A chemical peel is a combination of chemicals that are applied onto the skin to gently remove the upper layer of dead and damaged skin cells, a process known as exfoliation. This method is done to remove issues such as wrinkles, age spots, and discoloration. The skin that emerges from below the uppermost layer of skin is newer and younger looking, as well as free from blemishes.
Before you can decide on the right chemical peel for you, you will need to understand what chemical peels involve. You will also need to look at the various types of chemical peels available to you.
This type of gentle chemical peel uses a lightly acidic chemical. The goal when using it is to remove only the outermost layer of skin. This type of chemical peel is used for correcting rough texture and minor blemishes such as sun spots. It can be used on the face and neck.
With a moderate peel, the chemical mixture penetrates deeper into the skin and removes dead skin cells. This type of chemical peel may be used for treating aging-related problems such as tiny lines and brown spots. People with a tendency to freckle may also use this type of peel.
Deep Chemical Peel
This type of chemical peel goes much deeper into the skin, removing dead cells from these layers. It erases deeper wrinkles and can also eliminate minor scars. This type of chemical peel is used for greatly improving the appearance of facial skin. It may not be used frequently, as it is a more thorough and effective peel that requires a longer recovery period.
Is It Effective?
A chemical peel, carefully chosen, can help treat many skin problems. They can range from sun damage and uneven pigmentation to lines and wrinkles and scars left by acne.
You can choose your chemical peel based on its strength. Some types of peels, such as fruit peels, are mild and also effective. Stronger peels may cause redness of skin and temporary mild discomfort, but they also help treat problems such as deep wrinkles more effectively.
Usually, healthy people with light skin tones are the most responsive to chemical peels. You will need to ensure that your skin, apart from the blemishes you want to treat, is in a good condition. It should not have cuts, sores, or weak spots.
If you are experiencing an infection or your skin is sunburnt or has other skin problems, you might need to wait for the problems to subside before undergoing a chemical peel. You must also not use chemical products on your skin for a few days prior to chemical peel treatment.
Depending on the strength of the chemical peel, patients may experience swelling, redness, and inflammation of their skin for a few days after the treatment. As their skin heals, these problems will subside. They may need to protect their face against sunlight, harsh winds, and chemicals during this stage. Their doctor may also prescribe soothing creams and medications to help with the pain and redness.
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