Chemical peels are a popular solution for facial rejuvenation and can improve a number of skin concerns. There are several types of chemical peels with varying strengths to choose from based on your skin type, concerns, and dermatologist’s recommendations.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel can be used to improve the appearance of the skin using a chemical solution. The solution is applied to the skin to exfoliate and lead to the peeling of damaged layers of skin. New skin appears smoother and healthier. Depending on the extent of skin damage, chemical peels can target the skin at different depths.
Who is a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Those who suffer from acne scars, signs of aging, discoloration, lines, and wrinkles can benefit from a chemical peel. A dermatologist can determine which strength of peel you are a candidate for based on your concerns. Types of chemical peels include:
- Superficial Peel: uses a mild acid to target the outer layer of the skin to exfoliate it away. This type of peel is effective in treating those with mild skin discoloration and rough texture.
- Medium Peel: uses glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to target the outer and middle layers of skin. You might be a candidate for this type of peel if you experience age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and other moderate skin irregularities.
- Deep Peel: often uses phenol acid to target outer, middle, and deep layers of skin. You might be a candidate for a deep peel to treat more severe skin concerns for dramatic improvements.
If you are fair skinned or have a skin condition such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea, you might not be a candidate for a chemical peel.
What to Expect During a Chemical Peel Treatment
To start treatment with a chemical peel, the skin will be cleaned. Next, the chemical solution is applied to the area causing a sunburn-like reaction. Depending on the strength of the solution used, the area might be bandaged for protection. Deep peels usually only require one treatment; however, superficial peels can be repeated every two months, whereas medium depth peels can be repeated in six to twelve months.
After Chemical Peel Treatment
After treatment with a chemical peel, you might experience some swelling and peeling over the course of the next few weeks. You can use an ice pack to help manage symptoms or, for a medium to deep peel, you might have medication prescribed. The peeling process will reveal your new and improved skin. Your new skin will be extra sensitive, so it is recommended to avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment. Your specific aftercare instructions will depend on the type of peel you have done and will be provided to you by your dermatologist.
To find out which type of chemical peel could improve your skin concerns, schedule a consultation with your dermatologist. If you are in the Jupiter, FL area, you can visit Jupiter Dermatology for your treatment with a chemical peel.