Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that can be applied to the face, hands, and neck. They’re used to improve the appearance or feel of the skin. During this procedure, chemical solutions will be applied to the area being treated, which causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. A light chemical peel improves skin texture and tone and lessens the appearance of fine wrinkles. The results are subtle but increase with repeated treatments.
A light chemical peel improves skin texture and tone and lessens the appearance of fine wrinkles. The results are subtle but increase with repeated treatments. If you have a medium chemical peel, treated skin will be noticeably smoother.
Chemical peels can improve the skin’s appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it “blister” and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands.
You may need to take a few days off work to recover. A medium peel causes a burn of the skin. The skin takes 5 to 7 days to heal to a point where you can use makeup to hide the redness caused by the peel. There is little or no pain after the peel.
Medium chemical peels are often a physician’s choice to treat deeper wrinkles, laxity and discoloration, since there’s more skin being removed and fresher skin being revealed once those aged and damaged layers are gone. With more repair happening via a medium peel, you can expect results to last 2 – 6 months. You will notice a visible improvement in your skin after one peel, but best results are obtained with multiple treatments over time. Just as it takes time for skin damage to accumulate, it also takes time to reverse it. In some cases, it may make sense to receive a light chemical peel every two to five weeks. If you opt for a medium chemical peel, you may want to receive this treatment every three to nine months. A deep chemical peel is one of those treatments that is only performed once.
Peels can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars, melasma, sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, and several other conditions. They can also be used to lighten dark spots. Chemical peels for lightening dark spots use chemical agents that enable the removal of the skin pigment melanin.
Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, you may feel tingling, burning, itching, dryness, redness or tightness after a chemical peel, and see peeling or flaking within a week.
It’s important to note that some people are more sensitive to skin treatments, like chemical peels, and may require time to heal. A chemical peel treatment is designed to shed dead skin cells, so your skin will peel over a few days, or a week; however, the results are worth it!
Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last 2-5 days. It is very important not to pick off peeling skin; peeling is minimal and easily controlled with moisturizer. Premature peeling of the skin will result in dry, cracked, raw skin that may develop into hyperpigmentation.
It is generally advised to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks. However, if you suffer from acne, there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you find the expected results. Most people buy a series of four or five peels up front to achieve the treatment results wanted.
Most light chemical peels are composed of a fruit or salicylic acid, meaning patients can reasonably undergo this type of peel once per month. There’s usually minor redness and irritation after a light chemical peel, so you shouldn’t need any downtime after your treatment.
How often should you exfoliate your face? The answer to our million-dollar question is pretty universal across the board: You should exfoliate your face about two to three times a week. (An acid serum two to three nights a week, plus a weekly mask or peel is a great routine to shoot for.)
In a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to small areas of skin on the face, neck or hands. Chemical peels can remove age spots, acne scars, and some wrinkles. As the smoother skin underneath heals and grows, your skin looks younger.
A chemical peel will cause the old and damaged skin to peel off thereby leaves a cleaner appearing skin with uniform colors. Some chemical peels tighten the skin by stimulating new fresh collagen. This reduces the look of fine wrinkles and large pores. Peels come in varying strengths.
Whether you have discoloration or pock marks from past acne, chemical peels can help reduce the appearance of multiple types of acne scarring.
Chemical peels are another treatment option for forehead wrinkles, as they’re used to treat a variety of other skin issues including acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven skin tone. It’s a natural process that begins to slow down as we age, leading to wrinkles, spots, unevenness, and other signs of deterioration.
Medium chemical peels are often a physician’s choice to treat deeper wrinkles, laxity and discoloration, since there’s more skin being removed and fresher skin being revealed once those aged and damaged layers are gone. With more repair happening via a medium peel, you can expect results to last 2 – 6 months.
Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
- Improve the appearance of mild scars
- Treat certain types of acne
- Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
Improve the look and feel of skin.
Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling.
After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say “broad-spectrum” on the label, meaning it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Also, it should be a physical sunscreen and be above SPF 30.
Who Is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel? Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.