Chemical peels improve the skin’s appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it “blister” and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Chemical Peels can be done on the face and most of the body. They can be used to:
- Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
- Improve the appearance of mild scars
- Treat certain types of acne
- Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
- Improve the look and feel of skin
- Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling
WARNING: After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say “broad-spectrum, medical-grade” on the label, meaning it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and try to limit your time in the sun.
Am I a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?
Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond as well to chemical peels.
About Chemical Peel Depths
Chemical peels are performed at different depths; Light, Medium, or Deep depending on your desired results. It’s important to note that each type of chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more-dramatic results, but also involve longer recovery times.
- Light Chemical Peel: A light, or superficial, chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). Light chemical peels are used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. You may receive a Light Chemical Peel as often as once a week for up to six weeks or segue to a deeper chemical peel.
- Medium Chemical Peel: This type of chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). A medium chemical peel can treat wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone. You might repeat a medium chemical peel every six to 12 months to maintain results.
- Deep Chemical Peel: A deep chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the mid to lower layer of your dermis. Furthermore, your doctor might recommend a deep chemical peel if you have deeper wrinkles, scars or precancerous growths.