What are Chemical Peels?
A Chemical Peel is an exfoliation and resurfacing treatment that gently unglues and peels away your skin’s topmost layers.
The goal is to rid your face of dead, unhealthy cells and allow smooth, dynamic cells waiting underneath to surface. If you’re looking to treat Sun/Age/Brown spots damage, or other minor, or major skin imperfections, chemical peels can help. Chemical Peels can also address concerns including fine lines, and unwanted freckles in a safe and effective way.
Treated areas take about seven to 14 days to heal after a medium chemical peel, but redness might last for weeks. After a deep chemical peel, you’ll experience severe redness and swelling. You may also feel burning and throbbing.
What to expect during a Medical Grade Chemical Peel?
Our clinicians will thoroughly clean your face, protect your hair, and cover your eyes. During a light chemical peel, a chemical solution that typically contains glycolic acid or salicylic acid is applied to the skin. The skin will momentarily whiten. Chemical peels are an excellent treatment that helps improve the overall health of the skin. They are essentially a deep exfoliation of the skin.
Types of Chemical Peels
Light chemical peel: A light (superficial) chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). It’s used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone and dryness. You might have a light peel every two to five weeks.
Medium chemical peel: A medium chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). It’s used to treat wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone. You might need to repeat the procedure to achieve or maintain the desired result.ve weeks.
Deep chemical peel: A deep chemical peel removes skin cells even deeper. Your doctor might recommend one for deeper wrinkles, scars or precancerous growths. You won’t need repeat procedures to get the full effect.
After the procedure
After a chemical peel of any depth, your skin will be red, tight, irritated, or swollen. Follow your doctor’s directions for sun protection, cleansing, moisturizing, and applying protective ointments to your skin. And avoid picking, rubbing, or scratching your skin. Recovery time depends on the individual but can takes weeks to months to recover depending on the depth of the Chemical Peel.
Results after Chemical Peel treatments
A light chemical peel improves skin texture and tone and lessens the appearance of fine wrinkles. The results are subtle but increase with repeated treatments. If you have a medium chemical peel, treated skin will be noticeably smoother. After a deep chemical peel, you’ll see a dramatic improvement in the look and feel of treated areas. Results may not be permanent. Over time, age and new sun damage can lead to new lines and skin color changes.
With all peels, the new skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun. Talk with our team at 413 Medical Aesthetics about how long to protect your skin from the sun after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Since a chemical peel is an in-depth exfoliation, it's important that you don't exfoliate for at least 1 week before your appointment. In addition, watch out for ingredients in your daily skin care products that may have an exfoliating effect.
Don't try to do a chemical peel treatment yourself – seek a skin care professional. Don't overexpose yourself to the sun, harsh environments, or pollutants. Don't pick at any of your skin that may be peeling
Five to seven days – all side effects should start to subside, and your skin should begin to look and feel “normal” Seven to fourteen days – you'll see the formation of healthy, new skin, but you may notice some redness or skin that is darker or lighter than usual for up to a month.
As well as treating acne, fine lines, sun damage and scarring, chemical peels are effective in treating all types of dark spots. The extent to which dark spots are reduced depends on the concentration and type of peel being used, as well as the severity of the dark spots.