatment plan, your results may vary. The treatment will leave your skin smooth and radiant, as a completely new layer of skin takes the place of the old. Your chemical peel treatment is best complimented with a one of your medical grade skincare regimens.
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