What is a Chemical Peel?

It is a solution that removes a layer of skin, highlighting your younger skin underneath. It helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, acne, scars, uneven skin, discolored skin, and other skin imperfections. It removes damaged skin cells across the treatment area. The results vary depending on the skin condition and type and chemical peels. It is ineffective in treating deep facial lines or wrinkles, deep scars, and tightening loose skin. There are two layers – the epidermis is the outer layer, and the dermis sits beneath.

Different Kinds of Chemical Peels

There are different types of peels based on how deeply they exfoliate, such as

Mild peels

They do not go deep and carry a lower risk of side effects, and the skin tends to recover more quickly. It usually takes a day to a week for recovery, and it is advised to wear sunscreen when stepping outside. The results are visible in around five sessions.

Medium-depth peels

Recommended for acne scars, pigmentation, and fine wrinkles and may contain side effects like swelling or blisters. It usually takes a week or two to heal and avoid sun exposure.

Deep peels

It can be suggested if a person has severe sunburn, pigmentation, and wrinkles. Usually, it takes two to three weeks to recover at home and must stay away from direct sun exposure for three-six months. Avoid makeup after the procedure is done. It may also be advised to take antiviral medication for 10-14 days, application of ointment and a thick moisturizer.

Side Effects

The side effects of mild peels are minor; however, medium, and deeper peels may have adverse side effects.

  • Lightened skin
  • Scarring
  • Redness
  • Temporary Dark patches

Is Chemical Peel Right for You?

Remember, it can be customized according to each patient and is simple and non-invasive procedure. It is not a permanent solution, nor can it slow down the aging process, but it can do wonders by reducing acne or acne scars, pigmentation, blemishes, freckles, sun damage, lines, and even more. But it all depends on the type of peel you want to go for, according to your skin condition and type.

Our professional clinicians will discuss the chemical peel and the common side effects that you might experience, including redness, burning, numbness, crusting and scabbing, and more. You will also be able to consult with one of our skin care professionals on how to introduce chemical peels into your skincare routine. Give us a call at (408) 599-3088 to get started today!