Looking for a new way to treat yourself (and your skin)? 603,305 chemical peels were performed in 2015. In fact, it was one of the top five request nonsurgical procedures of the year.
More people are treating their pesky skin concerns with a chemical facial peel. This low-tech, non-intimidating treatment option helps whisk away wrinkles. It’s even a wonder against acne.
Not sure if this facial treatment appeals to you?
Here’s everything you need to know about chemical peels. Pretty soon you can sit back, relax, peel all your skin worries away.
What is a Chemical Peel Facial?
During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin. This skin-resurfacing procedure removes the top layer of the skin.
The peel’s exfoliating power cleans away dead skin cells. Once it’s peeled off, your skin is refreshed and rejuvenated.
Chemical peels are great for reducing wrinkles, leaving softer, smoother skin behind.
This treatment can also help treat scars and skin discoloration.
Peels are often applied to the face, neck, or hands.
Light-haired, fair-skinned patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. You can still experience good results if you have darker skin. However, you might end up with an uneven skin tone after the treatment.
Severe wrinkles, bulges, and sagging skin don’t respond well to chemical peels.
These skin issues can benefit from a different facial treatment instead. Check in with your dermatologic surgeon to determine the best treatment for your skin issues.
A chemical peel facial can cost anywhere between $100 and $400. The cost depends on where you’re located. Most peels, however, cost less than laser skin resurfacing.
Patients can request chemical peels at different depths depending on their skincare goals. The light, medium, or deep peel each use different chemical solutions.
Light Chemical Peel
A superficial chemical peel focuses on removing the epidermis, or outer layer of skin.
This peel is ideal if you have wrinkles, acne, dry skin, or an uneven skin tone. You can also choose to have this peel more often. Depending on your skincare goals, you can schedule a treatment as often as every two weeks.
Medium Chemical Peel
In addition to removing skin cells from the epidermis, this peel also removes portions of the dermis. The dermis refers to the upper part of your middle layer of skin.
This peel works best for acne scars, wrinkles, and uneven skin tones.
You can have a medium chemical peel every three to nine months. When scheduling your appointments, ask about the timeframe that will help you best maintain your results.
Deep Chemical Peel
The third type of chemical peel facial is a deep peel. This peel removes the epidermis as well as portions of the dermis’ mid to lower layers.
This peel is best for treating deeper wrinkles, precancerous growths, or obvious scars.
You should only perform this deep peel once.
A chemical peel facial can improve varying skin concerns, including:
- Certain types of acne
- Mild scarring
- Age spots, dark patches, and freckles
- Wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage
- The fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes
- The overall appearance and feel of your skin
Make sure to evaluate your skincare goals before choosing this treatment option.
The Side Effects
You might experience a number of side effects after a peel, including:
- Changes in skin color: Hyperpigmentation (when the skin appears darker) or hypopigmentation (when the skin appears lighter) are both possible
- Scarring: This side effect is rare but possible. You might experience scarring on the lower part of the face. However, using steroid medications and antibiotics after your peel can soften the appearance of these scars
- Infection: You might experience a flare-up of the herpes virus, which causes cold sores. On rare occasions, a peel can also cause a fungal or bacterial infection
- Redness: It’s normal for your skin to heal after a chemical peel. This can leave your skin slightly red. The medium and deep peels can leave your skin red for a few months
- Heart, kidney, or liver damage: The deep chemical peel uses carbolic acid. This ingredient can damage the heart muscle and cause an irregular heartbeat. There’s also the potential for kidney and liver damage
Your skin is also more sensitive to skin after a treatment. Make sure to grab your shades and a hat before heading outside.
To improve the results after your facial, follow your doctor’s aftercare orders. You should also keep up with cleansing, moisturizing, and using protective ointments.
After a light chemical peel:
- Your skin will be mildly irritated, red, and/or dry
- Apply petroleum jelly or another protective ointment to soothe your irritated skin
- Your skin will appear lighter or darker for a short period of time
- Your skin will need one to seven days to heal
After a medium chemical peel:
- Your skin will appear tight, swollen, and red
- Have a protective ointment or petroleum jelly to soothe your skin
- Use a gentle fan, ice packs, and over-the-counter medications to relieve your pain
- Get a follow-up exam after your treatment
- Your skin will likely form a crust and darken
- Treated areas need seven to 14 days to heal
- The redness may last a little longer
After a deep chemical peel:
- Your skin will appear red and swollen
- Your skin might throb and/or burn
- Your doctor should prescribe painkillers and apply a watertight dressing to the treated area
- Try sleeping in a semireclined position to reduce swelling
- Your skin will need two weeks to develop new skin
- The skin might appear darker or lighter
- Don’t use cosmetics to conceal the redness until after two weeks
Make sure to protect your skin from the sun, too! Otherwise, new sun damage could reverse the results of your treatment.
Peel Worry Away with a Chemical Peel Facial
Does a chemical peel facial appeal to you now? With this treatment option, your skin concern relief is just an appointment away!
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