A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment in which an esthetician or doctor applies a chemical solution to your skin, causing it to exfoliate and eventually peel off.
The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels are used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, and uneven skin tone. They can be done on the face, neck, chest, hands, or feet.
How does a chemical peel work?
During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied directly to the skin. The type of solution used depends on the desired result. Common solutions used include glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol. The strength and concentration of these acids also vary depending on your individual needs.
Once applied, the chemical solution stays on for a set amount of time before being removed with cool water. During this time it works to exfoliate deeper layers of skin while stimulating collagen production in order to improve texture and tone. Depending on your specific needs, you may need more than one treatment in order to achieve optimal results.
Frequently asked Questions
When will I see results?
You will see results immediately after the peel, but your skin will continue to improve over the next few weeks as it heals and regenerates.
How many treatments will I need?
It is recommended to have a series of treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
The number of treatments required will depend on the individual and the condition being treated. Generally, 3-5 treatments.
After the initial series of treatments, maintenance treatments will be required to keep the results consistent.
Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?
Generally speaking, people with mild skin imperfections such as wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, or freckles may be good candidates for a light or medium peel. People with more severe skin imperfections such as deep wrinkles or sun spots may benefit from a deeper peel.