About Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is a type of facial where a solution is applied to the face, causing it to blister and literally peel away. The result of peeling away this top layer is a smoother, less wrinkled appearance.
How Does a Chemical Peel Work?
Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, and hands. They are often used to treat wrinkles, sun damage, acne, scars and discoloration. After cleaning the area to be treated, your doctor will apply a solution—glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid—which will actually gently damage the top layer of skin. This may cause a burning or stinging sensation for up to ten minutes, but this will pass. Healthier skin will take the place of the skin that is removed.
Are There Side Effects?
Chemical peels do cause the skin to become extra sensitive, so it’s important to use a broad-spectrum, high SPF, UVA / UVB sunscreen. The risk for scarring or chemical burns is rare. Temporary color changes to the skin may occur as well, depending on your skin type and medications you may be on.
Is a Chemical Peel Right For Me?
Chemical peels are best for those with fair skin and light hair. Those with darker skin and hair may also see positive results from a chemical peel, but there is a higher possibility for an uneven skin tone post-procedure. Those with sags, bulges, or severe wrinkles are not good candidates for a chemical peel. However, those looking to reduce or prevent the early signs of aging may see great results from this procedure.