Chemical peels are great for re-texturizing your skin. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and mild to moderate wrinkles. Once the damaged outer layer of skin is removed, it allows new skin cells to rise to the surface more quickly. This results in smoother skin texture, less dull complexion, fine lines, and wrinkles will appear less obvious. Chemical peels also help brighten and enhance your complexion.
How does a chemical peel work?
A chemical peel removes the damaged outer layer of your skin by damaging it chemically. A chemical solution is applied to your skin in order to break down the bonds that hold it together. Then, the outer layer of your skin can be easily peeled off with no pain or any side effects for you because all of this happens under controlled conditions. The deeper layers of your skin are then exposed to this new environment and start rebuilding themselves with new cells.
Chemical peels eliminate damaged layers of skin by using glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid to exfoliate the skin. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin that contains fewer blemishes and wrinkles than before the peel was applied. Most chemical peels are non-invasive and painless, although some may contain burning sensations as they work. Most people describe it as feeling like a sunburn. The burning sensation fades as healing occurs; however, some people may experience redness or dryness afterwards.
Types of chemical peels
Light chemical peels are the most common type of chemical peel. Light chemical peels remove only the outermost layer of dead or damaged skin cells. They use a mild acid solution to help shed the outer layer of skin and thus reduce wrinkles, pore size, and acne scars.
Chemical peels are usually performed in a doctor’s office under a local anesthetic. The acid solution is applied to the face in thin layers, allowed to work its way through the skin for a few minutes, and then neutralized. Depending on the strength of the peel, any discomfort afterward should be minimal, but you can expect to have your face red and feel tingling or burning sensations while the acid solution is on your skin.
Treatment with a light chemical peel can:
- Remove age spots, freckles, and discolorations.
- Improve acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
- Even out your skin tone and brighten your complexion.
- Treat damaged or aging hands and other skin areas.
Medium chemical peel
A medium depth chemical peel is considered to be a more aggressive treatment than the mild or superficial type of peel. The medium depth peel penetrates deeper into the skin layers and, therefore, may leave some redness and flake for a few days after the procedure. Medium depth peels are used to treat moderate wrinkles and sun damage, as well as acne scarring. They also can be used to treat large pores and skin discoloration.
A medium-depth chemical peel is performed in the same manner as a superficial peel. First, you will receive an anesthetic cream so that you do not feel any pain during the procedure. Next, the physician will apply a chemical solution to your face that removes dead skin cells and stimulates new cell growth. Afterward, your physician will apply a bandage to protect your skin while it heals. The recovery period can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on how deep the peel was performed.
Deep chemical peels
Also known as dermabrasion, a deep chemical peel is a procedure done to rejuvenate the skin and remove wrinkles. Unlike superficial peels that only clean up the outermost layer of skin, a deep chemical peel penetrates into the lower layers of the skin, where it removes damaged or dead cells and stimulates new growth.
Treatment time varies depending on depth and recovery time. Deep chemical peels are normally performed by a dermatologist in an office setting.
Deep chemical peels work best on young people with clear skin, but they can be effective for people of all ages.
What does it heal?
A deep chemical peel removes sun-damaged skin, fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, and pigmentation marks. It can also be used to treat acne scars, scars caused by injury or chickenpox, and pitted scars left by acne. It does not lighten dark spots from birthmarks or melasma. Superficial chemical peels are more effective for these conditions.
Chemical peel aftercare
If you’re planning on getting a chemical peel, especially a deep-action one, it’s important to know what to expect after the treatment. While the recovery time is short and you’ll be able to go about your normal routine before long, you do have to take some precautions. In order to keep your skin from getting damaged and healed as quickly as possible, there are a few things you should avoid doing before, during, and after your peel.
Avoid touching your face
One of the worst things that you can do after getting a chemical peel is touching your face. Touching and rubbing the skin can cause even more irritation and redness. You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t pick at or scratch your skin. These types of actions will only cause your skin issues to become worse.
The point of a chemical peel is to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells on the surface of the epidermis. After removal of these cells, it is imperative that you moisturize your skin; this will help regenerate new healthy cells. Without proper moisturization, you may notice that you have dry and flaky patches on your face. This can be embarrassing because you are in public, and everyone will notice how dry your face looks. It’s very important to make sure that you moisturize your face daily with a quality product that contains SPF. This will help protect the fresh new layer of skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays which could make the new layer of skin look dull and sun-damaged.
The sun emits UVA and UVB rays that can negatively affect your skin and can cause scars from tca peel burn. Exposure to the sun’s rays can cause sunburn, wrinkles, and skin cancer. The best way to shield your skin from the sun is by using sunscreen. Sunscreen is a chemical or physical blocker that prevents the sun’s rays from penetrating the skin. Many people don’t realize that your skin will remain sensitive for days after you’ve had a chemical peel procedure. There are a few things you should know about using sunscreen after a Chemical peel procedure:
- Your skin will be sensitive for 8-10 days after a Chemical peel procedure, so you should wait at least one week before exposing your skin to sunlight. When you use sunscreen, apply it for 15 minutes before going outside to let it soak into the skin.
- Reapply it every two hours and after swimming or sweating heavily. Stay out of the noonday sun if possible because it is the harshest sunlight of the day, especially during the summer months. Seek shade whenever possible because it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Let your skin peel by itself
After a chemical peel, your skin will be red and scabbed for about 5-7 days. You’ll notice that the scabs start to fall off after that time. The dead skin will appear as dry, white layers of skin on top of your skin that you can easily pick off. When this happens, do not try to remove the dead skin with any type of rubbing, peeling, or pulling. Wash your face with cool water.
After a Chemical peel procedure, wash your face with cool water. This is to reduce the burning sensation and redness to a great extent. Cooling your skin will also help in repairing the damaged skin cells. Never use hot water to clean your face after getting a chemical peel done, as it can cause inflammation and burning of skin cells.
Avoid saunas and steam rooms
After a chemical peel treatment, you must avoid saunas and steam rooms in order to prevent additional damage to your new skin cells. Avoiding these high heat environments will ensure that you do not dry out your new skin cells too quickly. As well as being painful, this can cause additional irritation and discoloration on your newly refined skin.
You may be surprised to learn that a chemical peel can turn your skin more sensitive than it has ever been. Sunscreen is a must, and keeping your face moist can lessen the chance of cracking while the peel is in progress. Finally, stay out of the heat while you heal; you don’t want to wind up with nasty sunburns.