Chemical Skin Peel
What is a chemical skin peel?
A chemical peel is a treatment that is performed to help improve the appearance of the skin. During the treatment, a specially formulated chemical solution is applied to the skin. When it is peeled off, some of the old skin is removed, leaving behind a smoother layer of skin.
What types of chemical skin peels are available?
There are a number of types of chemical peels available, each of which is broadly defined according to the depth of the skin that is treated. Superficial peels do not affect the skin below the epidermis, while medium peels reach the superficial layer of the dermis. Deep peels, on the other hand, are able to reach the deep layers of the dermis. The results of the peel will depend on a number of factors, including the layer of the skin that is reached, the type and concentration of chemicals that are used, as well as the length of time for which the chemical solution is applied to the skin.
How does it work?
Before you have a chemical peel, your dermatologist will carefully clean your skin. Then, a chemical solution will be applied. The solution may include lactic acid, salicylic acid and glycolic acid, among other ingredients. It is quite normal to feel a mild burning sensation during the process. After the solution has been removed, you may experience redness, sensitivity and stinging.
Why is it performed?
Chemical peels can be recommended for a number of reasons. The treatment works very effectively to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Chemical peels can also help to improve the appearance of scarring, treat some kinds of acne, and reduce the appearance of pigmentation and dark spots.