Chemical Peel treatments use a chemical solution to remove layers of skin, revealing a more youthful complexion. The rejuvenated, smoother skin lasts up to six months before you might need another session.
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Chemical Peels And How They Work
Chemical Peels are used to treat a wide variety of skin issues. There are, of course, many different options, but the right one will make a nice change in the overall look of your skin. The reasons that people look into Chemical Peels are:
- Uneven skin texture
The Different Types Of Chemical Peels
Your medical provider will ask you some questions to determine your desired outcome and develop a solution that would work best for you and your skin type. From there, they will offer some suggestions and review each option’s pros and cons. Let’s take a look at the different types of Chemical Peels there are on the market.
Light Chemical Peel
This is a Chemical Peel typically used to remove the very top layer of skin. This layer is called the epidermis. This is a very superficial peel and improves conditions such as:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Dry skin
Medium Chemical Peel
The Medium Chemical Peel is used to reach the dermis layer of the skin located below the epidermis. This type of Chemical Peel is used for:
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin tones
You may need to get several treatments to achieve your desired look.
Deep Chemical Peel
This Chemical Peel uses potent agents to remove the epidermis and the middle and upper layer of the dermis. Many times a local anesthetic is used for this sort of procedure. This will help with the pain and discomfort. However, the good news is that this peel could have results that last up to 10 years. No need for repeated treatments. This Chemical Peel is best suited for:
- Deeper wrinkles
- Deeper scars
- Precancerous skin patches
The Benefits Of A Chemical Peel
Acne is often treated with oral or topical products, but Chemical Peels are also an effective solution. Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition. Some reasons why Chemical Peels are perfect for those with acne-prone skin are:
- Increase in absorption of topical treatments
- Reduction of inflammation
- Kills bacteria
- Decrease in oil production
- Break down of comedones (plugged hair follicles)
As acne heals, it creates collagen fibers that make hypertrophic scars in an attempt to repair the lesions on the inflamed skin. These scars can create depressions in the skin, which are bumpy, raised, and atrophic scars. Medium Chemical Peels are typically recommended for acne scars to get the best results.
Rosacea is a redness in the skin due to inflammation. It can appear as red bumps and swelling and cause acne breakouts called acne rosacea. In this case, a mild or medium-level Chemical Peel would be best.
Chemical Peels are a great way to help reduce the signs of aging. Things such as these can benefit from Chemical Peels:
- Liver spots
- Uneven skin tone
- Age spots
- Fine lines
Collagen and elastin are triggered when the skin grows back. This leaves the skin’s appearance strong, supple, and less wrinkled. Chemical Peels will not help with sagging skin or deep wrinkles. This is why it is important to keep up with your skincare routine.
- Discoloration due to sun damage
- Scars due to injury
- Surgical scars
- Uneven skin tone
About Chemical Peels
What to expect during the procedure?
This outpatient procedure will cause a bit of a burning sensation that will last five to ten minutes, and a stinging sensation will follow up. Before the peel, you should clean your skin thoroughly. The different types of peels are applied to small areas of the skin, which will cause a controlled wound that lets new skin take its place.
Are there possible complications?
Some skin types will have discoloration after a Chemical Peel. If you have a color change on your face during pregnancy or while taking birth control pills, then you might be more likely. There is a very low risk of scarring. However, this might not be the right treatment if you have skin that scars easily. If you get cold sores, you want to inform the medical provider to ensure you get a prescription to help with that.
What to do before you get a Chemical Peel?
It would be best to discuss things with your medical provider before getting a Chemical Peel, such as your history of scarring. Also, some prescriptions may be offered before the procedure if you have reoccurring cold sores that keep returning. This gives you a better outcome. These are antibiotics, antivirals, Retin-A, glycolic acid, or Renova.
What to expect after a Chemical Peel?
For mild peels, the results feel like a sunburn where there will be peeling and redness over the next seven days. Mild peels are typically repeated to give you a look you are after. The medium depth and deep peels will often result in swelling and blisters, as you might get from sunburn. You might see these blisters break and crust over with a brown-colored crust and peel off gradually. Let them peel on their own to prevent scarring. This will take 7-14 days and usually is repeated every six months to a year. After treatment, you might need bandages on the skin for several days to prevent infections. You should avoid the sun or winter breeze as your new skin will be fragile.
Who are good candidates for Chemical Peels?
Typically those with fair skin and light hair are good candidates for Chemical Peels as the skin will react best. However, there are treatment options for those with a darker complexion. Severe skin wrinkles, sags, and bulges do not respond well to Chemical Peels. These types of skin situations will need a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, laser resurfacing, or soft tissue filler such as college or fat.
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