A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on different areas of the body. Chemical peels are a non-invasive way to revitalize skin, improving its overall tone and texture. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that will cause it to exfoliate and eventually, depending on the type of peel, peel off. There are three basic types of chemical peels, ranging from superficial to deep. These peels are used to treat a variety of skincare concerns.
Superficial or lunchtime peel: Alpha-hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration, acne, rough skin, sooth fine lines, as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.
Medium peel: Typically trichloroacetic acid in addition to glycol acid penetrates the outer and middle layers of the skin. The treatment is used to treat visible scars, deep wrinkles, and moderate skin discoloration. It will also smooth rough skin and treat certain skin conditions.
Deep peel: Typically these peels use phenol, a stronger chemical that penetrates deeply into the skin. This treatment removes the deepest of lines and wrinkles, age spots, and scars. Deep chemical peels often require specialized skincare in the weeks leading up to the peel. While deep chemical peels deliver the deepest, longest-lasting results, they often require some downtime as your skin heels from this more extensive type of exfoliation.
Contraindication for chemical peels
Use of Accutane®, Retin-A® within 6 months
Recent cosmetic surgery or laser resurfacing
Severe rosacea or acne
Open sores or lesions
Active Herpes simplex
It is very important to have a consultation appointment with your skin care professional to discuss your skin concerns and expectations.
To get the best result from chemical peel, it is advised to commit to a series of treatments.
Complying with the after care and sun protection are very important in the outcome of the chemical peel.
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