There are many products and treatments used to improve the look and underlying health of your skin. From acne cream and supplements to laser lightening treatments and injections to improve fine lines and wrinkles, choosing from the different skincare options can be overwhelming. Even though you may have heard of the treatment, you may not truly understand the chemical peel process and why it is done. With this guide, you will become more familiar with chemical peels and if they will benefit you.
As the name suggests, a chemical peel involves peeling off a layer of skin using a chemical solution.
After an initial consultation, your dermatologist will decide what grade of peel you require. Depending on your skin tone, texture, and the severity of damage, you may require a light, medium, or deep chemical peel.
No matter which option you require, the process begins by cleansing the skin thoroughly. This ensures the chemical solution will sit on the skin evenly for the most effective treatment.
The solution is then applied to the skin where it will remain for a few minutes. During this time, you may experience some tingling and warmth. This is a surefire sign the chemical solution is working, removing a layer of damaged skin.
Finally, the solution and dead skin cells are washed away.
Obviously, an improvement in your skin is the main benefit of a chemical peel. However, each type of peel offers more involved benefits.
Chemical peels can diminish numerous imperfections on/in the skin. For example, if you have suffered from acne and have acne scars, the peel can remove the layer of skin that the scars have affected.
Also, if you have fine lines and light wrinkles, the peel can diminish these signs of aging. Damage from the sun, such as sun/age spots, that affects the surface of the skin can also be removed using a chemical peel.
Finally, if you have any patches of dry, scaly skin or uneven skin pigmentation, a chemical peel can help.
It is important to note that the peels are not effective for certain skin issues you may be experiencing.
Chemical peels will not reduce loose, baggy skin, deep wrinkles, or deep scars. You should talk to your dermatologist about other solutions to correct these skin imperfections.
Improving your skin is possible with your dermatologist's help. For more information on chemical peels, schedule a consultation today.