A chemical peel is a procedure that removes damaged skin cells, revealing healthier skin underneath. This used to refresh the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and peel off. After the peel, the skin regenerates and results in smoother and less wrinkled than
How does it work?
The Chemical Peel is an outpatient procedure, so it can be performed in a doctor's office or a surgery center, but there is no overnight stay. In preparation for the treatment, the skin is cleaned thoroughly. Then one or more chemical solutions are applied to the skin in the area of focus. This creates a "controlled wound", which peels off and allows new skin to take its place. Some of the solutions that are applied are glycolic acid, thrichoroacetic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid. its place. Many people experience a slight burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. A cool compress placed on the area skin may relieve the discomfort.
Who can benefit from a Chemical Peel?People who have the following conditions can be treated with a Chemical Peel:
- wrinkles and fine lines
- sun damage
- acne scars
- uneven skin tone or redness
Risks and Side EffectsWhen an experienced physicin or provider performs the treatment, chemical peels are exceptionally safe. There are, however, potential risks and side effects.
- Temporary, common side effects include redness, dryness, stinging or burning, and slight swelling
- Potential side effcts include:
- Darkening or lightening of the skin color.
- Infections. In rare cases, chemical peels can cause fungal or bacterial infections.
- Heart, liver, or kidney damage from phenol used in deep peels