What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is a treatment that exfoliates the skin with a concentrated chemical solution. The process gets rid of dead skin cells and debris from the surface of the skin, uncovering clear and healthy skin underneath. Chemical peels can be much more precise and deep-reaching than manual exfoliation at home.
The chemical solutions used during chemical peels can be customized to your skin’s unique needs with active ingredients you might already find in your skincare regimen – like salicylic or glycolic acid. Chemical peels can also be customized according to depth, whether it’s a light, superficial peel or a more aggressive treatment. Your skincare specialist can assess your goals and develop a customized treatment plan for your skin’s needs.
What Can Chemical Peels Treat?
Chemical peels are one of the most versatile skincare treatments available.
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Visible pores
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone
What Happens During Treatment?
If you use active ingredients like retinoids in your skincare regimen, it’s important to stop using them for at least two weeks ahead of your appointment. Chemical peels can be performed using a local anesthetic if you opt for a deeper peel. Most patients, however, can tolerate a chemical peel without it. To begin, your skin will be cleansed and made ready for treatment. Your skincare specialist will brush a chemical solution over your skin and leave it on for a predetermined amount of time. Then, once your desired depth is achieved, the solution is neutralized and washed off. Afterward, your skin will be soothed and made ready for the rest of your day.
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Chemical Peel Recovery and Results
It’s normal to experience peeling one to two days after your treatment. The length of your peeling phase will depend on how aggressive your treatment was, so make sure to plan accordingly if you have any big events planned. You may experience some redness and sensitivity during this time, similar to a sunburn. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized and use sunscreen daily. You should also avoid picking, rubbing, scratching, or exfoliating the skin during this phase since it can cause damage to your healing skin. Once the peeling is complete, you’ll see noticeably brighter, healthier skin.
Most patients benefit from a package of chemical peels for best results, and your skincare specialist will help you understand the best time to return for another treatment.
Schedule an Appointment
Chemical peels are one of the best ways to transform your skin and enjoy a radiant glow. To learn more, schedule a consultation at Hamblin Dermatology by calling or filling out our online form.
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